Are You Ready For Your Close-Up On Emmy Night?
I will be seeing some of the most famous faces on television over the next few weeks at my Beverly Hills practice. It’s one of the busiest months of the year for my hygienists as the stars nominated for Emmys come in for teeth cleanings, whitening procedures by their dentists and their gums deep cleaned by me.
It’s time-consuming and can be very expensive, especially if they haven’t been in to see us for awhile. You would be surprised at the number of celebrities whose job it is to smile for the cameras for photo shoots and red carpet galas put off going to the dentist. They schedule a couple of sessions with their dentist alongside their appointments with their plastic surgeons and dress fittings just weeks and sometimes days before the big night.
I will tell you a secret. Stars are no different than you or me when it comes to award winning smiles, the firmest, pinkest gums and enviable oral health. When any of us put in the effort, the results are as satisfying and as gratifying as if you spent thousands of dollars in the dental chair– and you never have to leave the comfort of your home.
They say it takes three weeks to change a habit, and that’s about how long it will take you to see whiter teeth and healthier gums– just in time for you settle in on the couch to watch the Emmys on August 25th.
So, let’s get started!
Tips For A Healthy Smile
It all comes down to basics and you begin by checking your toothbrush. It should be a soft-bristled one. If it’s been more than a few months since you started using it, toss it and get a new one. Better yet, get a sonic brush, which cleans much better. Brush your teeth twice daily and scrape your tongue. Be consistent.
Flossing is next. I tell my patients it’s more important than brushing, but let’s do both for the countdown to Emmys, shall we? Some people just don’t like the string kind, and most don’s use it correctly, so if you don’t have one already, invest in a water flosser. It’s easier and more effective and it even removes stains. Waterpik has excellent models for under a hundred dollars– available at your drugstore. Do this daily.
If you drink a lot of coffee and red wine, you may want to amp your regime with any of the D.I.Y. whitening strips available. But, remember, teeth whitening and brightening is not an alternative to brushing two or three times daily and flossing at least once a day.
Voila! That’s it! You’ve got this! A few minutes a couple of times a day over the next three weeks will honor your overall oral health and give you a smile you can be proud of. I encourage you not to put the cap on the toothpaste at the end of Emmy night, but let it flow like free champagne all the way up to the Academy Awards in 2015 and beyond! Doing so will ensure you are an “A” lister at your next dental check-up