The Best Way to Tell Someone to Whiten Their Teeth

August 31st, 2016 by Dr. Karen Mcneill

A woman thinks "I wish he would whiten his teeth once and a while..."

We all know that person with the beautiful teeth and yellow smile. Your boss. Your boyfriend. Your sister. We care about people and want them to look their best. But teeth whitening can be a sensitive subject (no pun intended) and treatments can vary in price and effectiveness.

Why should people want a fresh, gleaming smile? What’s the best way to break the news?

Encourage teeth whitening with a subtle approach

According to the American Dental Association, in the past 20 years, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular esthetic dental treatments. The industry has been inundated with at-home treatments… from pens, strips, or even at-home trays… lights included. Why?

Here are a few reasons why everyone (including your friend) should get rid of that antique-looking smile:

Look younger

Do people with white teeth actually look younger? Well, according to a study conducted by OralB, it’s true! You can look five years younger and 20% more attractive with a whiter smile. Who doesn’t want those kind of results?

So try this with your friend:

  • “Hey, I read this article that professionally whitening your teeth can make you look five years younger. Sign me up, right? Have you ever thought about doing it?”

Improve self-confidence

Packaging sells. If your packaging looks good and you feel good in your skin, your confidence will translate to success. Not only your business life but also your personal life will improve.

Why not bait your friend with this:

  • “My dentist is offering an amazing whitening promotion this month! We have that big networking dinner coming up. If I look good, I’ll feel super confident and make more contacts for sure! You want in?”

Make a statement

First impressions are lasting impressions. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you and whitening your teeth gives plenty of bang for your buck. After your first treatment, it’s much easier to stay on a schedule each year with your dentist to keep your pearly whites as white as possible.

Sell it this way:

  • “I need a change. I’m going to get my teeth whitened and spruce up my look! What do you think? Have you ever thought about it?”

If your clever statements to encourage your friend to improve their smile are not working as fast or as well as you planned, don’t give up. There is something more you can do!

What is the BEST way to tell someone to brighten their smile?

Inspiring teeth whitening by showing off your gleaming white smile.

If you’ve got a gorgeous pearly white smile, others will ask you how they can look as good as you!

Whiten YOUR teeth and inspire others

We think the best way to inspire someone is not by what you say, but by your example. Your friend or family member will be certain to notice your glamorous white smile and then you’ll be able to educate any who ask how to follow in your footsteps.

The best way to inspire someone is not by what you say, but by your example

Any whitening treatment will achieve the best results after a regular cleaning by your dentist. After your next cleaning, ask your dental professional to recommend the best treatment for you… and maybe a referral for your friend. Better yet, share this cool article on your favorite social platform below with all your friends and family.

Get people talking about your amazing smile! Call our office and book your appointment today.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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8 Tips to Maintain Healthy Teeth While Traveling

August 31st, 2016 by Dr. Karen Mcneill

You can maintain healthy teeth while traveling with these essential tips.

What are your travel plans this summer? Whether you’re planning a long weekend at the beach, a rustic camping adventure, or an international getaway, no doubt you’re excited about your upcoming escape. The house-sitter is booked, your bags are packed…but do you have everything you need to maintain healthy teeth while traveling?

It can be easy to neglect your oral hygiene habits when out of town; after all, you’re away from home and out of your normal routine. However, with a little planning, you can avoid taking a vacation from your dental health during your summer travels.

Don’t Take a Vacation From your Dental Health

  1. An ounce of prevention: Schedule your cleaning and checkup with your dentist prior to your planned vacation to ensure any potential concerns are identified and treated before you leave.
  2. Pack the dental essentials: Remember to pack your toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. If you wear a night guard, pack that too!
  3. Protect your toothbrush from germs: Use a protective cover for your toothbrush that has holes for ventilation.
  4. Keep floss at your fingertips: If traveling by air, keep your toothbrush and floss handy in your personal item for easy access during the flight.
  5. In-flight tips: During long flights, drink plenty of water, avoid sticky snacks, and chew sugar-free gum.
  6. Let your toothbrush breathe: When you arrive at your destination, take your toothbrush out of its cover – a wet toothbrush can breed bacteria. Allow your toothbrush to dry thoroughly before covering it again.
  7. Water warning: If the water isn’t safe to drink where you’re vacationing, it’s not safe for brushing either! Brush with bottled water instead.
  8. Avoid dental disasters: Do not chew ice, hard candies, or other foods that could chip or crack your teeth.
Maintain healthy teeth while traveling with these simple tips.

Play it safe and use bottled water when in doubt.

With a little preparation, you can enjoy your summer travels without neglecting your teeth! We want to hear: What are your travel plans this summer? Comment below!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Re-posted with permission. Sourcehttps://www.roadsidedentalmarketing.com/blog/dental-articles/

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Our FREE Gift to You!

