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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Featured photo credit: Smile.2/Lê Kiều Ank via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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