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Your Smile: Cost or Value?

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Every week at our dental office, a patient has an esthetic issue with a anterior (front) tooth, and either Dr. Scott or I sit down to discuss their treatment options.   Although we always include the best, most cosmetic treatment in our presentation, it often comes down to “How much does it Cost?”  At the office of Dr. Mark Freeman & Associates, we understand that the patient must always weigh the financial part of their treatment, but perhaps the question one should ask is “How much is my Smile Worth?”

It is amazing how many ways your Smile influences your life.  Many Psychological studies have investigated the effects of a person’s smile on different aspects of  life.  In a study of 1,000 women, a wide beautiful smile ranked as the number one thing that makes men most irresistible at the time of their first impression.  Their smile ranked higher than “lingering eye contact” and “strong arm muscles”.  In a similar study of 1,000 men, a w0man’s smile also ranked high (3rd) in their list of attributes, showing that a smile is one of the first things to spark interest in a potential relationship.                                                                                       

Smiles also seem to be contagious.  “Emotional Contagion” is the psychological term to describe the phenomenon by which the emotions of one person can be transferred to people around them.  A study at the University of Colorado showed that a person with an “infectious” attitude and smile positively effects the emotions of the people around them when placed into a room of strangers.   The test subjects were given a questionnaire about their feelings and thoughts before entering the study room and then again upon exiting.  It was shown that the longer they were in contact with the happy, smiling individual the more positive their outlook became.

In the work place, undercover studies have shown that bosses are twelve percent more likely to promote people who smile and are happier in the office setting.   Authentic smiles generally lead to more favorable job ratings.  People who smile during their interviews are more likely to be selected for open positions.   Yet another study conducted in a busy diner in New York City proved that waiter / waitresses who smiled while serving their tables received tips an average of 20% higher than waitresses who did not.

The actor / director Chan Kong-Sang knows firsthand the value of a nice smile.  After his first movie, his agent recommended that he change his name to make it more “American” and have extensive dental work done to improve the appearance of his smile.  Jackie Chan, as he is known today, has become a Hollywood powerhouse and loves flashing his smile on the big screen.  Now that is something to smile about!

When asked what he thought was the key to his success, Dale Carnegie said that his smile was one factor.   He said, “It costs nothing to give, but you receive much in return.   A smile enriches those who receive it without making poorer those who give.”

Consider the appearance of your smile, and how it can help influence your life.  Show it off, spread it around, and watch the smiles which come back to you in return.

 

Dr. Mark Freeman & Associates          

3290 Church Road   .  Henrico, VA   .   2323                                                    

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Tips To Keep Your Smile For Life

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Brushing and flossing are the basics of oral health, but they are only the beginning of a great smile.  A marvelous mouth takes more than squeezing paste out of a tube.  Take these helpful tips to develop a beautiful smile for life!

1)  Pay a visit to your dentist.  If you are prone to skipping the dentist, you are among the 50% of adults in the United States who miss the dentist yearly because of dental phobia, finances, or neglect.  Spend some quality time with your Dentist, at least twice a year, and you’ll catch problems at an early stage when they are treatable, not to mention more affordable to take care of.

2)  Count the years.  Toddlers and older adults tend to fly under the dental health radar, but they need oral maintenance just like the rest of us.  Children should see a dentist by the time they are 4.  Until they are coordinated enough to tie their own shoes, they will need help cleaning their teeth.  Older folks have their own oral health issues.  Arthritis can make brushing and flossing challenging, and as people age, the amount of saliva they produce decreases, which means more tooth decay and sometimes discomfort.

3)  Can the Soda!  Phosphoric Acid and Citric Acid, 2 ingredients of soda, eat away at the surface of your teeth.  While the occasional soft drink will not hurt you, a can or more a day makes your tooth enamel softer and more susceptible to cavities.  Switch to water instead.

 

 

 

4)  Do not sugarcoat it!  Sugar is a major culprit in tooth decay.  It fuels bacteria and acidity in your mouth, causing plaque to form and eat away at your enamel.  Your pearly whites are hit with up to 20 minutes of acid production for every sugar fest you indulge in.  To avoid being among the people who are faced with tooth decay, try to cut down on sugary treats and aim to brush and floss after meals and snacks.

5)  Pack it in.  Quit smoking.  The nicotine and tar in cigarettes not only turns your teeth yellow, but they also effect your gums.  Smoking creates a ripe environment for bacteria and plaque on your teeth and along the gum line.  That harms tissue, degrades the bone that supports the teeth, and eventually increases your risk of tooth loss.  Even worse, tobacco chemicals can lead to oral cancer.

6)  Use the right toothbrush.  You want a brush with soft bristles.  With the right technique, it should last 2 – 3 months.  It is ready to be replaced when you notice bent bristles, but if you have had a toothbrush longer than 3 months, replace it.  Bacteria can lurk between the bristles.

7)  Proper Strokes.   While you know you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, it is important to do it properly.  Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, pointed toward the gum line, and use gentle, circular motions.  Brush each tooth 10 – 15 times, but do not overdo it.  Overly aggressive brushing can damage teeth and erode your gum line.

8)  Finesse with Floss.  It is simple: flossing promotes healthier teeth and gums.  But like brushing, there is a right and wrong way because flaws in your technique can cause friction or cuts on the gum line.  Keep the floss tight against the tooth to break up plaque while leaving your gums in good shape.

For more information and videos on some on Oral Health Care, please see our web-site at RichmondDentalGroup.com for great tips on keeping a beautiful smile!

 

 

 



 

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