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A confident smile is your passport to life. If you are not happy with your smile it can affect your self-confidence considerably. When you are unhappy with the colour of teeth you may be more reluctant to smile and that can affect your personal and professional life.

Don’t suffer in silence. It’s important to consult your dentist if you have any concerns as there with several possible options to brighten your smile including whitening kits to professional in-clinic Zoom laser whitening treatments.

How does whitening work

Whitening is a non-invasive safe procedure that lifts the stain from the pores of the tooth enamel. This allows your teeth to look whiter and brighter.

This can be done either in the practice or at home and can whiten your teeth up to 12 shades whiter.

The appointment at the practice usually lasts less than an hour.

Some people prefer to whiten their teeth at home. This involves the application of a whitening gel that is purchased on prescription. The gel is applied for approximately 15 minutes usually, two to three times.

In the past whitening products could cause teeth sensitivity. However, the sophisticated whitening products on the market today now have inbuilt desensitizers which avoid this problem.

After your whitening treatment you should take care to brush your teeth with the toothpaste that your dentist advises to ensure the results of the whitening treatment are maintained.

Speak to your dentist about how you can get a brighter smile – whiter teeth could be yours after a few simple treatments.

There’s a good reason people strive to keep their teeth looking as white as possible.  It’s been shown that white teeth can make you appear younger and more attractive. Good dental hygiene goes a long way to stop the discolouration of your teeth. But it’s important to know that certain foods and beverages that cause staining that can give your teeth a stained or yellowed appearance.

Some food contains chromogens which are highly pigments molecules that can bind with your tooth enamel. Tannins found in some food can boost the staining power of choromogens.  Acidic food and beverages can also cause staining because they erode the enamel on your teeth, making them more porous.

Here are some foods to watch out for and if you do consume them regularly ensure you brush regularly:

  • Wine – both red and white wine can contribute to stained teeth thanks to chromogens and tannins
  • Tea – contains tannin. Black tea is just behind wine in its staining power. Herbal tea and green stains less
  • Soft drinks and sports drinks are highly acidic
  • Sugary sweets
  • Curries and Condiments – brightly coloured foods can contain a lot of substances that can stain your teeth
  • Fruit juices
  • Fruit and vegetables – some brightly coloured fruit and vegetables contain stain your teeth due to their pigmentation

As it’s hard to avoid all these foods and beverages – some of which are good for you – you should try to minimise staining.

Here are some other ways you can reduce the risk of staining your teeth:

  • Rinse with water keep a glass of water handy and rinse during and after
  • Use a straw for beverage that have staining potential, where possible
  • Swallow promptly as the less time the staining substances are in contact with your teeth, the less they will stain.

A little common sense can go a long way to reducing the stains left behind the food and drinks we consume.

Have you ever woken up with an aching jaw or found your tongue has been cut by your teeth? You may be grinding your teeth.

As this usually happens during your sleep it can be a surprise to learn that in fact you are a teeth grinder. Teeth grinding or bruxism is actually quite common. Many people grind their teeth from time to time. Problems arise when it become chronic.

Most people think this is due to anxiety but you don’t have to be anxious about something to grind your teeth. It can be an involuntary action that you only find out about if your partner hears your grinding or your dentists notices wear marks on the enamel of your teeth.

There can be a number of reasons for tooth grinding including emotional factors such as stress, anger or anxiety or physical factors such as physical fatigue, illness or dehydration. People who grind their teeth may also have physiological factors such as incorrect tooth alignment or fillings that are incorrectly filled and are therefore too high for their bite.

Other symptoms of teeth grinding include:

  • Headache, pain in the joints of your jaw
  • Sore ears
  • Bites on the inner cheek of your mouth
  • Wobbly teeth
  • Chipped tooth enamel
  • Aches in the temples
  • Stiffness of the face when you wake
  • Stiffness of the jaws, particularly when eating

What you do about it depends on the severity. If it happens regularly either your own symptoms or your dentist will alert you to the fact that you need to address the situation.

If the grinding is due to stress you should look into ways to relax. There are plenty of options open to you including regular exercise, stress management therapy, yoga or tai chi or cognitive behaviour therapy.

You can also help by avoiding caffeine and alcohol, relax your jaw muscles by applying a warm heat pack to your cheeks or train your jaw to relax through the day by putting the tip of your tongue between your teeth. Also try to avoid chewing gum because it can make your jaws accustomed to a clenching action which encourages grinding.

Certainly if you are shaping up to be a teeth grinder for the long-term you should consult your dentist for assistance to protect your teeth.

In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Teeth can even be ground right down to stumps. If this should happen your dentist may suggest procedures such as crowns, bridges or implants or dentures.

Chronic bruxism can damage to your jaw and can even affect the appearance of your face. It can also damage your teeth or any dental work, cause headaches and facial pain. Importantly, teeth grinders should know that chronic bruxism can bring about temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder which can restrict your ability to open your jaws and cause a clicking sound when you chew.

All in all teeth teeth grinding should never be ignored. If it’s short term you should address your underlying stress to reduce the incidence of bruxism. If it’s chronic – see your dentist who can assist you with either a protective split you can wear at night or dental alignment to correct your bite.

Whatever option you explore – don’t ignore teeth grinding – your teeth deserve it.

We all know that smiling is the most positive thing you can do in most social situations but did you know that smiling can have a big impact on your health and my actually extend your life ?

Research into the science of smiling has found some amazing facts about smiling:

  • Smiling is one of the most basic expression that is common to all humans
  • A smile can generate the same level of good feelings through brain stimulation as up to 2000 bars of chocolate – even if the smile is not genuine as the smiles used signal a good feeling in the brain.
  • Smiling reduces stress-enhancing hormones and increases the level of mood-enhancing hormones, as well as reduce blood pressure.
  • A smiling expression makes you appear more competent in the eyes of others.