December 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Karen McNeill

We think our patients are the greatest!

We love seeing your beautiful smiles every day and sharing a laugh while catching up on the latest news. Because we appreciate your continued loyalty to our office and team, we love it when we have the opportunity to reward that loyalty.

We’ve Got What You Need

As partners in your dental health, we want to provide you with important information we know you want and need and we are constantly thinking of new and creative ways we can supply it. So, we are excited to share a new digital download that provides information we know you will be happy to have – The Top 5 Rule to Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

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This download is completely FREE, no hidden strings attached! It was designed solely for the benefit of our Redmond dentist patients. (And your welcome!)

Thank-you again for being the greatest patients on the planet! See you at your next appointment.

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Red, Green, and White? Do’s and Don’ts for Maintaining a White Holiday Smile

December 16th, 2015 by Dr. Karen McNeill

Redmond dentist holiday whitening tips

For many, the holiday season is filled with family, friends, and, of course, tons of delectable eats! However, consuming certain food and drinks can give your smile a less than desirable shade of Merlot. How can you keep your smile as bright as your holiday spirit?

Here’s a handy list of DO’S and DON’TS for this holiday season.

DO’S:

Chew, Chew, Chew – Look for foods that require a lot of chewing, as these act as natural exfoliants and will help to eliminate stains from your teeth.

Eat those Greens – Green vegetables, like spinach, actually create a thin film on your teeth that protect them from stains! At your next party, eat up your greens, but do try to avoid spinach caught between your front teeth (not a good look).

Wash it Down – Don’t simply forego that glass of eggnog or your favorite wine or coffee. You can still enjoy your favorites beverages, but just alternate drinking some water after a few sips to prevent the stain particles from lingering on your pearly whites.

DON’TS:

Put it Off – Your teeth are similar to clothing: if it stains your clothes, it will stain your teeth! After eating, if any of your meals components seem like they might stain, brush your teeth as soon as possible.

Home-Sweet-Home – Stains tend to make themselves at home in the areas between your teeth, so be sure to give a little extra attention to those in between areas. Eliminate plaque and stain molecules at the same time by flossing every day!

No Cheating – While gum, mints and mouthwash can give your mouth a fresher feel, brushing and flossing are the only effective ways to remove stains. Don’t go the easy way – do it right!

Smile brightly for the holidays with these informative tips and call our Redmond dentist if you wish to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.

Do you have other methods for maintaining the luster on your pearly whites? Please comment below, and share your stories!

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Does Your Smile Really Reveal the REAL You?

July 29th, 2015 by Dr. Karen McNeill

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you?

You’re at a family wedding and the photographer aims the lens at you. Panic sets in.
You’re posing for a new professional headshot and you smile with a closed mouth, hoping it looks natural.
You’re conversing with a new acquaintance and you suddenly feel self-conscious about your teeth.

If any of these situations sound familiar, you’re not alone. Many people shy away from smiling openly because of chipped or missing teeth, prominent gums, misaligned teeth, or yellow stains.

However, you don’t have to settle for less than perfect when it comes to your smile! Dr. McNeill your Dentist in Redmond WA and the entire team here at Smile Artistry have solutions that are right for any smile!

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Smile Design: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

“Smile Design,” also referred to as a smile makeover, is the process of improving your smile’s function and overall appearance by means of one or more cosmetic or restorative procedures.

A personalized Smile Design treatment plan can provide solutions for:
• Missing or chipped teeth.
• Old metal fillings.
• Misalignment.
• Uneven spacing.
• Yellowing and discoloration.
• And much more!

During a free Smile Analysis, Dr. McNeill will analyze your smile, the overall health of your teeth, your bite, and will discuss with you what you would like to see improved. Using the latest technology, we can show you a preview of what your smile could look like after specific procedures.

Regain Your Confidence Without Breaking the Bank

We can’t underestimate the value of the benefits an improved, healthy, functional smile can bring you, including greater confidence, increased happiness, and higher self-esteem!

We offer multiple financing options and discounts to help you make your dream smile a reachable reality. Additionally, we strive to make sure you’re fully aware of all options available and what costs are involved upfront to ensure there are zero surprise costs later on. More than anything, we want you to feel comfortable with your investment in yourself and your future.

Schedule Your Free Smile Analysis Today

Have we piqued your interest?

If you’re curious what we could do for your smile, call us at (425) 881-6699 to schedule your free Smile Analysis today. We take pride in helping Redmond  dental patients achieve their best self through Smile Design. We look forward to helping you too!

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Floss With Finesse: 5 Flossing Tips

May 20th, 2015 by Dr. Karen McNeill

It may look like a simple piece of string, but dental floss is so much more! It’s a proven ally in maintaining healthy teeth and gums and helps give your overall health a boost. Do you floss daily? What techniques help you get the most out of your flossing experience, without injury to your gums?

