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5 Tricks on How to Smile for the Camera

It would appear, at least on the surface, that some people are more photogenic than others.  The truth; it really is all about how you pose and smile for the camera. Have you ever wondered how celebrities somehow manage to look great in every photo? Well, you too can learn how to smile for the camera with these 5 simple tricks.

#1: Close Your Eyes - before the photo!

Shut your eyes for at least a second or two and open them slowly just before the photo. This helps your eyes look more alert and will complement your smile. If your eyes don’t reflect your smile, your smile looks more like a grin. Just make sure to open your eyes in time for the photo!

#2: Whiten Your Pearly Whites

All the smiling tips in the world wouldn't help you if your teeth are stained or you feel insecure about your teeth. Consider using teeth whitening products or going in for a cosmetic procedure. Some of these procedures last up to a year so it's a good investment especially if you regularly find yourself at events or where your photos will be taken. Also remember to maintain good dental hygiene including brushing and flossing daily.

#3: Recreate Happy Memories

A fake smile comes through in the photo so the only way to get a genuine smile on demand is to think happy thoughts. Pretend the camera is a loved one you haven’t seen in a long time and smile your happiest smile. Alternatively, think about something that makes you laugh or giggle. If you can give out an actual giggle the better. There is no substitute for a genuine, happy smile.

#4: Take a Deep Breath

Again, you can fake a smile but you will look strange with a plastic smile and a stiff jaw, neck and shoulders. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly and feel your whole body relax. Let go of tension in your shoulders, neck and jaw. Your smile will look more natural this way. Your body says as much as your face does so try to relax before taking the photo.

#5: Practice As Much as You Can

If you are insecure about taking photos, try smiling for the mirror and see how your face looks. Practice your best smile and you will have something you can pull out quickly in an instant. You also feel more confident about your smile and pose with good practice.

You can actually make yourself more photogenic if you feel insecure about taking photos. Practice these tips the next time you are asked to smile for the camera and you'd be surprised at the result. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 10/30/2017
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5 Common Flossing Errors and How to Avoid Them

If you are brushing your teeth at least two times a day and are flossing daily, you are on the right track to preserving your oral and dental health. The only problem is, it might not help much if you are not flossing correctly to begin with. There is actually an art to proper flossing that unfortunately many people miss.

Identifying some of the most common flossing mistakes and how to avoid them may help you to take better care of your teeth and avoid cavities, gum disease and other dental health issues.

Mistake #1: Using the Same Section of Floss Throughout

The whole idea of flossing is to remove plaque and harmful bacteria from between your teeth. This isn’t the case if you are using the same section of floss over and over again. All you are doing is removing plaque from one area and depositing it in another.

Solution: Cut a long piece of floss, about 18-inches, and use a clean section for every new area.

Mistake #2: Snapping the Floss into Place

Some teeth are closer together than others and the temptation might be to force or snap the floss into place between the teeth. Forcing the floss nicks your gums causing cuts and injuries. In addition to this, your gum-line may begin to recede or get exposed to gum disease.

Solution: when you come to spaces where teeth are too close together, slide the floss back and forth gently to work it into place.

Mistake #3: Forgetting the Back of the Last Teeth

You may be flossing all your teeth properly but forgetting those at the very back. You may also neglect teeth that have big spaces next to them. Neglecting these areas over time leads to plaque buildup and gum disease and/or cavities soon follow.

Solution: Get the back of the each of the last teeth and the back of teeth with wide open spaces next to them.

Mistake #4: Flossing Once in A While

Flossing isn’t exactly the most mentally stimulating activity you can take part in but regular flossing is mandatory if you want to maintain good oral hygiene. The plaque builds in the course of a few hours so flossing once a week or once in two weeks may not be doing much for your oral health. Accumulated plaque and the bacteria that come with it can also find its way to the blood stream in case you expose your gums while flossing.

Solution: It's ok not to floss once in a while but make it a daily routine. Make it into a ritual and within a few weeks it should be engrained as a habit that you cannot forget or miss.

Mistake #5: Not Paying Attention While Flossing

Lastly, it's easy to lose concentration and daydream your way through the flossing. This makes it likely that you skip one or two teeth.

Solution: Have a clear method as to where you start and stop. Pay attention to the progress you are making so you don’t skip any teeth.

Knowing these common mistakes can help ensure that you don’t make them yourself. Also ask your dentist for any suggestion or flossing tips to ensure that you get the most benefits out of the process. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 10/30/2017
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