Several months ago, in The Importance of Dental Care for Seniors, I talked about the common oral health problems seniors endure. While I talked about ways to prevent these problems, I failed to address what to do if you are already in the midst of it. Here, I’ll explain the common dental solutions used to cure these common oral health problems among seniors.
If you watched the Oscars on Sunday, you surely noticed the seemingly flawless smiles on the celebrities’ faces—particularly the ones who won an award. Their smiles didn’t just happen naturally though. Their pearly whites and amazingly straight teeth came from a lot of dental work and upkeep.
Why would they go to such lengths to perfect their teeth? Celebrities are under constant scrutiny, not only from their fans but from production companies and producers as well. Some actors would not have landed the parts that brought them to fame if they had not corrected their teeth. Robert Pattinson, for instance, was told he had to fix his teeth before he could play Edward Cullen in the Twilight series–a role that brought him into the spotlight.
While we won’t be able to mention every celebrity who has had cosmetic dental work done, because that would clearly take too much time, here are 5 celebrities we believe have had the best celebrity smile makeovers, one of which will shock you!
1. Christian Bale
One of the 2014 Oscar nominees for his performance in American Hustle, Christian Bale didn’t always have a perfectly straight set of teeth. You may remember him well from his performance in The Newsies, but had you ever noticed the drastic change in his teeth? It’s clear seeing these pictures side by side how much straighter, boxier and whiter his teeth became. He has admitted that he did have extensive dental work done before he filmed American Psycho. And while his smile is one of the most notable smiles in Hollywood, the actor has said how much he misses his smile from before.
Teaching your kids healthy habits when they are young is so beneficial for their growth. They will carry the habits they learn when they are young—good or bad—with them for the rest of their lives. However, to teach them these healthy habits, you should strive to practice them too.
And while there isn’t a one-size-fits-all method for what you teach your kids and how, here are some important healthy habits to get you started.
When it comes to finding a dentist, or even evaluating the one you have, how do you differentiate between the good ones and the bad? We’ve offered some helpful tips below to help in your evaluation. Keep in mind though, no dentist office will be perfect, but you should at least see them working on some, if not all, of the areas mentioned. Pick out what’s most important to you in a dentist and filter your experience through that perspective. And pay close attention to the special categories marked below as these are the areas we believe should be top on your list.
The first impression of your dentist and his/her office actually consists of three parts.
- The scheduling. This is where it all begins—the phone call when you make your appointment. Is the receptionist kind and open to answering your questions or does he/she respond more harshly? A dentist’s staff says a lot about the dentist and his/her practice.
- The office. What feeling do you get when you walk into the dentist’s office? Does it feel welcoming? Does the staff at the dental office seem happy and helpful? If you’re just given a clipboard and told to sit down without much introduction or sense that they even care you’re there, you may be in the wrong dental office. Additionally, have a look around the office. If the office is dusty and unclean, you are being well-warned that their dental office is not sterile, which means the instruments the dentist uses to put into your mouth won’t be either. If that’s the case, get out of there and find somewhere else to go!
- The wait. The last step of your first impression includes the wait. While I wouldn’t base your decision solely on the wait, because some dentists may encounter difficult problems they couldn’t plan for that day, it is still something to consider.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month—a holiday founded to raise awareness about the importance of oral health for kids. In honor of this, we’ve put together a guide for the best children’s toothbrushes in 2014.
The toothbrush is a key element to maintaining good oral health. And while your kids may have the technique down, if they’re using a poor toothbrush, then their technique may not do them much good.
Look into getting them the very best toothbrush to optimize their good dental health habits. And here’s a bonus – if you’re a parent who struggles to get your child to even brush his or her teeth, some of these toothbrushes may be able to help you as well.