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).

Repeat!

 

 

 

 

Teeth and beauty, Uncategorized

Teeth care, skin care: SELF care

Last night I opened a package of skincare I never intended to get. I guess I just never wanted to think about myself as getting older, needing maintenance of any kind, lacking something… But then I started the 60 day program towards better, healthier skin and thought to myself: this is not skin-care, this is self-care. What else can I do to really care for myself today? Out comes the floss and the whitening tray I kept somewhere in the bathroom cupboard and had no time to wear. Out comes the camera: I’m going to mark this day, this is my Day1, this is where I take control of what tomorrow looks like. 
 
If you have been afraid of finding out you’re less than perfect, afraid of a ‘diagnosis’, given up on looking better because it ‘may not work’, my honest advice is: just start. A step or two forward is still better than being back behind the start line. Committing to a small act of betterment at a time is better than making big bold plans which you never execute. 
 
Teeth cleaning and whitening, skin care, a nice hairstyle, a strong and healthy body will not  turn you into someone different, but you are guaranteed to feel better if only for the extra care you allowed yourself. I am yet to meet a client who is indifferent to their cleaner, brighter teeth and I challenge you to try!IMG_8222
Special thanks to Michelle from Rodan&Fields Australia for nudging me across the line and setting me a challenge to change my mindset. Difficult thing to change, but leads to great adventures! Find her on FB and start your own journey. https://www.facebook.com/michelle.heffernan.948
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!

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?

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…