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It’s difficult to argue that whiter teeth, and good oral hygiene in general, doesn’t make us feel more confident in our daily routine. And like many of us, this may have been overlooked in the past.

Take a minute to stop and think of the micro-moments that happen throughout our day; business meetings, squashed on the tube, crammed into elevators, family photos, etc. Now put yourself in those situations with poor oral hygiene. Perhaps it’s a business meeting - bad breath; family photos - missing teeth; or even for the lucky few, a first date - stained teeth. The list could go on.. But you get the idea. Poor oral hygiene can only play a negative affect on how we go about our day-to-day lives.

Simply put, healthier and happier teeth = healthier and happier you.

For this blog post we’ll be discussing stained teeth (first date or no first date!) and sharing our five top tips on how to regain a new-found confidence through a happier, whiter smile.

1. Twice, for two.

Twice a day, for two minutes - the not so magic formula for when, and for how long, we should be brushing our teeth. Some experts say that for optimal oral hygiene, we should be brushing our teeth after every meal. And we’re not saying they’re wrong, however, we’re being practical.

It’s not always quite that easy if we’re having lunch on the go, or at a business lunch, to simply pop to the bathroom for a quick brush.

As long as you clean your teeth once in the morning, and once in the evening, that’s fine by us. However, both for two minutes at a time. No shortcuts here please.

2. Watch what you eat and drink.

Surprising to some, but certain foods and drinks can and do discolour our teeth. Especially when consumed in excess. The most common culprits include; red wine, balsamic vinegar, berries, curries and tomato ketchup.

Now we realise some of the above do have their health benefits. Berries being high in antioxidants, and coffee.. well coffee just being the cure for every Monday morning. So we’re not saying cut these out from your diet all together. The key however is moderation.

3. Out with the old, in with the new.

A whiter smile could be as easy as throwing out your old toothbrush. There’s no ‘use-by-date’ of when you should replace your toothbrush (or the head of your electric toothbrush). But as a general rule of thumb you should aim to replace every three months, or as soon as the bristles begin to bend and look worn.

4.Don’t forget your tongue.

Brushing your tongue is commonly associated with fresher breathe (which is true), however it has it’s added benefits. Overtime your tongue can accumulate bacteria, which eventually can lead to teeth discoloration.

Here’s a quick tip - make sure to rinse your toothbrush after every stroke on your tongue to ensure you’re actually removing bacteria, instead of simply re-depositing.

5. Whiter teeth in one visit to Aesthetika Dental.

And finally, treatments. Now the above tips and tricks are great. But if you truly want a healthier, whiter smile in a matter of weeks (or even 1 visit to Aesthetika for some treatments), instead of months, teeth whitening treatment needs serious consideration.

Here at Aesthetika Dental we have a range of innovative teeth whitening solutions available. For example, our amazing Zoom! Treatment will see you walking out of our doors with a dazzling looking smile, in a fraction of the time needed by many other teeth whitening treatments.

And there we have it - by making these small changes to your oral health regime you can get your white, natural looking smile back sooner than you possibly imagined.

At Aesthetika Dental we have teeth whitening treatments for all budgets and needs. Please contact one of our oral hygiene experts to discuss the best treatment for you.

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Recently we’ve been hearing in the media of reports regarding Martin Clunes and his tax-avoidance Botox treatments. Tax-avoidance aside (we’ll leave this to HMRC), this does present an interesting topic to discuss. And thanks to a whole host of recent celebrity confessions from the likes of Robbie Williams, Simon Cowell and of course Martin Clunes; Botox for men - why now?

Research by The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (BAAPS) has revealed that the number of men getting cosmetic surgery has risen by more than 110% since 2000, and Google has also told us that searches for ‘Botox for men’ has increased year-on-year by 25%. But Botox has been around for a while, so why now are we seeing more and more men have Botox treatments?

Like most things, a change to our lifestyle, what we buy and how we choose to spend our money is dictated by cultural change and acceptance. Culturally we continue to link success, whether that be family or personal, with image. This could be a new car, a big house, expensive clothes, or in the case of Botox treatments; healthier, younger looking skin.

There’s no hiding from the fact that the better we look, then more confident we feel. The more confident we feel, the likelihood of securing that new contract at work, or finally getting that date we’ve always wanted, greatly increases. And for men it’s no different. We’re big advocates of men having Botox treatments here at Aesthetika Dental, and why not. Anything that makes us, men or women for that matter, feel more confident and self-assured gets a thumbs up from us.

Now yes, Botox is classed as cosmetic surgery. But not necessarily surgery as we typically know it. You don’t go ‘under the knife’, nor do you have to wear one of those not so flattering hospital gowns. Botox treatment is a simple procedure. Treatment can take as little as 20 minutes on one area. In terms of pain, well there isn’t any. The injected areas can often feel a little ‘heavy’ for a few hours after, but all in all it’s a pain free treatment with amazing results.

Are you one of those responsible for that 25% uplift on Google for ‘Botox for men’ searches, but still unsure if it’s the right treatment for you? Use our handy online booking form to book an appointment with a team member at our Kingston surgery where we’d be happy to talk you through your options.

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