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What You Need To Do To Achieve That Perfect Smile

Wearing a healthy and lovely smile will always beat putting on the most expensive clothes and the fanciest shoes.

There is just something about a perfect smile that brightens up the mood in any room. A serious corporate conference, for example, instantly feels lighter when someone making a presentation smiles a sunshiny smile as he or she goes. Even a casual meeting with friends becomes even more cheerful when there are lovely smiles all around.

Achieving a perfect smile isn’t easy, but it’s absolutely doable, especially when you seek the help of cosmetic dentistry. Here are some tips on how to get that smile you’ve always wanted.

Practice proper oral hygiene

Keeping your teeth clean is crucial to making your smile picture-perfect. For good dental hygiene, brush your teeth two times a day, and use toothpaste that contains fluoride. If you can floss on a regular basis, that would also be great.

Proper oral hygiene also involves cleaning our tongue, which carries just as much bacteria as teeth. Use a tongue cleaner to get rid of bacterial buildup, which could lead not only to tooth decay but bad breath as well.

Your toothbrush, floss, and tongue cleaner might not be able to get rid of all bacteria, so rinse with mouthwash for an extra clean mouth.

To make sure that your toothbrush stays clean at all times, you might want to store it inside a UV toothbrush sanitizer.

Avoid carbonated drinks and beverages

Fizzy drinks, alcohol, coffee, and other beverages aren’t doing your teeth any favors. Many drinks and beverages stain your teeth, which hardly makes for a perfect smile. If you can’t avoid them, you should at least limit your intake.

Quit smoking

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that cigarettes stain your teeth in the worst possible way. More often than not, you can tell that one’s a smoker by how his or her teeth look, which is typically on the darker side of yellow, or worse, brown. If you want a perfect smile, smoking should be a no-no for life.

Visit your dentist regularly

Regular visits to the dentist are crucial to maintaining dental health, so never miss an appointment.  

Consider cosmetic dentistry

Sometimes, however, practicing proper oral hygiene, avoiding certain drinks and foodstuff, and visiting a dentist on a regular basis is not enough to help you achieve a perfect smile. This is especially true of people who were born with less-than-perfect natural teeth.

Thankfully, any problems with the appearance of your teeth can now be addressed by a cosmetic dentist.

If you have a perfect set of teeth, but parts of it are stained, then a teeth whitening procedure would be par for the course.

If your problem is a noticeable gap in your smile, porcelain veneers ought to do the trick. Once veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth, your smile will look perfect and will stay that way for many years.

Many people were also born with crooked teeth, which can be repaired using traditional braces or Invisalign trays, which are essentially braces made from a clear plastic resin. Whatever method you choose, you can be sure that you’ll have straight teeth by the time they’re removed for good.

Did you lose a permanent tooth sometime in your adult life? Dental implants have you covered. If you get a dental implant, a post will be fused to your bone, and a cap will be placed over it. You will essentially have a new, permanent tooth, and it will last for a long time.

Everyone would love to have a perfect smile, but you need to work at achieving it, and you need to work harder at keeping it. Hopefully, the tips listed above can help you do both.

 

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The Connections Between Gum Disease & Overall Health

There’s no denying the relationship between oral health and overall physical health — whether you’re talking about getting braces or practicing proper oral hygiene. That’s because the body is so interconnected, what affects one part affects the others. Gum disease, in particular, has a clear connection to the rest of the body. Did you know some of the side effects of gum disease range from cancer to diabetes to problems with pregnancies? The bacteria from periodontal disease has even been shown to enter the bloodstream and increase the risk of stroke.

 

Because gum disease and other health issues are so linked, it’s vital to practice proper oral hygiene to protect your body. Brush and floss twice a day. Avoid habits known to damage the teeth, such as smoking or chewing tobacco. Likewise, take advantage of tools that fight gingivitis such as the UV toothbrush sanitizer.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about the connection between gum disease and your overall health, take a look at the accompanying guide. In it, you’ll find a clear explanation of what gum disease is, some of the side effects, and how you can practice preventative measures to protect your health.

