Little Shop Of Smiles is Born, Oral health, Teeth and beauty, Teeth grooming and hygiene, Uncategorized

Hip Hip Hooray!

Do I hear a woot-woot? Drum roll, please!

We’re extremely proud to announce that the LSOS crew has found our first pop-up home: Shop 5 of 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington and we are ready to launch on Tuesday, September 12. Yes, the coolest little part of Brisbane just got way cooler!

We can’t wait to see you there. Pop in and say “Hi”, treat your pearly whites to a heavenly clean and hang out with the happiest people in the dental business: our smile-makers!

We are pumped!

XOXO LSOS

Oral health, Teeth and beauty

Things that make us too busy to smile: our work.

Charlize Theron recently famously admitted to cracking two of her molar teeth on the set of her new film, Atomic Blonde, but she is not alone in allowing her health to take a hit due to work. Our attitude towards work and our sense of work-life balance has totally spiralled out of control. With it we have also perpetuated gender inequality and wrecked our relationships: I mean, there’s really only room for one workaholic in a family… and we subscribe to the myth that one over-achiever is better than two achievers, regardless of the gender.

Is this obsession with work only a function of increased demands on our workforce, or is it also another way of relinquishing control for our lives to an external entity, in this case, a corporation? People who feel in control of their lives are said to have an ‘internal locus of control’ as opposed to those who feel like life controls them i.e. ‘external locus of control’. External locus- people are less prone to act on their plans and ideas. Interestingly, they also tend to suffer more from a number of ailments and health issues, including mental health issues, than those with an internal locus of control. So, are we letting ourselves down by letting our work in?

In Australia, our health is our own to look after, aided by public health funding and our own private insurance payments. Our employers very rarely play a part in our health care and well being except to allow us up to 10 days to recover from an illness if need be. In other, employer funded health models, like USA, the employer covers all costs of their employees health insurances and this ensures they get good care if they are ill. To minimise costs of insurance policies, employers promote good preventative health practices and encourage regular dental visits and medical checks. Both systems have their own advantages and disadvantages, but it’s important to remember we don’t owe our employers our health, but we do owe it to ourselves and our families.

You are the only person responsible for your own health and wellbeing and if large corporations can save by taking part in prevention programs, why not take a leaf out of their book and do the same? It may save you money, but it will also make you happier and more in control. So, start with your smile and if you’re worried about what lurks there after many years of dental apathy, come see us! We’ll excavate your smile back from the decade old deposits and have you ready to front up to your dentist…and of course, smile – like a boss.

Oral health, Teeth and beauty, Teeth grooming and hygiene

The (in)convenient truth about dental hygiene

STAT 4: Around 40% of Australians who avoid the dentist do so because it is INCONVENIENT. That is almost 30% of ALL Australians. 

Ok, I find this stat really really difficult to wrap my head around. There is a dentist probably around every corner in this country, well, more so in urban areas. But maybe it’s not the location that is inconvenient. Maybe it’s the process. Phoning in, scheduling an appointment well in advance, putting aside a couple of hours in your day, letting work know you’ll be away. Then, on the day, having to apologetically phone to postpone your visit because an urgent client meeting has come up and the boss needs you to look after it… paying cancellation fees, being black-listed…looking for another dentist because you’re embarrassed to go to the first one…

At LSOS we are…ta da: APPOINTMENT FREE! Can you believe that? No more feeling guilty when you can’t make it on time, because your time is THE TIME! If you have to wait your turn, you’re not likely to have to wait long. If you want to jump the queue, we can text you when we’re ready and you can get yourself some well deserved lunch or retail therapy! Now how convenient is THAT?

Oral health, Teeth and beauty, Teeth grooming and hygiene

Don’t like the dentist?

STAT 3: 24% of Australians who avoid the dentist do so because they dislike or are afraid of the dentist. That’s 16% of ALL Australians. 

Fears, likes and dislikes can be based on a number of things. In my many years as a dentist, I have found one thing to be the most powerful determinant of how people feel about the dentist and that is: past experiences. One bad experience is often enough to make your heart pound at the very thought of the dental surgery. But there are also other reasons people simply dislike the dentist.

It is rare (except maybe in the case of obstetrics and gynaecology) that people get as close to a health professionals as they do to a dentist. I mean, really, really physically close. This makes them vulnerable and anxious. They find dental terms confusing and the options for treatment overwhelming. Dental treatment can take months to complete, causing a lot of inconvenience in people’s daily lives. People also feel like once their treatment is done, there is no way to judge whether it was done well or not. All of these factors cause major anxiety when it comes to dental care.  Still, major dental treatment often becomes major because there’s been some procrastination involved. So, once it is really necessary, worst thing you can do is to IGNORE it.

At LSOS we do three things to combat the fear of dentist:

  1. We don’t hire dentists (ok there’s me, but it’s my business so I have to be there).
  2. We only offer three services which don’t require aesthetic or long appointments.
  3. W e remove plaque, tartar and stain, so you should be able to easily and quickly assess how effective we are.
  4. And yes, our bonus brownie point: All our fees are there for everyone to see BEFORE you step into our salon.

Are you convinced that we may just be changing the world after all? Told you so!

 

Oral health, Teeth and beauty, Teeth grooming and hygiene

$$$ and smiles

STAT 2: 45% of Australians who avoid the dentist do so because of the cost of dental treatment! That is 30% of ALL Australians!

Has cost ever stopped you from seeing a dentist or accepting treatment? Have you felt embarrassed to go back even for a clean, knowing you would be reminded of the treatment you never completed? Clearly, you are not alone.

At LSOS we have priced our simple, basic cleaning services to be accessible to as many people as possible. We hope this will melt away the fear of cost and remove the barrier to at least some basic dental hygiene for a large number of people. But don’t take our word for it, check out our services. Let us know what you think.

Oral health, Teeth and beauty, Teeth grooming and hygiene

Procrastination

I have been listening to Mel Robbins’ “The 5 Second Rule” (just to keep me ‘on task’ with the new business) and it reminded me that procrastination and genocide of great ideas is not unique to myself.

For example, Australians are huge procrastinators when it comes to professional dental care.

This week, I will share some interesting stats about Australians’ attitude to dental health and what LSOS is going to do to change that. Yep, we ARE going to change the world, people! 

STAT 1: 67% of Australians avoid regular dental visits!  That’s a huge number! 

Are you one of these people? Why do YOU avoid regular dental visits? Tell me more, I won’t judge, I promise!

Little Shop Of Smiles is Born

The time is now

I have an itch I have to scratch… and for what I am about to do, I am really truly… EXCITED. Little Shop of Smiles is not just a business or a service, it is a social experiment. Can ordinary people change Australian professional dental care forever?

Australians really dislike the dentist (ok, some of you hate them, too). For some, it’s a convenience issue, for others it’s a financial matter and for some it’s a case of serious phobias. Most Australians don’t have their teeth cleaned and checked regularly not because they don’t want to, but because they are truly afraid of what comes next… fillings (?), crowns (?) extractions even….

What if we could separate our teeth hygiene from our teeth medicine? What if we could get our teeth cleaned whenever and (almost) wherever we liked without needing to see the dentist?

Well, that’s what LSOS sets out to prove. We believe we can change the way Aussies look after their teeth. We are boldly going where no dentist, hygienist or patient has ever gone before. We’re giving ordinary Australians the power to decide: on demand, professional teeth hygiene: yay or nay?

This may change everything…