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5 Ways Every Guy Can Improve His Appearance

When it comes to guys and their personal appearance, no detail is too small.  There was a time when manly men poked fun at those who had a few extra skincare products in their medicine cabinet.  Today, the men’s grooming industry is a $21 billion global business. Numerous research studies have confirmed that poor personal appearance can have a negative impact on various aspects of your life from professional success to finding a life partner.  If you feel like your look is falling a little flat, don’t head to the mall to spend all your money on new clothes.  There’s a lot more to enhancing personal appearance than what’s on your back.

1. Change your skincare routine

A lot of guys think a bar of soap and some water is all they need for their skincare regime but they’re actually putting their skin in danger.  In addition to stripping their skin of its natural moisture, they aren’t thoroughly removing dirt and dead skin cells.  They also aren’t taking steps to protect their skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, as well as other free radicals.

The first thing guys need to do is determine their skin type. Likely, you’ll have either normal, oily, dry/sensitive, or combination skin. Once you know this, you need to select a cleanser that’s designed for your specific skin type. This is important because you’ll avoid removing too much moisture.  Your skin’s natural oil, or sebum, is what helps fight off the effects of aging and stimulate new skin cell growth.  You’ll also need a moisturizer with an SPF 15 for the daytime and a rehydrating cream for the night time. Your skin does its most aggressive repair work overnight.

If you’re really into mastering your routine, pick up some toning pads. These pads are best used after cleansing your face as they help to ensure that you’ve removed every speck of dirt.  Clean pores mean you’ll avoid the buildup that causes acne.  For those rare pimples keep a mild spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide handy and at least twice a week use a gentle exfoliating wash for a deeper clean.  Focusing on your skincare ensures you have healthy, glowing skin - a must to achieve your best look.

2. Invest in teeth whitening

The foods and liquids you consume on a daily basis might be good for your body but they can cause damage to your teeth.  Let’s face it - you use your teeth every single day and, like anything you use on a daily basis, they suffer from normal wear and tear.  Especially for those guys who are heavy coffee, tea, or wine drinkers, yellowing or browning of the teeth can become problematic.  Teeth whitening is a safe and effective method to reverse the darkening effects and restore your original pearly white smile.

3. Lift weights on a regular basis

Lifting weights at least three times a week has been scientifically proven to make you look better and improve the quality of your life.  On the surface, you’ll burn excess fat and pack on lean muscle. Of course, this will help you look great in your clothes no matter what you’re wearing, but regular exercise also releases endorphins which improve your mood, and your lifting sessions help you get better shuteye every night.  Not only will you look better, you’ll also be a happier, more well rested person.

4. Keep your beard in check

Beard culture has permeated popular culture for good.  Many fashion critics refer to this period as “peak beard”. It’s likely that you currently have a beard or plan on testing the waters at some point in the near future. If you do, don’t just let your beard grow wild without intervention.  To keep the hair soft and healthy, invest in a great beard oil.  It’ll help keep your beard and the skin underneath moisturized.  You’ll need to use a beard wash or shampoo every other day to get rid of the crumbs and grime and you’ll still need to visit the barber every couple weeks to make sure you’re trimming off unhealthy growth and keeping everything in order. 

If you aren’t planning on growing a beard, think about this: a study from the Journal of Evolutionary Biology revealed that women found men with facial hair more attractive, masculine, and capable of protecting them. It’s worth your consideration.

Read more: Biggest Men's Grooming Trends

5. Change your diet

Your body reflects the quality of the fuel you put in it.  If you have a daily trip to McDonald’s on your schedule, you might want to reconsider.  Lean meats, vegetables, fruits, and plenty of water will help improve the condition of your skin, fight off unwanted weight gain, and give you more energy to conquer the day.  For extra effect, invest in a probiotic supplement or natural drink like kefir to make sure your gut bacteria stays in fighting shape.

Improving your appearance isn’t just some frivolous experiment. With these five tips, you can make long-lasting adjustments that will change your life for the better - for good.