 

 

Author bio: Dr. Kristina Sakas Katz, Associate Orthodontist at Rosen Orthodontics, joined the practice in 2017. She has been a lifelong orthodontic learner, starting at age 10, when could be found shadowing her mother, Dr. Jacqueline G. Rosen, at the office. This early childhood interest developed into a passion.

 

 

Infographic created by Rosen Orthodontics

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Removing Mold From Your Electric Toothbrush

At times, the use of an electric toothbrush can build up mold. Especially using it after long periods of time without cleaning it regularly. Nobody likes to brush with mold and mold does not like to brush with anyone either. Mold can be very toxic and it is important that it is removed immediately.

How To Remove Mold From The Brush Head

Wear gloves, bleach is a harsh solution. Mix one part bleach to ten parts water.

Dip the brush head into the bleach solution.

How To Remove Mold From The Toothbrush

Wear gloves and use a dry cloth.

Dip the dry cloth into the bleach solution.

Rub the cloth onto the toothbrush, successfully removing all of the mold that is present.

Why Does Mold Grow On My Toothbrush?

  • You’re sharing the toothbrush.
  • You’re storing the toothbrush in a cap that is not vented. So the bristles are not drying completely.
  • You’re keeping the toothbrush near your toilet therefore exposing it to bacteria that comes from flushing an uncovered toilet.
  • You’re not changing your toothbrush every 3 months.

How To Prevent Mold From Growing On Your Toothbrush

  • Change the brush head every three months and when the bristles appear worn out.
  • Deep cleaning your toothbrush, read our article about cleaning brush heads here.
  • Using disinfectant wipes to clean your toothbrush regularly will reduce the presence of mold on your brush.
  • If you brush twice a day, use two different toothbrushes. If you brush three times a day, use three different toothbrushes. A different toothbrush for each time of the day you brush.
  • Using a UV Toothbrush SanitizerSEE UV TOOTHBRUSH SANITIZERS HERE>>
  • Avoid, covering your toothbrush with a cap. Try to use a toothbrush with a vented cap for hygiene.

What Can Mold On My Toothbrush Do To Me?

Mold on your toothbrush can affect your lungs, it can also cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or in some cases, skin irritation.

Now your all ready for whenever the battle of mold tries to come your way! You’ll be able to stop it before it even starts, hooray!

Now you know why you need a UV toothbrush sanitizer

 

 

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Tips On Keeping Your Brush Heads Sparkling Clean

Changing your brush head every 3 months is important to your overall oral health. But have you thought of how extremely important cleaning your brush heads while using them is. Here are some tips on making sure that you’ll get the best clean every time you brush.

How To Clean Your Brush Head

Vinegar Solution

Wipe the brush head with a dry cloth to remove any dirt that might be siting on it.

Make a vinegar solution by mixing ½ cup of water, 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a cup. After creating the solution, be sure to submerge the brush head into the solution for 30 minutes. Please check and pay attention to the time to avoid the bristles coming apart.

Once the 30 minutes are up, rinse and dry the brush head with a cloth.

This solution allows for the brush heads to be free of gunk, mold, and any living bacteria.

If you want a faster method, check out the boiling water method.

Boiling Water Method

Wipe the brush head with a dry cloth to remove any dirt that might be siting on it.

To clean brush heads please bring water to boil. Dip your toothbrush or the brush head into boiling water for 5 to 10 seconds, it will effectively clean the bristles. This is an important method to use for removal of bacteria from illnesses. Boiling your toothbrush will help you get better faster.

If you want a super easy and effective method with good known results then check out our UV sanitizers.

The Violife Countertop UV Toothbrush Sanitizer by Philippe Starck

Have you ever wanted to sanitize multiple brushes at just once while avoiding cross contamination at the same time? If yes, then this sanitizer might be for you!

This revolutionary product kills germs efficiently and prevents cross-contamination in up to 4 toothbrushes at a time, simultaneously using pure UV light. The germicidal UV light eliminates up to 99.9% of the germs on your toothbrush. Harmful germs such as streptococcus, e. coli, listeria, and salmonella. Its a one-touch start and auto shut-off after just 10 minutes!

