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7 Famous Smiles We Love

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

famous smiles a blog by hagen dental

It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 2 to smile.

With that said, we wanted to highlight a few of the most well known smiles!

1. Mona Lisa

You’ve probably heard of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting, since after all, it’s been called the most famous smile of all time. The Mona Lisa smile is one of the most intriguing and talked about smiles of all time, despite how she’s not even showing any teeth! It’s said that the “Mona Lisa” is actually a spelling error, and it should be “Monna Lisa,” which in Italian, is a short form of Madonna.

The painting lives in a dedicated, climate-controlled room that cost $7 million to build within the Louvre museum of Paris. Reports claim the painting is considered priceless, so it can’t be insured. The most popular belief is the woman Leonardo painted is Lisa Gherardini.

If you look close, the 24 year old has no eyebrows! A much-talked about question is why (or how) Mona Lisa appears to be smiling one moment, but the next she appears to be serious.

Is the Mona Lisa smile magical or can it be vanishing right in front of our eyes?

The answer is that much of what we see depends on lighting, visual pathways and even where we look on the painting.

2. Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple began her career at age 3, and won over people’s hearts in movies such as Heidi and Curley Top. She also sang the song “You Gotta Smile to be Happy,” which could make just about anyone smile. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.” She will be remembered as the first child star and for her radiant smile.

3. Princess Diana

Very full of life and known to be shy, Princess Diana of Wales had a beautiful smile. The so-called “People’s Princess” was a fashion icon and also a philanthropist. She was very much covered in the media and many photographers aimed to get a photo of her bright smile.

4. George Clooney

No list of famous smiles would be complete without actor and director, George Clooney. George is frequently named as one of the most good-looking men in the world, and his smile helps him earn such honors.

5. Michael Jordan

“Air Jordan,” as he is sometimes called, is surely one of the best basketball players of all times—and he also has a great smile. With so many athletic accolades to his name, it is no wonder so many of MJ’s photos on the court and off, show him smiling!

6. Audrey Hepburn

Both an actress and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn is one of the top fashion icons of all time. We think part of what makes her so fashionable, even to this day, is her one-of-a-kind smile.

7. Julia Roberts

No such list would be complete without Julia Roberts. Her smile has garnered so much attention because it is natural, symmetrical, and she has healthy, enviable gums.

Looking to increase your confidence when it comes to your smile? Give us a call at (513) 251-5500. Find our website here.

Easter Baskets That We Can Approve Of!

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Americans will eat more than 700 million marshmallow Peeps and bunnies this Easter!

In fact at Easter time, the marshmallow treats will actually outsell jelly beans.

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This year for Easter, we thought we’d go over some of the better choices for treats to eat while celebrating Easter, as well as some explanation as to why these are actually better for your health.

First, let’s take a brief look at some of the not-so-great treat choices.

The sticky, hard kind of candy quite literally sticks to our teeth. This also means they stay suck to all the crevices and grooves we have in our teeth, which happen to be the places where we are most likely to get decay and plaque buildup. Just imagine the acid and sugar are “sitting” on your teeth when you eat these hard candies…

Beyond sticky candy such as taffy, candy that is filled with caramel or coconut, or any other fillings, are also bad for the teeth. A good rule of thumb to consider is that the longer the food can stick to your teeth, the longer the bacteria can feed on it.

Hard candies can also be a problem since we end up sucking on them. Again, we are exposing ourselves to the acid and sugar for longer periods of time.

So What Can I Do For Some Substitutes?

Here’s an excuse to reach for that chocolate bunny: the chocolate (without those fillings!) is not going to stick to your teeth as much. While eaten in excess it surely isn’t good for your teeth either, it’s an option that you might say is better than some of the others!

Consider other “treats” altogether.

You can also consider other sweet or delicious things to cater to your sweet tooth without all the negative effects on your teeth. For example, what about a cheese plate for the family to share? Cheese can actually work to protect your enamel and keep away the bad bacteria!

Another fun treat can be to eat a few hard-boiled eggs, and the whole family can help make them if you make deviled eggs. Many of us are dying them for an Easter activity, so why not eat an egg or two while we are at it?

In general, in the baked goods we eat at this time of year, you can also look to substitute whole-wheat flour for the standard flour.

How come, and why is this a good move for your teeth? White flour quickly breaks down into simple sugar. In fact, this process occurs while the food is still in your mouth. And, as you probably guessed, bacteria in your mouth feast on this sugar! Then what we see is that acid is produced and in turn, works at breaking down your enamel…On the other hand, whole wheat flour does not produce simple sugar as quickly as white flour does.

Another way to get rid of some of the processed sugar in your diet is select Greek yogurts, (unsweetened) applesauce, bananas or even things like prunes to add the sweetening without the processed sugar. If it fits your diet, look for recipes that use these ingredients instead of just refined sugar.

Another option is to consider choosing candies with Xylitol if you can find them. Assuming you do not have any sensitivity to Xylitol, these candies do not have the sugar that leads to cavities!

“Well, I’m going to eat a few candies this Easter, even if it isn’t ideal…”

You may be saying that you are still going to have a Peep or two, and that’s fine!

At least wait an hour before you brush your teeth after you devour all that candy in your Easter basket this year! That may seem counterintuitive, but that’s because the acid is sitting on your teeth, and you actually could worsen the harmful effects by brushing the acid onto your teeth when you brush.

So instead of reaching for the brush immediately, a simple and effective way to clean your teeth after you sit down for a few Peeps this year is “swishing” your mouth out with water. This helps flush out the acid and sugar.

Don’t be afraid to try something new and give a few dental products in your Easter basket this year. Yes, candy can be eaten, but we can also take care of ourselves so that we have a great smile for years to come! 

Do’s and Don’ts: For Your Dental Health!

Monday, August 12th, 2013