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Your Smile and Job Hunting

There is nothing as exciting as when you are called for a job interview. This proves that someone has seen your worth as an employee and would like to hire you. For you to get this job, first impression will count. The interviewer is not considering your skills anymore. How you look and present yourself will determine whether you get the job or lose it to someone else.

 

Studies show that people hardly forget the smile of someone they meet for the first time. You definitely need to smile more often. A smile could be the reason why you get that job. This is why you need to commit to your dental appointments and take care of your teeth. If your teeth are making you smile less, you should visit a dentist for bleaching and other dental procedures.  Here are other reasons why wearing a smile while job hunting is good for you:

 

  1. Perception: There is nothing as important as people’s perception during a job interview. Showing a smile automatically shows that you are confident in your skills and that you belong there. No one will know that you are shaking and anxious in the inside when you smile. The interviewer’s perception of who you are as a person is important in order to get that job.
  2. Salary and benefits: Studies show that people who smile during job hunting and interviews while having a conversation with people are likely to be offered more salaries than their counterparts. This shows that you know what you are doing and have the ability to deliver in your line of work. Studies also show that workers who visit their dentists to get their teeth whitened also get a raise and other benefits at work.
  3. Breaks the ice: Anytime you meet new people especially during job hunting, there is always a giant elephant in the room. A smile shows that you are willing to warm up to the interviewers and actually get to know them. This also allows them to understand and know the real you. You might be surprised how establishing a relationship with these people could be the only reason why you are more qualified than your counterparts.
  4. More opportunities: You will be surprised at the doors that a smile can open for you. People have landed better job positions and promotions because of their smiles. A smile shows people that you are approachable  
Posted by: Admin Admin on 12/9/2014
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Ultimate Mouthwash Guide

A mouthwash is regarded as an extra help in the fight for good oral health. This is a liquid used to rinse the mouth after brushing and flossing and comes in different types. It is used to help in further cleaning of the mouth but it cannot be used in the place of brushing and flossing as a way to clean teeth.  It is therefore a secondary method for maintain healthy teeth and gums. That said, mouthwash is useful for oral health. If you want to incorporate it to your daily routine, you should pick one that will help you achieve what you want in your oral health.

 

  • Cosmetic mouthwash
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If all you want is to have an extra boost for a fresher breath, then a cosmetic mouthwash will do just fine. This type of mouth wash is ideal for when you want to have extra breath. It however does not kill plaque or other bacteria that cause bad breath. It offers no protection from cavities but is just useful for masking bad breath.

 

  • Antiseptic mouthwash
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This is a stronger mouthwash that has antibacterial and other antiseptic agents. This mouthwash is very active in dealing with plaque and other bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath. They are reputed to kill up to 25% of plaque in the mouth thus making them ideal for the task.  Like all other types of mouthwash, antiseptic mouthwash is used as a further aid to oral health practices and therefore is not a replacement of brushing teeth.

 

  • Fluoride mouthwash
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This mouthwash is ideal for people who have to deal with tooth cavities and decay. Fluoride is an active ingredient in strengthening teeth and its use in mouthwash and toothpaste offers protection against tooth cavities. Cavities usually come about when the tooth enamel is eaten away by food particles which turn acidic when they come into contact with plaque. Fluoride therefore helps the enamel to remain strong therefore not prone to cavities.

 

Your choice of mouthwash should match what your needs are. Your dentist will help you make the right choice of mouthwash based on your oral needs. If you want to strengthen your teeth, then the fluoride mouthwash offers the best choice.   Mouthwash should be used as directed. Children should use mouthwash under strict supervision as the alcohol content in the products may not be good for their health if swallowed. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/25/2014
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Tips for Fresh Breath

Most people are concerned about their breath. Having bad breath can really eat away at your confidence. There are some things you can do to ensure that you and those close to you enjoy fresh breath at all times. The first thing to do is to find out the cause of your bad breath. It could be due to poor oral hygiene, infected tonsils, the food you eat, smoking or stomach infection. Finding the root cause will help know what to do to improve your breath.

 

  • Adapting proper oral hygiene will ensure that bacteria do not build up in your mouth, which is what causes bad breath. Regular brushing of teeth and flossing will ensure that you get all food particles out of your mouth. It also reduces the amount of bacteria that is in your mouth. There are toothpastes that you can get that will help you freshen your breath as you brush.
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  • Rinse with a mouthwash – using antiseptic mouthwash will help kill all the bacteria in the mouth. A peroxide based mouthwash is recommended. Avoid mouthwashes with alcohol as they strip the mouth dry which is what the bacteria need to thrive. There are also other mouthwashes that are specifically for freshening breath and you can use them to ensure that your mouth smells great at all times.
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  • Clean your tongue – the tongue is where bad breath bacteria live. It is important to scrap your tongue as a way of cleaning. You can use your toothbrush when brushing or you can get a specifically designed tongue scrapper from the drug store. A clean tongue will ensure that you have a fresh smelling tongue.
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  • Use mouth freshening gums and rinses once you have eaten pungent food that can cause you to have bad breath. You can also incorporate other food in your diet that will help counter the smell of the pungent food.
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You can visit your dentist so that he or she can help you in finding out the reason for your bad breath. Sometimes tooth decay can cause your mouth to smell and the dentist will help you remedy this. If the problem is beyond the oral cavity, the dentist may refer you to a doctor who will be able to treat what ails you. Taking care of your oral health is one way of ensuring that your breath remains fresh. Brush regularly and use floss in order to reach all corners of the teeth. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/20/2014
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The Power of Your Smile

A beautiful smile is one of the best things that you could have. It is amazing the number of things that a beautiful smile can do. Statistics show that your smile is what you need to have an active social life. People tend to approach people wearing a beautiful smile for friendships or relationships. This is because a beautiful smile draws people to you. A smile also gives you confidence especially when you are discussing a business deal or in an interview for a job.