The Violife Countertop UV Toothbrush Sanitizer by Philippe Starck sounds like a great idea but you just want one sanitizer holder, not multiple? Then you might want to keep reading.

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The Violife Zapi Luxe UV Toothbrush Sanitizer

Zapi Luxe is decorative, cute, and merciless on those germs. Winner of the International Housewares Design Award 2009, your new high-tech friend kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria with UV technology, including H1N1, E. Coli, Staph, Salmonella, and Listeria. 7 minutes later, the sanitizer leaves your toothbrush pure, and then automatically shuts off.

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The Violife Travel Safe UV Toothbrush & Sanitizer

 

Brush anywhere with confidence!  The toothbrush case has a built-in germicidal UV light which eliminates germs and bacteria like strep, e. coli, staph, salmonella, and H1N1 in just 6 minutes. This product is great for airplanes, hotels, college dorms, health clubs and many more places you can imagine! The Violife Travel Safe UV Sanitizer eliminates up to 99.9% of germs with pure UV light. This sanitizer has a lifetime bulb, so no need to replace the bulb! It is very easy to use, automatic activation when you close the lid and auto shut-off in 6 minutes.

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Now you can brush your teeth with a healthy and sparkling clean feeling!

 

 

 

 

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Tooth Fairy Traditions – what does the molar myth look like around the world?

We shape our daily routine around them, we clean them, floss them, chew with them and check them for lipstick and food bits, tear open a bag with them when nobody’s looking. Our teeth are valuable to us, both in how they look and how we use them. It’s no wonder a tooth fairy would pay big bucks for them.

Throughout human history and across cultures, some interesting traditions have cropped up to accommodate the superstitions and celebrations surrounding the loss of baby teeth and the new gap for big-girl-and-boy teeth.

The United States & Canada

Let’s start with the enigmatic fairy. Who is she and where did she come from? And is she a ‘she’ after all?

The Tooth Fairy appeared in earliest written records of Norse in Northern Europe (almost 900 years ago), rewarding children when they lost their first tooth. Over the years, her payment, much like the number of presents Santa leaves, has increased but depends greatly on the country, family economic status and the average their friends receive. The fairy could perhaps use a business course.

 

Cha-ching Children! How much is she paying this year?

On average in the US, the tooth hoarder slips an average of $5.70 under your child’s pillow for the first tooth. After that, she leaves $4.13 per tooth on average. Bulk price, makes sense. Her price is in a slight slump in 2018, dropping 2 pennies from last year’s averages.

Canada went all out in embracing this tradition, and our fairy friend has her own money now. The Royal Canadian Mint began selling Tooth Fairy Quarters in 2011. After reading this, they’ll see they need to update those to Tooth Fairy dollars – quarters aren’t cutting it anymore. As you can see below, the fairy has two very different looks, but the Canadians are not the only ones who haven’t settled on what she looks like.

Wherever you look, there are fewer consistent descriptions of the Tooth Fairy than of Santa or the Easter Bunny. According to surveyed fairy customers, 74 percent thought she was female, 12 percent thought it was genderless, and 8 percent thought that he or she could be either male or female.

Spain, Latin America, and other parts of Europe

The Ratoncito Pérez (Pérez Mouse for the English speaking) is celebrated in Spanish-speakingcountries. Endearingly nicknamed Raton Pérez, the mouse will leave a gift, not always money, for the lucky child who just lost their tooth. Sometimes Mr. Pérez, in his great journey for the treasure, is deemed thirsty and so the tooth is left in a glass of water, which he drinks before scuttling off with the tooth. In many cultures, mice and rodents are admired for their strong ever-growing teeth, and Spanish and Hispanic cultures are not alone in wanting to associate these lucky creatures with their children’s teeth.

In Italy, we can find Topolino, also a mouse, who undertakes the Tooth Fairy’s normal tasks, and similarly in France la petite souris, ‘the little mouse’, purchases these toothy treasures. In parts of Scotland, the traditions fused and we can hear of a white fairy rat who buys the teeth with coins.

