Oral health, Teeth and beauty, Teeth grooming and hygiene, Uncategorized

Hello white smiles, goodbye expensive fads! A hack for awesome teeth.

Are you getting swamped by Instagram and Facebook posts of products that promise brighter teeth in just 10 minutes, from gels and mouth-stretching lights to toothpastes, mouthwashes and oils? And all that for a very ‘affordable’ $29.99+ per month? All the toothpaste, mouthwash, gel you can possibly want, for close to $400 bucks per year???

Are you tempted? Here’s why you should think carefully before you spend you hard earned cash on gimmicks rather than actual results.

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Cost

For the amount of money you would spend on various subscriptions on black gritty toothpastes, bicarb soda mouthwashes and gels, you can see an ACTUAL dentist twice per year AND have your teeth whitened by professionals. You can buy a hundred tubs of supermarket-grade toothpaste. You can buy A LOT of floss!

Effectiveness 

Most of the products you see on social media have NO actual whitening or teeth strengthening ingredients. None! Bicarb soda, charcoal, coconut oil, positive vibes, these are only useful because they get you to actually pay attention to your teeth. As a dentist, I love the fact teeth are becoming such a central point of people’s self-care. However, what’s the point of using something which won’t give you results you want (healthy, bright smiles)? Which leads me to the next point…

‘Teeth  fatigue’

You may be surprised to hear this: people don’t actually spend a lot of time on their teeth at home. Sure, there’s the intention, there’s product that looks awesome on your bathroom vanity, there are selfies in the bathroom (who doesn’t love a good bathroom selfie!). But trust me, after 20 years of staring down people’s mouths I promise you: 1% of all people floss and brush their teeth every day. So, even the two step process becomes a drag, I’d like to see the multi-step process last past the Boomerang video.

So, here are some simple hacks for awesome teeth that most people can afford:

Have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice per year, either by a dentist or a hygienist. We use awesome tools that do amazing things to remove your stains, tartar and plaque. This is not just going to make you look and feel better, but will also make you healthier. Cost: Up to $400 per year at the dentist (or $120 at the Little Shop of Smiles)

Brush twice daily with a Fluoride toothpaste. If you don’t use Fluoride, you better be crossing your fingers and toes there’s no sugar (and I mean, all carbohydrate) in anything you eat…unless of course you have a way of asking the bacteria in your mouth not to smash your teeth, pretty please… Cost: Up to $100 per year of fanciest supermarket toothpaste!

Floss! OMG this ‘yoga for teeth’ is sooo important for cleanliness and oral wellbeing, yet so few people actually do it. Just start and don’t forget to say a few big long Om chants in the process. You will be reborn! Cost: $15 for 200meters!

Only peroxide will whiten your teeth. Go ask real scientists, not some B grade YouTuber. Whiten your teeth ONCE with actual peroxide-based whitening products, using the strongest possible product over the shortest period of time. Achieve real results quickly, the first time and then occasionally top it up. No subscriptions, no ongoing costs, no complicated routines and glowing duck-faces! Cost: Starts from $200 at the dentist ($99 at the Little Shop of Smiles).

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Teeth and beauty, Teeth grooming and hygiene

Things that make us too busy to smile (well, at least to look after our smile): too much partying!

Yes my friends, there is such a thing as too much partying for your own good. If you partake in alcoholic refreshments, recreational drugs, cigarettes, you are at risk of wrecking those pearly whites for like, ever.

Now, I don’t want to be a hypocrite, I was 20something once, I get it- nothing is more important than having fun. But, hey, you think that tartar on your teeth and those bleeding gums look good in them selfies? You reckon no one notices the REAL reason you chew gum ALL the time? Dude, wake up! You wanna roll with the hot young things, you need to look the part, not just on the outside, but also on the inside. And by that I don’t mean your caring nature, nah, I mean your teeth!

At LSOS we are for the party animals! We get you! We can help you with some really easy tips to make sure your teeth don’t get left behind with your partying days like bad tattoos: one day, like in the future, you know. We can also help you get that last minute ‘shine’ before a big night of Instagram action. So, come on in, look us up and get with the program, YOLO!

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!

 

Teeth and beauty

Funny but lovely!

We think lipstick smudges on teeth are simply hilarious! Maybe it’s because the beautifully made-up and seemingly perfect face of the wearer becomes suddenly, surprisingly imperfect as you get closer. Maybe it’s the fact that the wearer is usually blissfully unaware of their little make-up malfunction, whilst feeling super-confident in the gorgeous version of themselves. All the while, everyone else is aware of the damn smudge…and increasingly compelled to stare at it. Maybe it’s the conundrum of the observer: to tell or not to tell – just hope it will go away next time the wearer shuts their mouth (but it NEVER goes away, does it?). It is fascinating that something so small, just a barely noticeable spot, becomes a hilarious comedy with so much scope to bring out the best and the worst in people. A comedy in which there are simply no innocent bystanders. Through the whole twisted and painfully hilarious joke, only the smile of the innocent, proud wearer of the dreaded smudge remains genuine and free.  Just look at the photos of these mighty celebrities, brought down to Earth by a humble lipstick smudge. And this is why we think smiling lipstick-smudged teeth are also one of the loveliest things we can ever witness.

 

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…