 

It is important to note that a beautiful smile is also a sign of good health. The only way, you can have a good smile is by getting proper oral health. Proper dental hygiene and habits will guarantee that you have a smile that appeals to everyone. Some of the things that you can do to get a beautiful smile include:

 

  • Regular brushing of teeth- the importance of brushing your teeth regularly and properly cannot be emphasised enough. This is basic dental hygiene that should be encouraged, otherwise you will get cavities that will destroy your teeth and make you lose the confidence of wearing a smile. It is advisable for one to brush their teeth at least two times in a day and for about two minutes. You should also make sure that you have a good toothbrush to be clean your teeth properly.
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  • Regular visits to the dentist- your dentist should be your best friend if you want a good smile. They will help you so that your teeth have the right shape and colour. If you are suffering from any condition that affects oral health, they will be able to help you. Missing teeth and decaying teeth can make it difficult for one to smile without being conscious. It is also important to note that getting dental care from a professional is an effective way of preventing some of the problems that we have with our teeth.
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  • Cosmetic treatment- cosmetic dentistry has developed over the years and if you want to improve the aesthetic value of your teeth, you can use these experts. They perform a number of procedures that will ensure that you have perfect teeth. The procedures will depend on the condition of your teeth.
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A beautiful smile does not come automatically. You have to invest in the way that you take care of your teeth. This is the only that you can realise the power of your smile.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/18/2014
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Teeth Trivia

If you are like most people, you probably cringe at the thought of a visit to the dentist. Many people fear visiting their dentists even when they have no dental issues.

 

There are some great fun facts about teeth. You can share some of these facts with your dentist during your next visit.

 

Fun Facts about teeth

 

  • Former US president and Founding Father George Washington wore dentures that were partially made of teeth taken from a hippopotamus! The other dentures were made of ivory and lead. 
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  • Babies are usually born without teeth. However, one in every 2000 babies is born with some of its teeth already grown in. In most cases, these teeth are pulled out. The baby then grows a set of baby teeth just like any other baby.
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  • Chewing gum was first developed by the Aztecs. They used to boil down sap from Sapodilla tress also known as chicle. The chicle was then cut up into blocks that were chewed.
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  • Many people in the middle ages believed that donkeys could be used for reliving the pain of toothaches. They believed that if you kissed a donkey, your toothache would be relieved.
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  • People in the middle ages also believed that if you lost a tooth, you could grow another tooth by stealing someone else’s tooth.
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  • Unlike human teeth that stop growing in adulthood, squirrel and rabbit teeth do not stop growing. These animals therefore have to keep gnawing on hard objects to wear down their teeth and stop them from growing too long.
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  • Toothbrushes have not always been in existence. Before the development of the modern toothbrush, people used twigs to clean their teeth. They chewed down the ends of the twigs and used them to clean their teeth.
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  • Did you know that the model used by artist Grant Wood in the painting of the stern faced farmer in his painting ‘American Gothic’ was not a farmer at all? He was in fact Grant Wood’s dentist!
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  • During the life time of the average person, they will have produced up to 100 000 gallons of saliva. That is enough saliva to fill up a bath.
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  • Humans are just like cows. We don’t chew up and down as many people believe. We chew side to side just like cows.
  • Toothpaste is not a new invention. The Egyptians were known to use a form of toothpaste way back in 5000BC.
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  • Pliers were first developed by the ancient Greeks for tooth extraction. 
Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/17/2014
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Health Benefits of Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the well-known treats in the world. It is not just a sweet though as it can be beneficial for your health. This is because the basic ingredient in dark chocolate is derived from the plant cacao. This plant contains flavonoids and antioxidants, which are good for your health.

 

  • It is good for the heart
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  • Consumers of dark chocolate will enjoy the benefit of a healthy heart. Studies shows that dark chocolate lowers the risk of heart failure by up to a third. It also shows that the dark chocolate helps to reduce blood pressure. The chocolate improves the health of the heart by making the veins and arteries more flexible.
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  • It is good for weight loss
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As dark chocolate is more filling, using it as a substitute for other sweets is good for anyone wanting to lose weight. Sticking to the recommended daily quantity will help you realize good health and at the same time cut weight gain.

 

  • It reduces stress
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Chocolate releases serotonin which enables you to relax. It is ideal for anyone dealing with depression as it makes users feel better.

 

  • Makes people happy
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Chocolate is good for uplifting spirits as it has a ‘feel good’ chemical. This is the reason why children and other people who eat chocolate are happier and in better moods.

 

  •  Protects the skin from effects of the sun
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The flavonoids in the dark chocolate are helpful for protecting the skin from burning when exposed to the sun. Studies have shown that those who ate chocolate rich in flavonoids took a longer time in the sun before the skin starts to redden.

 

To counter the effect of the sugar, butter and milk that may cause adverse effects on your health, it is recommended that just a box of dark chocolate a day will have the desired effects. Considering the dark chocolate makes you feel full with just a little quantity, you can be able to stick to the recommended daily dose.

 

Chocolate is therefore not just a sugary treat but it is also helpful for your body as it is made from organic plant products. When eating chocolate, the key factor to consider is the calories input. You should therefore know how much calories are in each serving of chocolate treats that you indulge in. This way you will avoid weight gain. Also exercising is a great accompaniment to eating chocolate and will help its benefits be felt more.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 10/11/2014
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