Monthly Archives: August 2015

The 5 do’s and don’ts of selfie taking…

tips from your dentist on celeb smiles

2014 was dubbed the year of the selfie and whilst you might expect hundreds of selfies from the likes of celebs in the pic, what about us mere mortals?

Selfies are a fun way of documenting a moment in time and nowadays with social media it’s great to share your everyday experiences and adventures with friends and family. A picture says a thousand words and all that…

If you’re new to taking selfies you might have realised it’s not as easy it looks, well actually we mean yeah it’s easy but it’s not so easy to do it and look good!

Even selfie goddesses like Kim Kardashian can reportedly take up to 300 selfies to find the perfect one, so have a read of our 5 do and don’t tips below to snap your perfect picture and avoid selfie disaster!

Do get the lighting right:
Lighting can be one of the best way to make your selfie look wow. Try and take your photo an hour either side of sunrise or sunset, these are called the magic hours and will help to show you in the right light.

Dont hold the camera too low:
Get yourself positioned and hold your camera up just above your head, it generally looks better if you are looking up at the camera. Holding it to low so the camera is looking up is rarely flattering and you can see right up your nose!

Do move about:
Looking dead on into the camera probably isn’t the most flattering shot for most of us. Hold the camera slightly to the side and move your arm or head around until your picture perfect!

Don’t take yourself too seriously:
The best selfies are always fun and lighthearted so pull a funny face or a big smile. Everyone loves to fool around, if a picture says a 1000 words then make sure those words are fun and loveable.

Do set the scene:
Remember to make sure your background is suitable for what you’re trying to portray or better still make it interesting, say hmmmm, like at a dental practice… #dentistselfie

After a little practice with the above dos and don’ts you’ll soon be happy snapping in no time.

Say hello to Dawn…

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Say Hello to Dawn Massey

Dawn has been with the practice so long she is considered to be part of the furniture and we wouldn’t know what to do without her!

As well as being the longest serving team member at Smile Essential Dental Practice she is also the most senior. Her wise ways ensure that we stay on the top of all protocols and procedures to offer you outstanding dental care.

When did you join the Smile Essential team: May 1986

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Your role: Practice Manager

Favourite part of your Role: having a smooth running day, helping patients & team to achieve their goals

Least favourite part of your job: paperwork pile

What do you like about being part of the Smile Essential team: The team are great, fun, friendly, enjoy team social events and team interaction generally.

What do you like about working in dentistry: it’s amazing to see a patient at the start of their journey and to follow through this journey with a patient to the end result.

When you were little what was your dream job: Nurse

Do you have any pets: 1 dog called Henry, Japanese Coy carp, tropical fish tank, 4 birds (java birds)

Favourite film: Flashdance

Favourite TV programme: Game of thrones

How important do you think a good smile is: One of the most important things, it’s one of the first things people see when they meet you for the first time.

Why is good dental health important: So that your teeth last a lifetime and you can smile with confidence

How important are regular dental health visits: very important.

Changing smiles, changing lives

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Changing smiles can mean changing lives. At Smile Essential Dental Practice we probably have one of the best jobs in the world- creating smiles and changing lives!

If you hide your smile in photos or worse avoid photos because you’re not confident in your smile, then this could be affecting you everyday of your life!

We would love to help give you a solution so you can smile confidently and ultimately change your life.

Take the first step today by giving our friendly team a call and start your journey to a happy, smiley future- 0116 2891317 or drop us a message

The dentist could just save your life…

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It may surprise you to know that heart disease and the health of your mouth are possibly linked? It’s estimated that heart disease will claim a staggering 600,000 lives this year, making it a number one killer.

There are two different connections between heart disease and the health of your mouth:

1. Studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum (periodontal) disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.

2. The health of your mouth can provide warning signs for other diseases or conditions, including heart disease.

Because the mouth is a pathway to the body, people who have chronic gum disease are at a higher risk of suffering from a heart attack. Gum disease affects around 80 percent adults so it’s important you keep a look out for these warning signs:

•Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
•Gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth
•Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
•Teeth that are loose or are separating from each other

Although gum disease seems to be associated with heart disease, more studies are needed before we can say with certainty what the relationship is.
Regular dental health checks are important because during this you will receive a ‘Ten Point Healthy Mouth Check’, a mouth cancer check and the removal of harmful bacteria and plaque which cause gum disease.

To keep your mouth healthy:

•Brush for two to three minutes, twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gum line.
•Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Use a mouthwash to reduce plaque by up to 20 percent.
•Eat a healthy diet to provide essential nutrients (vitamins A and C, in particular).
•Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

For a healthy mouth, make sure a trip to the dentist is your number 1 priority can play a major role in preventing gum disease.

Speak to our friendly team on 0116 2891317 to schedule yourself a dental health check