There are many different sorts of smiles from the fake smile you give a boss you don’t like to Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile to the warm, genuine smile of a best friend.

Smiling decoded

According to psychologist and recognised smile expert, Paul Ekman, only one muscle is required to smile yet it is a highly complex form of human expression. In fact he has identified 18 distinct types of smiles including:

The felt smile – results from genuine positive feelings and is usually long in duration

The fear/contempt smile – results from emotions that are not positive yet can result in a mouth that is ostensibly smiling

The dampened smile – a smile that suppresses or hides the extent of the positive emotion

The miserable smile – the “grin and bear it” smile that covers negative emotions

The flirtatious smile –  results partially from shyness or embarrassment is usually links with someone looking away from the cause of the emotion.

Smile your way to business success

Smiling can also have an impact on success in business. To compete in a global economy against countries with lower labour costs Australia must simply do things better. An important part of that is customer service excellence. People will be doing business online more and more. That means when they do actually meet a real person face-to-face it needs to make an impact.

That’s where the smile comes into play. It’s been found that smiling makes a big difference to the customer experience. In a survey of Australian businesses 30 percent were found to be lacking in customer service.

Another study showed that people who smiled appeared more likeable and to be therefore more competent than those who didn’t.

Smiling can help everyone, not just businesspeople. By smiling more you can introduce a lot more positive energy into your everyday life.

The smile is free and can break down barriers between people.

What’s it’s been shown more smiling  that even if not heartfelt can make YOU feel good and that can have a big impact on your health, long term.

Here are some ways you can introduce more smiling into your life:

Build connections – by smiling you can fast-track connection with people. A sincere smile goes a long way even before any words are spoken you are already connecting.

Break down barriers – when you smile you flag that you are open and approachable. This breaks down any preconceived ideas that you may have generated in others people’s minds.

Affect positive outcomes – a smile can turn a potentially negative encounter or situation into a positive one. Not only does it brighten your own mood but it causes others to join and smile with you.

Spread goodwill – smile generate positive energy. If you walk through life frowning life will frown back at you in many ways.

Give hope – by showing someone in need a sympathetic smile you are showing your compassion and humanity.

Show strength of character – when you smile in the face of adversity you are showing yourself to be a strong, confident character that can rise above setbacks.

Mosman Fine Dental is dedicated to helping people achieve the smile they want. With a full range of advanced dental procedures they can help you to maximise the power of your smile.

healthy-food-for-your-teethWe all know refined sugar is bad for your dental health but did you know that naturally occurring sugars in fruit juice can also hurt your teeth? Here’s a quick check list of what’s good and bad for your dental health to help you make better choices, every day.

Good

  • Dairy products especially cheese – opt for unflavoured milk and yoghurts as they may have considerable amounts of sugar
  • Water – yep every time. Have a glass of water after a sticky sweet morsel to reduce the risk of dental decay

Not so good

  • Sugary, sticky food such as caramel, jellybeans and even raisins that contain the natural sugar, fructose Read more!

teeth-healthy-habitsMany adults think that as they have survived the peak lolly eating days of their childhood that they are somehow immune to further damage to their dental healthy.

Unfortunately, decay doesn’t see it that way. Here’s an overview of how you can take steps to improve your dental hygiene – today!

Some sobering statistics from the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare report Australia’s Health 2014 showed that more than 90 per cent of adults had some history of decay in their permanent teeth. Also that about 12 per cent of adults had fewer than 21 natural teeth remaining, and more than 20 per cent had severe gum disease. Ouch!

It doesn’t have to be this way.

It’s in your hands

We all have a say in the health of our teeth. Just by brushing twice daily you dramatically reduce the rate of tooth decay. Read more!

love-your-smileLots of people are embarrassed about their smile. They believe that they teeth are crooked, or they hate their overly pointy canine teeth. Many of us feel that we can’t possibly compete with the bright white smiles we see in the media. Well, truth be told – many of those perfect smiles have had some work!

It’s more common than you think and it need not be just for the mega stars. In fact, more and more people from all walks of life are opting to improve their smiles with a bit of help from a cosmetic dentist.

You don’t have to pay Hollywood prices to improve your smile. There are so many options in cosmetic dentistry these days you can choose from a range of treatments that won’t break the bank.

Your cosmetic options

When considering the best way to improve your smile your best source of advice is a professional cosmetic dental practice. Many practices offer some cosmetic procedures but may not have much experience in this area. Select a practice that does cosmetic dentistry on an everyday basis to ensure you are getting highly experienced professionals who know what cosmetic procedure will work for you.

Here’s an overview of the most popular treatments. Read more!

find-cosmetic-dentistAs the benefits of cosmetic dental procedures become more popular more dentists are offering these services alongside traditional dental procedures. In Australia, the dental boards do not have a specialist category of “Cosmetic Dentist”. Consequently, dentists that may use one procedure can claim to offer complete expertise in cosmetic dentistry.  For best outcomes consumers should be careful with their choice of dentist for cosmetic procedures.

So before you commit to a dental practice that promises to rejuvenate your appearance here are some things to consider:

  • Training – look for a comprehensive range of cosmetic dental training – not just one procedure such as bonding. Practices that offer a narrow range of cosmetic procedures may not be able to offer you the procedure that is right for your individual situation.
  • Experience – ask to see ‘before and after’ photographs or case studies of previous patients.
  • Frequency of services – check whether the dentist performs cosmetic dentistry regularly or rarely as this can have a bearing on their effectiveness. Also check the focus of the practice – is it general dentistry or is there a good proportion of time dedicated to cosmetic procedures? Read more!