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A Fun Look at the History of Dental Hygiene

October is both National Dental Hygiene and National Orthodontic Health Month so we thought what better way to celebrate and raise awareness than with a look back at how scary oral care used to be.


A Tooth Puller – oil on canvas by Jan Steen circa 1625

A Fun Look at the History of Dental Hygiene

We all know the routine: brush your teeth after every meal, floss as often as possible, and get regular dental checkups. While this is the modern guide to dental hygiene, it wasn’t always that way. The history of oral care shows just how far we’ve come, and how important it is to keep those pearly whites clean.

A Long, LONG Time Ago…

Some people think that dental hygiene is a modern concern, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. As far back as 5000 BC people were talking about tooth problems. Historians found references to “tooth worms” that decayed teeth in an ancient Sumerian text. While the image is, well, less than appealing shall we say, it shows how impactful dental hygiene has always been.

Since modern humans came into existence, teeth have been an extremely critical part of our anatomy. We need our teeth to stay healthy and strong to ensure we can properly chew and consume the food we require to keep our bodies running. Without even realizing it humans also rely on oral aesthetics such as straight, white teeth to help us succeed in school, work and love (more about that in our next exciting post!).

We’ve Come a Long Way


Image Source: harddawn.com

Over the years every culture tried to come up with ways to combat oral health problems. Imagine getting a toothache before modern medicine was invented! As the medical profession’s advanced, so did the ability to care for dental problems with more effective solutions. However, the “Father of Modern Dentistry” didn’t appear until 1723 when French surgeon, Pierre Fauchard began developing the field into what it is today.

Even though dentistry saw a lot of advancements beginning in the early 1700’s, there were still some pretty frightening tools being used. The Smithsonian has a great blog post with pictures of some early tools that dentists used to work on patients. If you’ve ever taken a peek at the shiny tray of instruments that your dentist uses when you visit, you might even recognize some of the predecessors to those tools in the post!

Image Source: americanhistory.si.edu

Dental Care for the Modern Age

Can you picture a world without toothbrushes? It might seem like they’ve always been around, but the modern toothbrush wasn’t even invented until 1938 and some of the first toothpastes included chalk and soap. Soap and chalk sound pretty unpleasant, especially now that we have delicious mint and cinnamon flavored toothpastes to use every day.

There’s Science to Back It Up

Oral care isn’t just a ploy to sell more toothpaste. A 2015 study conducted by the Japan Dental Association summarizes it best, “Moreover, research has made it clear that dental and oral health has the potential to maintain and improve systemic health status.” In fact, the report delves extensively into the ways that dental hygiene can impact a patient’s recovery from surgery. If you think that keeping your teeth clean won’t have much of an impact on your body’s ability to heal, think again! All of your systems are interconnected, and the report explains that while your body is healing from surgical procedures it’s critical to maintain proper oral hygiene. Otherwise, you risk developing complications or even infections that can cause huge problems as your body attempts to recover.

Read more: What are your teeth saying about you and your health

What Is “Good” Oral Hygiene?

The Mayo Clinic goes as far as to call your oral health “A window to your overall health.” There are so many conditions that can be impacted by your dental care that it’s important to maintain the highest levels of cleanliness possible. How can you do that? Luckily, England’s NHS put together a handy guide to help you stay on-top of your dental care. They recommend the following (of course talk to a dentist first before following a new medical care routine):

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes (enough time to clean the surface of each tooth) just before bed and at one other time during the day.
  • Use a toothpaste with the appropriate fluoride concentration.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth right after brushing your teeth, it’ll wash away all of the fluoride.
  • Mouthwashes can help strengthen teeth, but follow the no rinsing rule to make sure the fluoride isn’t rinsed off.
  • Flossing is important to prevent both gum disease and bad breath.

Following these tips can help keep your teeth and gums from getting infections, not to mention keep your breath smelling sweet. However, if history is any indication, there will probably be updates and revisions to these best practices as dentistry makes advancements and medical care evolves.