India, China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam

In some Asian countries, the child who lost their teeth throws it onto the roof if the tooth fell from the lower jaw, or if it came from the upper jaw they will throw it underneath the floor or home.While tossing their tooth, the child yells, asking for the tooth to be replaced with the tooth of a mouse (That’s right, we have not finished with the mice. The tooth fairy is feeling a little outnumbered right now.) This harkens back to how rodent teeth grow for the entire creature’s life and the gesture symbolizes health, strength, and longevity. In India, the child sometimes buries their teeth underground by a big tree.

The Japanese have finessed this tradition and throw their teeth straight up or down depending on where the tooth came from. This is in hopes that the tooth will grow straight. Ever the leaders in style.

Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Sudan

Similarly to the Asian countries, theatrical throwing is involved in these Middle Eastern countries. This time, the tooth is tossed upward toward Allah, although this tradition may predate Islamic tradition and emerged around when tooth fairies sprung in Europe in the 13th century.

Mongolia

Another animal gets a shot at partaking in the ceremony in Mongolia. Dogs are fed the child’s tooth (they make the tooth palatable with some fat or food). This special treat, woefully unappreciated by the dog, is in hopes that the child’s new tooth will grow to be as strong as the dog’s.

It seems that wherever you look, there’s a bit of tooth envy. While having the strength in your teeth of a mouse or a dog is impressive, there’s nothing quite like looking after the teeth you do have to keep them strong. Brushing is a start, brushing with stylish sonic toothbrushes, even better. The little ones can start this tradition early, and what better way than with the fun and effective Rockee Kids Toothbrush?

 

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Dating and Life: How can a Pretty Smile elevate Your Self-esteem

Dating and Life: How can a Pretty Smile elevate Your Self-esteem

Confidence and self-esteem, two tightly intertwined skills many people seem to lack due to the way they perceive themselves in everyday life. The problem of low self-esteem affects men and women alike, permeating all age demographics. However, there are many ways to improve low self-esteem, and in particular, there is a way to naturally elevate your self-esteem through good oral care and a pretty smile.

In a recent study conducted by Match.com, it was concluded that both men and women consider oral hygiene and the aesthetic appeal of a set of pearly whites to be one of the determining factors of attraction. Here is how you can easily obtain a pearly smile and elevate your confidence.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Confidence and a positive self-image begin with the first thought that comes into your mind when you look at the person in the mirror. What do you see? Do you like the image? Chances are you are going to feel much better about yourself if the person in the mirror showed you a beautiful set of pearly whites.

After all, it’s no coincidence that Hollywood stars put so much effort into obtaining a picture-ready, gorgeous set of teeth. By taking care of your oral health, making sure to brush regularly, eating foods that promote healthy teeth, and even visiting the dentist for a touch-up, you will start loving the person in the mirror. From there, you can start projecting your confidence on others.

A Striking First Impression

A Striking First Impression

First impressions are everything, whether you’re going on a date, applying for a job, or closing a deal of a lifetime. Your teeth will play a vital role in how your colleagues and friends see you, how much they respect you, and how willing they are to accept you to their ranks.

Likewise, your date is going to form an opinion about you the moment he or she lays eyes on you. Don’t worry, it’s a natural instinct, but you do want to make their decision-making process easier, and turn it in your favor. Being able to flash a ravishing smile at a moment’s notice is a powerful tool you need to have in your arsenal.

Maintaining a Set of Pearly Whites

Maintaining a Set of Pearly Whites

So how do you go about obtaining a set of pearly whites, and more importantly, how do you take care of your teeth as time goes by? First of all, you’ll need to whiten your teeth. But do refrain from trying ineffective fads, and rather consult your dentist first.

Secondly, and more importantly, you want to maintain good oral health at home and whiten your teeth gradually over time with a Violife Slim Sonic toothbrush that’s powerful enough to eliminate food stains and plaque buildup. Moreover, make sure you carry your portable toothbrush with you so that you can have it ready to rock after lunch or a cup of coffee, or before heading out on the town in the evening.

In the modern world, a ravishing smile can be a powerful asset, and it all begins with a pearly set of whites. Be sure to keep these powerful insights in mind and you will have no problem elevating your self-esteem with the power of your very own, pearly smile.

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