How To Make Your Smile Shine

How To Make Your Smile Shine

Everybody wants to have a better smile, but few people go further in achieving it than brushing their teeth twice a day (and many don’t do even that!)

So what should you do to never be ashamed of your teeth? Let’s take a look.


1. Brush Your Teeth Correctly

Most people brush their teeth, but most do it without paying any attention to proper technique. Here are a few tips that will help you improve:

  • You should spend no less that two minutes brushing your teeth every time you do it;
  • Brush should be held at a 45-degree angle to your teeth;
  • Don’t press the brush against your teeth too vigorously – you may damage your gums or dental enamel;
  • Don’t brush less than half an hour after your last meal – otherwise the acid that forms in your mouth after you eat, accompanied by the pressure of your brush will harm your enamel.

2. Invest in a Mouth Guard

Grinding teeth at night may not seem like that serious a problem, but the majority of doctors seem to disagree – although it tends to remain out of society’s spotlight most of the time. According to studies, about ten percent of all Americans grind their teeth at night – and in addition to painful jaws during the day and regular headaches it may lead to far more serious results, ranging from damage to dental enamel to loosening and even loss of teeth. To prevent this from happening, consider buying a mouth guard for teeth grinding – it will alleviate the immediate negative effects and prevent further damage.


3. Use Dental Floss

Brushing may be good for general maintenance, but it doesn’t remove all the particles of food that accumulate between your teeth – and floss can help you about that. However, you should understand that being more mechanical in its application, floss has more potential to cause harm in case of improper use, which means that you should be very careful when choosing dental floss suitable for your teeth and using it – otherwise you may cause serious damage to your gums and teeth.

4. Visit Your Dentist for Regular Check-ups

Usually dentists suggest that you should visit them as often as every six months; however, it may be a bit of overdoing it. In most cases going for a routine check at least once a year is more than enough; however, if you have visible problems with tooth decay, stains or sore gums, you should do it more often. Yet don’t be nonchalant enough to think that if you don’t have any obvious complaints it means that you can omit your checkup altogether – regular visits to a dentist can not only help you keep your smile beautiful, but also help prevent much more serious problems than stained teeth – such as gum disease and oral cancer.


5. Choose a Toothbrush That Is Right for You

There are so many different toothbrushes on the market that one can easily get overwhelmed. However, choosing a brush that will suit you isn’t really all that difficult – although there are hardly any recommendations that are set in stone for everyone. In most cases, you should simply try out a number of brushes and see which one feels more comfortable. Also make sure its head is small enough to reach all of the surfaces of your teeth, especially the ones that are less accessible.

Keeping your smile shiny and beautiful is a complicated process involving many different aspects; however, if you are really concerned with how you look, you shouldn’t omit following all of these practices – and rest assured that it will not only keep your teeth white, but healthy as well.


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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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