Read more: How to get into a positive dental care routine

So there you have it, dental care is just as important as your parents always told you. It’ll keep your teeth healthy for the rest of your life, and help you to maintain good overall health. We can consider ourselves lucky that dentistry and knowledge of dental care has come as far as it has over the centuries. Now it is simpler than ever to prevent those nasty “tooth worms” and keep your teeth strong and clean.

Now Get Cleaning!

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Maintaining Your Pearly Whites


Using our Pearly Whites products is an investment in your teeth. With Pearly Whites, you earn a pristine, glistening white smile. It’s a smile that exudes confidence. It’s a smile that you value. It’s a smile that you want to maintain. That’s why we’re going to take a moment to mention a few things to do to keep your pearly whites clean, healthy, and white!

Keeping Your Teeth Clean & Healthy

There are the obvious steps that we all should take to keep our chompers clean and our mouth healthy: Brushing at least twice per day, or brushing after every meal; flossing before brushing; and using mouthwash to tackle bacteria that causes plaque. In addition, it’s essential to visit the dentist often for more thorough cleanings. But there are a few tips that you may not yet know!

Waterpik®

Consider investing in a Waterpik (or oral irrigator). These nifty little machines shoot a jet of water between teeth and into gums to remove more debris and bacteria. Although they shouldn’t be utilized to replace regular flossing (regular flossing is still necessary for removing debris that has clung to the surfaces of your teeth), they can further clean your teeth. Traditional floss falls short in that it can’t clean below the surface of your gums. That’s the beauty of the Waterpik, and it’s why you may want to add a Waterpik to your daily dental essentials.

The Power of Cinnamon

Sugar-free cinnamon-flavored chewing gum can save you from cavities! Who’d have guessed that a stick of chewing gum has the power to help your teeth? Sugar-free cinnamon-flavored chewing gum contains aldehyde, an ingredient that can help to wipe out bacteria that may otherwise cause cavities. In addition, chewing gums that contain xylitol can also help you to reduce oral bacteria. Pop in a stick or two of sugar-free gum per day to keep bacteria at bay.

Clean Your Teeth with Food!

Sticky foods are the bane of teeth. So are foods that are destined to get stuck between your teeth. Also, there are sugary foods, acidic foods, and foods that make bacteria prolific. Fortunately, there are also foods that can help you clean your teeth; they can even help to wash away more harmful foods! Reach for crisp veggies at the end of a meal to give your teeth a break from other foods. Carrots and celery are excellent options when you’re looking for that brushed-teeth feel while you’re without access to a toothbrush.

Hydrate!

Water aids in whole-body health just as much as it aids in your oral health. Chase meals and drinks with a few gulps of water, and feel free to swish and gargle. You’ll remove a bit of debris, and you’ll mitigate the growth of bacteria. On top of that, when you hydrate, you’re giving your salivary glands much of the material they need to produce saliva. Saliva is essential for digestion, and it keeps your mouth and teeth healthy, so drink plenty of water every day!

Staying Pearly White

When it comes to staying pearly white, you can always count on Pearly Whites USA. We’re your source for in-home teeth whitening products. Getting the whitest pearly whites is simple with our line of whiteners.

On-The-Go Whitening Pen Express

Simple, fast, and effective, our Whitening Pen Express gives you the power to whiten your teeth while you’re on the go. Simply use the pen to place a bit of gel over the surface of your teeth. Leave the gel on for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse. And voila! Your pearly whites are pristine! This product is perfect for maintaining white teeth, and it’s great for boosting the effects of our professional teeth whitening system.

Get Going with Our Starter Pack

Want to give our professional teeth whitening system a trial? Our starter pack will give you a taste of the power of our professional teeth whitening system. This pack comes with the basics: Two 3 ml whitening gel syringes, two moldable mouth guards, and one LED light to activate the whitening gel.