Your Dentist in Redmond, Dr. McNeill has complied a checklist to see if your flossing habits are up-to-par with the standard your smile deserves.

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The Flossing Dilemma

Statistics reveal that only 50.5% of Americans follow the recommendation from the American Dental Association (ADA) to floss every day. Some 31 percent report flossing less than daily, and a whopping 18% say they never floss. Yikes!

Why You Should Floss

Although brushing is an important part of cleaning your teeth, there are areas between your pearly whites that your toothbrush bristles simply can’t reach. Left to linger in these hidden areas, bacteria can flourish. This leads to the formation of plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease.

That’s why daily flossing is imperative. It does more than just remove food debris stuck between your teeth. It also removes the plaque that brushing left behind. If you really want to do what’s best for your smile, it’s time to put an end to excuses. Floss your teeth every day, not just before you visit Dr. McNeill.

How to Floss Correctly

If you’re going to take the time to floss, it makes sense to do it the right way. Here are some simple yet important steps to follow according to the American Dental Association:

1. Use about 18 inches of floss wound around your middle finger, with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger.
2. Pinch the floss tightly between thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between your teeth, using a gentle shoeshine motion.
3. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth.
4. Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Don’t jerk or snap the floss.
5. Floss all your teeth, using extra pieces of floss if necessary. Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth! By far the most gum disease and tooth decay occur in these back regions of the mouth.

Ready. Set. Floss!

It does take time to floss correctly, but those 3-5 minutes per day are well worth the effort. Along with diligent brushing and faithful flossing, make regular visits to your dental professionals a part of your oral health routine. Make your appointment with Dr. McNeill of Redmond today to show off your fabulous flossing habits!

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7 Reasons Your Teeth Might Hate You – and What You Can Do About It

February 24th, 2015 by Dr. Karen Mcneill

You take a sip of your latte, only to be reminded of the sharp pain you’ve been experiencing in your teeth. Hot drinks, cold drinks, even the chilly winter air in WA seems to set it off. What’s causing this pain and what can you do to prevent it?

Tooth pain and sensitivity are quite common, affecting millions of people. These occur when the enamel in a tooth is worn away and the gum line recedes. This leaves the unprotected surface beneath (called dentin) exposed. When the dentin is exposed, this allows the trigger to shoot straight to the nerve, causing that unbearable pain you feel.

Tooth sensitivity may feel like sharp pain in one or two teeth or constant discomfort in your whole mouth. The good news is, you can do something about it!

Dentist in Redmond WA Asks: What can cause tooth sensitivity?

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Brushing Too Hard

Although you should brush thoroughly several times a day, go easy – brushing too hard can contribute to enamel erosion. Using a new, soft-bristled toothbrush along with proper brushing techniques can make a huge difference in maintaining your oral hygiene without potentially harming the enamel or exposing the dentin around the gum line.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)

Tooth grinding, either when awake or asleep, can damage enamel. It’s sometimes hard to know if you are grinding your teeth at night, however, a dull headache or sore jaw upon waking are tell-tale signs. In addition to causing sensitivity, bruxism can cause severe tooth damage, tooth loss, and other serious medical issues. If you think you might be grinding your teeth, speak to Dr. McNeill about using a dental mouth guard.

Harsh Mouthwash

It might be hard to believe, but certain over-the-counter mouthwashes actually contain acids and chemicals that can increase your sensitivity, especially when your gums have begun to recede. Don’t risk making your tooth pain worse! Use neutral fluoride solution instead.

Potential Tooth Decay or a Crack

It’s possible a decaying or damaged tooth is to blame for your sensitivity. A sudden onset of pain may be a sign that one or two teeth in particular are in severe need of attention and repair. Regular visits to Dr. McNeill are vital to keep up with proper oral health.

Plaque Build-Up

Plaque is a colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth. It can build up when proper flossing and brushing are neglected. A little plaque on the teeth is normal, but when it starts to build up, it could result in tooth sensitivity. Removing plaque that’s built up over time can be very difficult, so preventative measures should be a priority. Schedule a dental cleaning to remove plaque and avoid causing more damage to your teeth.

Acidic Foods and Beverages

You may notice certain foods or drinks may trigger your tooth pain. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, avoid drinking too much coffee, tea, wine, soda, juice, or other acidic beverages. Even certain foods with high acid content can contribute to discomfort. Sometimes changing what you eat and drink is enough to reduce your sensitivity, but it’s important to see Dr. McNeill to evaluate the underlying cause.

A Recent Dental Visit

It is entirely normal to feel some tooth sensitivity when leaving the dentist after a check-up or procedure. Teeth cleaning, crown placement, or tooth restoration can all cause discomfort, but this tends to disappear within a matter of days or weeks. If you’ve recently had a root canal or a tooth removed, this too will likely cause considerable sensitivity for several weeks.

