Are you searching for your summer job or internship? A bright smile may increase your ability to land your dream job. As you prepare for applications and interviews, Dr. Greenfield would like to discuss a few statistics about smiles in the workplace.
Beautiful Smiles Improve Appearance
- About 96 percent of people agree that a smile is very important to a person’s appearance. Smiling at your interview makes you seem more enthusiastic, energetic, and friendlier. However, a smile is more effective if it looks good. A recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry revealed that discolored teeth, missing teeth, and crooked teeth were the most unattractive smile features. Dr. Greenfield’s cosmetic treatments will help improve your smile and image.
- Approximately 40 percent of people admit that they notice a person’s smile before eyes, clothing, and hair. Additionally, straightness, color, and cleanliness of teeth were the top features noticed in a smile.
- About 83 percent of people interact with co-workers on a daily basis, and 76 percent of professionals interact with clients, customers, or vendors. A great smile can improve your personal and professional relationships. In fact, 42 percent of employees say the least attractive feature about their co-workers is not smiling, followed by 32 percent who are most turned off by bad breath.
Graduation is right around the corner! If you can’t decide what to get your graduate, Dr. Greenfield suggests giving your grad the gift of a great smile. A bright smile will improve your child’s health, appearance, and confidence as he or she heads into college and the working world.
While away at college, many students increase their consumption of sugary snacks, alcoholic beverages, and energy drinks—all of which contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, many students get so overwhelmed with their academics that they neglect proper dental hygiene. Peer pressure and homework assignments may stress your student and cause bruxism. As your child packs for college, make sure these products are included in the suitcase:
The American Cancer Society estimates that over 40,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. It’s important to understand the condition so you know how to prevent it. This week, April 22-28, is Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, and Dr. Greenfield wants to test your oral cancer knowledge with this short quiz.
1. Which of the following areas is not included in oral cancer?
2. Which activity does NOT increase the risk of oral cancer?
C. Drinking alcohol
You may be spending more time outdoors enjoying the beautiful springtime weather. However, outdoor activities often lead to accidents, injuries, and irritations. If you’re planning to spend this Earth Day weekend outside admiring the environment, Dr. Greenfield wants to make sure you’re staying healthy. Did you know some of your common dental products can reduce your discomforts?
If you fell on the ground during exercise or sports, dab a little mouthwash on your injury. Think about it—mouthwash helps kill the bacteria in your mouth that cause infection. Similarly, the antiseptic can be applied to cuts, scrapes, and wounds to clean the area and prevent contamination. Mouthwash can also help reduce the appearance of bruises to promote faster healing. Keep in mind that the alcohol content found in many mouthwashes may sting your skin a little. Furthermore, running a soft toothbrush along your skin can help remove dry flakes and exfoliate your skin.
If you’re “going green” by camping or gardening, you will be around a lot of bugs and plants. Mouthwash and toothpaste can both help soothe bee stings and reduce the itchiness from bug bites and poison ivy. These hygiene products also absorb oil to help dry out blisters and pimples. Athletes and joggers may also appreciate that mouthwash can dry out and heal athlete’s foot. Furthermore, the great outdoors may irritate your sinuses—which can contribute to tooth pain. If your teeth feel sensitive or painful, visit Dr. Greenfield to diagnose the problem.
Earth Day is next weekend (April 22), and as a holistic dentist in Lake Orion, Dr. Greenfield encourages environmental safety. Holistic dentistry uses conservative processes and biocompatible materials that are healthy for both our patients and the environment. Here’s how our team at Lake Orion Family Dentistry is going green:
- Paperless: Our staff uses a digital filing system to keep track of your records and claims submissions. In addition, instead of sending you a traditional postcard appointment reminder, we use text and email to confirm patient appointments. Our paperless office systems not only help reduce paper waste, but it’s more convenient for you, as well. Digital files can easily be shared between our office, your insurance, and other medical care providers. We can also quickly locate your information when needed.
- Digital X-rays: With digital radiograph technology, our patients are exposed to an 80 to 90 percent reduction in radiation. To protect the planet, digital X-rays don’t use film and don’t release harmful chemicals into the environment. As a bonus, digital images are available immediately so Dr. Greenfield can review your pictures chairside with you. Your digital dental X-rays will be stored in a computer system for quick retrieval.
Does your spouse avoid kissing you in the morning? About 95 percent of people experience bad morning breath from time to time. Before Dr. Greenfield can treat your bad breath, take this self-assessment to determine what’s causing your morning breath.
- Does your mouth feel dry? Your salivary glands slow down and produce less saliva while you sleep. This means that there is no moisture to wash away oral bacteria. Oral bacteria don’t sleep when you do, so they thrive in the dry environment all night long, contributing to a bad odor when you wake up. Your mouth will naturally dry out as you sleep, but keep a glass of water next to your bed to stay hydrated during the night.
- Do you practice healthy hygiene? Brushing and flossing your teeth before you go to bed will help remove bacteria and food particles that could cause a stink when you wake up. By clearing out debris, you are also giving your oral bacteria less to feed on during the night—which will also help reduce your risk of decay. In addition, if you use mouthwash, make sure it has little to no alcohol content because alcohol further dries out your mouth. Additionally, don’t eat less than three hours before bedtime so you have enough time for food particles and bacteria to dissolve.