How to Nail the Perfect First Impression

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A first impression in any kind of setting is said to take about seven seconds. The first moments of meeting someone are critical to this first impression. What you say hardly even matters in these few seconds, it’s the nonverbal stuff that sticks out. Everything from your demeanor, clothing, appearance, and posture matters so much more than the first couple words out of your mouth.


 Your mouth, along with your eyes, catches the most attention. This is why having a nice, white smile is increasingly more important to make that great first impression everybody worries about. A professor of psychology at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco, Paul Ekman, said that “We (respond to) a smile from 30 meters away. A smile lets us know that we're likely to get a positive reception, and it's hard not to reciprocate."


A First Impression Happens in 1/10 of a Second:


If you thought seven seconds was a short window to make an impression, most psychology journals suggest that judgements made from the first 1/10 of a second carry on throughout the rest of the initial engagement. Our brain makes quick computations about everything it can in that fraction of a second.


A quick checklist that flies through one’s mind is: “Are they a threat? Are they smiling? Do I like them? Do I want to have a conversation with them?” In most business and personal introductions, a nice genuine smile is standard and catches the most attention. To most, in those critical first seconds, a good smile speaks louder than any words that would come out of your mouth.


Smile with Confidence: 


The confidence from having a great smile carries through your entire demeanor when meeting someone new. Even if one’s mind only has a tenth of a second to make an analysis of you, it can still pick up on subtle cues that correlate with confidence. A survey showed that 58% of men use a woman’s smile as a metric when judging their first impression. This means more than half of these impressions were dictated by a smile alone. A smile that is discolored or stained may actually have greater psychological effects on you than you might think, especially in your subconscious confidence.


 If you are self-conscious about your smile, you might not put the same kind of confidence behind everything you say out of fear that you will bring attention to your teeth. You might give off the wrong message about the quality of things you have to say, even if the quality of your message isn’t much different. Confidence is a quality that essentially dictates whether someone has a positive or negative image of you in their memory.


Take Charge of Your Personal Appearance:


            Living in such a high information society, making a good first impression is a standard to just be memorable. It’s the great first impression carried with a white smile and the confidence to back it that can make that first interaction a job opening, friendship, or romantic encounter in the near future. Tooth whitening is something that can change the world’s perception of you in a very short period of time and pays for itself hundreds of times over in your future interactions.






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Worst Food And Drinks For Your Teeth

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Most of us realize that coffee, red wine, and candy are bad for our teeth – but that brushing twice a day and flossing will absolve us from our food or drink mishaps. But did you know that foods and drinks beyond the obvious can crack, stain, weaken, and generally damage your mouth? There are three categories of food and drinks that are bad for your oral hygiene: sugary food or drinks that cause cavities, hard substances that weaken enamel, and liquids that dry out your mouth. If you want a healthier, whiter, and stronger smile, cut out or reduce the following foods and drinks:

  • Ice – Even though ice doesn’t contain any sugar or cavity causing agents, chewing on ice can damage enamel, loosen crowns, and chip teeth.
  • Alcohol – Alcohol reduces saliva flow and production, which can lead to tooth decay or gum disease. Saliva flow is important to washing away food bacteria and to protect soft tissue from infection.
  • Certain fruits – Lime, lemons, oranges and grapefruit are loaded with citric acid. Acidic foods are the number-one cause of enamel erosion and tooth decay. Dentists recommend drinking or eating these fruits or juices in one sitting and avoiding other acidic foods or drinks for several hours.
  • Soda, Coffee, and Red Wine – Dark liquids with acids stain our teeth, which can wear down the surface of our teeth. Soda is particularly bad for our teeth and our health because of the combination of sugar, acids, and carbonation.
  • Bread, Potato Chips, Pretzels – As you chew bread, your saliva turns it into a sugary soft paste that gets stuck in the teeth, allowing bacteria to grow. Potato chips and pretzels can also get lodged into the grooves of the teeth.
  • Beets, Berries, Kale – Foods rich in color are also rich in stain agents. A good rule of thumb is if it would stain your white t-shirt, it will stain your teeth.
  • Candy – Sticky, chewy, sour, and hard candy are all bad for the teeth. The amount of sugar is very high and combined with their stickiness or chewiness, can get stuck in crevices of the teeth, lingering in the mouth. Sour candy is especially dangerous because it is highly acidic. Hard candy can crack or damage the teeth.
  • Popcorn – Popcorn is infamous for getting stuck in the teeth. It also promotes bacteria and kernels can damage the enamel or chip your teeth.

Perhaps surprisingly, there are some foods and drinks that are actually good for your teeth. These include fiber-rich fruits and veggies, cheese, milk, yogurt, and other dairy products (calcium!), green or black tea, and sugarless gum. These products help get saliva flowing and prevent bacteria or remove food particles from your mouth.

It’s difficult to swear off all foods and drinks that are bad for our teeth. Keeping teeth healthy is about limiting exposure and damage. Dentists recommend eating acidic or sugary foods as part of a meal rather than on their own and brushing after each meal. If you can’t brush, drink water to wash away sugar, dislodge food, or dilute staining residue. You should limit snacking on foods bad for your teeth and use fluoride toothpaste to repair enamel. Straws can work wonders while drinking coffee, soda, or even wine.

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