Understanding these common causes of tooth sensitivity will help you manage and control your symptoms. With the help and guidance of your Dentist in Redmond WA, your teeth and gums can remain healthy and pain free. Call us for an appointment at (425) 881-6699 and find relief for your tooth sensitivity today!

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Help Wanted! Why Patient Online Reviews Rule

March 17th, 2014 by Dr. Karen McNeill

Patient Online Reviews

Whether you’re looking to buy a new vehicle, choosing a hotel, or deciding which dentist to trust, online reviews can influence your decisions.

Why Patient Online Reviews Rule

If you’ve visited Dr. Karen McNeill and her dental team, you’ve no doubt formed an opinion. That opinion matters to us and we would love to hear from you! Your friends, family, neighbors, and those  checking reviews online would also value your input because it helps differentiate between quality dental care and “flashy” advertising.

We’re proud of the dental services we provide and are asking you to please help us spread the word. It only takes a few minutes to write an online review about your experience with us— and your honest evaluation can help prospective patients for years to come.

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You Possess Valuable Insights

Not sure what to write? Here’s what most would love to hear regarding your experience with us:

  • Accuracy of diagnosis
  • How well did we explain the procedures?
  • How well did we listen?
  • Delivery of treatment
  • Time spent with you as patient
  • Friendliness of staff
  • Ease of scheduling
  • Office environment, wait times, & cleanliness

We truly care about every one of our patients and want to help others achieve beautiful, healthy smiles, too. Please help spread the word with your online review!

Write your review now by clicking here.

 

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Do You Follow These 4 Toothbrush Tips from Redmond WA Dentists?

December 18th, 2012 by Dr. Karen McNeill

Redmond WA dentists urge proper brushingMany know the essential role that regular tooth brushing plays in the battle against tooth decay and infection. Yet Redmond WA dentists are noticing that some patients are unaware of other important toothbrush factors to consider in their efforts to maintain sound oral health.

The oral cavity contains numerous different types of microorganisms — some good and some bad. When teeth are brushed, some of these microorganisms end up being transferred to your toothbrush. Dr. McNeill highlights a few precautions to keep in mind in order to minimize issues arising with the condition of your toothbrush.

1. Change Toothbrush Regularly—Develop the habit of replacing your ADA approved toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if bristles become frayed or worn. Use a new toothbrush after getting over a sickness, like a cold or flu.

2. Storage Habits—Store toothbrushes as far away from the toilet as possible. Don’t keep toothbrushes covered in closed areas, as microorganisms thrive in moist environments.

3. Clean Well—Ensure that all leftover toothpaste and food debris is thoroughly removed from the toothbrush by adequately rinsing it with water after usage.

4. Use Your Own Toothbrush—Sharing a toothbrush can result in the exchange of unwanted microorganisms, and increase the risk of developing infections or other oral health issues. Prevent cross-contamination by storing toothbrushes far enough apart.

Contact us today for all your dental needs, including any questions you have about your oral health. As one of the premier Redmond WA dentists, Dr. McNeill would be happy to assist you in maintaining a youthful, healthy-looking set of pearly whites that keeps you smiling proudly.

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Make Great First Impressions with Your Redmond WA Invisalign Experts

December 8th, 2012 by Dr. Karen McNeill

Make a great first impression in Redmond WA with InvisalignWe only get one chance to make a first impression. Dr. McNeill has helped numerous patients make the best of that opportunity by enhancing Redmond WA smiles with Invisalign. If you’re not familiar with Invisalign, it’s a high-tech method of straightening teeth that has taken the dental industry by storm. Is a straight smile really that important?

Recent studies from the makers of Invisalign and Kelton research reveal that having a straight-looking set of pearly whites may be more beneficial than one might originally think. In a recent survey involving over 1000 people, it confirmed that people with straight teeth are perceived more likely to be:

Happy * Healthy * Friendly * Popular * Trustworthy * Second-date Worthy * Successful * With High Self-esteem *

Invisalign provides the superior choice in comparison to other orthodontic solutions, like that of traditional metal braces, because:

  • The entire teeth straightening procedure is usually completed on an average of only 12 months.
  • The straightening process is accomplished by means of aligner trays that are made of a clear composite, high-tech resin that’s virtually invisible. No more concerns about metal mouth.
  • They’re metal-free, which means that these custom-made aligners will be comfortable, and not irritate the soft tissue in the mouth.
  • The aligners are simply slipped over teeth and are completely removable for eating, brushing and special occasions.

Book a consultation with your Redmond WA Invisalign experts today. Smile with pride and start reaping the benefits of making great first impressions.

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About Dr. McNeill’s Blog

Dr. Karen McNeill has been creating smiles since 1992. Dr. McNeill established her practice in 1998, creating one of the very first practices in the Northwest dedicated to Advanced Full Mouth Reconstruction.

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