Turn Pro with Our Professional Teeth Whitening System

Similar to the Starter Pack, but so much better, our in-home Professional Teeth Whitening System comes with one desensitising gel syringe, three whitening gel syringes, two moldable mouth guards, a mouth guard carrying case, an LED light, a color shade chart to track your progress, and an user’s manual. Get professionally whitened teeth from the comfort of your home at a fraction of the cost of a dentist’s whitening.

Double Down with Our Best Friends Pack

Why not whiten your teeth together with a bestie? With our Best Friends Pack, you can do just that. Track each other’s progress, and get pearly white smiles at the same time! And use the color shade chart to keep track of your results. The Best Friends Pack includes two Professional Teeth Whitening System Packages.

Comfort Calls with Our Coconut & Charcoal Whitening Strips

Coconut oil and charcoal make a powerful whitening combination. Charcoal soaks up stains from your teeth while coconut oil wipes out bacteria and reduces gum inflammation. Your mouth will feel great and look pearly white. This product is especially useful for those with sensitive teeth.

Are you curious about any of our products? Feel free to get in touch with a Pearly Whites representative or check out our frequently asked questions.

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Fight Tooth Stains... Avoid the Following:

Here at Pearly Whites USA, we know how easy it is to get stained teeth. Think about it; your teeth sit stagnant in a wet, bacteria-filled cave 24-7. On occasion, they’re charged with chomping down on food. Now, this food nourishes our bodies, but it also contains dyes that naturally yellow and brown our would-be-white teeth. On top of that, our teeth are constantly smothered by liquids that further color our chompers. Sodas are full of artificial colors. Coffee is sure to turn teeth brown. And, even tea can stain teeth. What are we to do? While it’s unfortunate that the odds are stacked against our teeth, there is a solution: Pearly Whites’ professional in-home teeth whitening kit. Our products are designed to give you the smile that you desire. But, if you’re looking to avoid a tarnished smile, we’ve also compiled a list of foods, drinks, and an activity that you ought to avoid to keep that smile pristine. Here’s a list of some of the most staining consumables that our teeth endure; avoid them as you wish:

Drinks

While some of the following drinks are healthy, others are downright damaging to the body. That said, all of the following drinks are liable to stain your teeth. We recommend drinking water after drinking these beverages to reduce the onset of staining. You can also resort to drinking milk or eating cheese to wash away stain-causing consumables.

Juices

Juice drinks, especially dark-colored juice drinks, are liable to turn your teeth brown. Juices (both those with artificial colors and those without), such as cherry juice and grape juice, include ingredients that stain your teeth.

Coffee

Most folks know that coffee can stain your teeth. Coffee is acidic, and this acidity can penetrate the surfaces of your teeth. Combine acidity with the brown coloration of coffee, and you have an equation for yellow and brown teeth.

 

Tea

Tea is kind of like coffee’s mean little brother. It’s a bit less feisty, but it can still pack a punch. Tea is also acidic, and its coloration can leave your teeth lacking the luster that you desire.

Soda

Soda is acidic as well as sugary, and it often contains artificial coloring. Those three reasons stack up to make soda one of the worst culprits when it comes to teeth stains. Minimize your soda consumption, and be sure to wash soda away with a cup of water when you do choose to partake. Or just avoid soda altogether… it’s bad for your body anyways.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks may aid your body by replenishing electrolytes, but they can attack your teeth. Similar to soda, sports drinks are often sugar-filled, acidic, and full of artificial coloring. Again, those are three puzzle pieces that add up to yellowing, browning teeth.

Wine

Wine, both white and red, can stain your chompers. Wine, too, is acidic. Red wine is full of coloration that’s sure to leave your tongue, lips, and teeth purple. White wine is even more acidic, and that can be worse for the coloration of your teeth.

 

Beer

Yes, beer is also acidic. And, like all of the aforementioned beverages, it contains color. Dark beers can be especially quick to leave you with a yellow smile.

