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

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!

Teeth and beauty, Teeth grooming and hygiene

Things that make us too busy to smile: being busy parents

Parenthood, another term for ‘losing all control of your life’. Every parent scrambles to find at least some resemblance of a routine or order in their new lives, but just when they think they’ve got it: it changes again. We go from being trapped at home with nappies, feeding and power naps to being able to plan social outings with the other parents in the hood. Just as we get comfy in our new active wear, a funky reusable coffee mug and the hottest pram in the blogosphere…BAM! Back to work, childcare, packing, unpacking, rushing from work to avoid being ‘that parent’ who leaves their kid past the closing time EVERY day. Soon enough, the kids become settled in their new daycare, so we manage to squeeze in an occasional hair appointment or longer lunch at work… even a sneaky day off on our own. Life’s good, busy, but I got this…then..BAM! School starts, OMG, 9 to 3? What? Packed lunches and morning tea? Hats, homework, readers, sports days, special assemblies, discos, camps. We start feeling guilty we’re not a part of it all so we start to mess with our work days, chop and change, work from home, work from the car, work from the toilet, whenever no one’s looking, just so we can be ‘there’ for them… I lost it again. Now we spend more time with our precious little one, but also more time stressing about work we squeeze into half the days and have less time for those brief moments we had on our own. We collapse in bed at 8:30 feeling so chuffed we got the kids  into bed on time, but with an empty tank and a head full of things to remember- and I guarantee you, flossing doesn’t even make the list. Dentist appointment? Are you kidding me? I just took the kids last week, ticked that box, that is now the last place I want to go back to. What’s next on that list?

And so it goes, before we know it, we missed out on our appointments, our gym sessions, our date nights… and we can barely recognise the face we see in the mirror. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of beauty in a face that has been ‘made over’ by 5 year old make up artists and kissed and hugged to death by sticky toddler mouths and fingers, there is a lot of beauty in the wrinkles and the grey hair of parents of teenagers who have experienced fear and anger and pride and love and joy… but not everything has to go, you don’t have to make yourself smaller to make more room for them. Your smile is what they love to see when you wake them up, pick them up, wave them goodbye. So, look after it and make sure it stays healthy, bright and wide, you owe it to them and you owe it to you!

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!

 

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…