Food

There are drinks that damage and dye your teeth, and there are foods that do the same. If you’re especially tooth-conscious, you may want to limit your consumption of the following foods. Again, you can drink water or milk, or you can eat a bit of cheese to minimize the effects of these stain-inducing foods.

Red Sauce

Do you like red sauce on your pastas and pizzas? Your teeth may not appreciate it. Red sauces are tomato based, and tomatoes are acidic. Not only that, but tomatoes are also (as we all well know) very, very red. That means staining, and it can mean brown teeth as you gobble down plate after plate of spaghetti.

Curry

If you’re a fan of spice, you probably love curry. However, curry is packed with spices that are due to dye your teeth. Turmeric, a main spice ingredient in curry, is especially potent. Did you know that turmeric can be used to stain and dye clothing? Well, your teeth may experience a similar treatment if you consume a lot of curry.

Balsamic Vinegar

Again, acidity wreaks havoc on your tender teeth. Balsamic vinegar is dark brown in color and it’s quite acidic. That leads to - you guessed it - brown teeth.

Berries

Berries are delicious and healthy, yet they’re out to leave your teeth stained. There’s a reason blueberries are called blueberries: It’s because they can leave your teeth (and the rest of your mouth) blue. Berries like blueberries, raspberries, and cherries can stain your teeth over time.

Smoking

If you don’t know that smoking is bad for you, you’ve been living under a rock. It’s also likely that you know that smoking damages your teeth. Think about it; essentially, if you’re just holding toxic smoke against your pearly whites, then they won’t be pearly and white for long. Consider cutting the habit, and reward yourself with a white smile thanks to our professional in-home teeth whitening kits.

 

Chewing Tobacco

Tobacco just isn’t good in general. It can stain your teeth in no time, and more importantly, it can lead to oral cancer. Like smoking, chewing tobacco is a habit to be avoided altogether. Pick up a few sticks of sugar-free chewing gum instead. Your mouth, and your teeth, will applaud your decision. When it comes to smoking and chewing tobacco, it’s a bit of a no-brainer. Just quit.

When You End Up with Yellow Teeth...

In short, it’s a bit impossible to avoid everything that can stain your teeth. We understand the struggle. So, when it’s time to reclaim your pearly whites, you can always count on us here at Pearly Whites USA. We provide in-home teeth whitening solutions that are unparalleled in their power and usability. Check out our line of teeth-whitening products here!Save
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The Power of a Whiter Smile

Have you ever felt like you would feel more confident with a whiter smile? Well, a study shows that people look more attractive, self-confident, trustworthy and financially successful with whiter teeth.

We all know first impressions are a big deal! Having a brighter smile can change your level of self-confidence. It makes you more attractive. It makes you look like you take care of yourself. Whiter teeth give you a more healthy and attractive look but faded or yellow teeth look dirty and untidy, and they can ruin the whole appearance of a person.

Research commissioned in 2007 shows that having a pearly white smile has a direct impact on successful interactions, both socially and professionally. White teeth significantly affect what other people think of you for the first time they meet you.

The three-part research included simulated job interviews, first dates and quantitative online research: More than half of the participants were more likely to be hired (58%) and offered larger salary (53%), after their teeth were whitened. The research also shows that the evaluators were paying more attention while interacting with or “dating” participants whose teeth were whitened.

During the simulated job interviews it was also noticed that most of the participants were seen as more professional (65%) and self-confid
ent (61%) after teeth whitening. And in the simulated first dates over half of the participants were seen as more sociable (59%) after teeth whitening 

This research proves the amazing power of a whiter smile. White teeth are a sign of success. It shows that a person has the time, resources and desire to invest in their smile. Cleaner and whiter teeth make you look more attractive. We've made it easier than ever to get that perfect professional-looking white smile in the comfort of your own home.

There are so many great benefits to having a whiter smile, both personally and professionally. Learn how to maintain your pearly whites and reap the rewards of an amazing smile! 

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