Category: Looking Attractive

Looking Attractive

First Impressions

We all make assumptions and judgements in the first few seconds on meeting someone based on stereotypes, a gut instinct and so on. It’s one of those aspects of life we aren’t necessarily proud of or eager to admit, but it has sparked a lot of psychological research.

Specifically how others perceive us based on our smile, whether it is in terms of attractiveness, intelligence, or potential employers during an interview.

Articles have been published based on the Oral B smile report on Heart radio online about what our smile and teeth say about us to other people.

The study took a group of 1000 men and women, they were shown an image of a woman with clean and healthy looking teeth. Another group of 1000 men and women were shown an image of the same woman with one difference. She had stained unhealthy teeth. Following this the groups were asked a series of questions relating to the womans personal life, age, career, attractiveness and intellect. The results of the subjects opinions were as follows.

  • Bad teeth can age you by 13 years
  • 68% believe good teeth indicate a university education
  • 70% believe those with stained, unhealthy looking teeth must have gone to a state school
  • 82% think you earn more if you have healthy looking teeth
  • Men rank a ‘gorgeous smile’ higher than a ‘great figure’
  • 40% of men think women with unhealthy teeth must be single

Another article in the news relating to this was featured in the Daily Mail

This stated that Holly Willoughby has the most sought after smile and that whiter teeth can make you look younger and more successful when applying for jobs. Below are some of the statistics they found.

  • 75% of Brits want whiter teeth, but 25% don’t clean teeth properly
  • White teeth can make you look 20% more attractive
  • Make people think you earn £10,000 more than if you have stained teeth
  • Having white teeth increases your employment potential by 10%
  • Men are more worried about having bad teeth than going bald
  • On dates bad breathe and yellow teeth are top turn offs

It is very interesting how such a subtle difference of whiter teeth can improve a persons perception of your wealth and increase your employment potential. It seems that in our mind we link attractiveness and looking healthy to current and future success.

The Mail further states that on average the general public want their teeth to be two shades whiter with dentists stating that yellow teeth is the most common problem when regarding the nations smiles. Everyone seems to be trying to get that celebrity smile in particulary Holly Willoughby.

The current trend of having a whiter smile seems to be more of a long term investment, whether you are looking for a new partner or increasing your career prospects.

Therefore for those 25% who apparently don’t clean their teeth properly perhaps it is wise to spend that extra 2 minutes in the morning or have a dental hygiene visit, it could lead potentially to future success.

Alternatively why not book in for a Whitening Consultation priced at £30.00 especially if you have a dream job interview to attend and want to impress with a bright smile.  At our practice we perform both In-Surgery Whitening (£180 per session)  or Home Whitening kits (£280).

You never know,you may even meet the man or woman of your dreams along the way.


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(Prices correct as of 17/09/2014)

Fresher Breath This Valentines day

As Friday the 14th February rapidly approaches we at Ashford Dental Care would like to offer some advice how to make you extra kissable to your partner.

Bad breath can be caused by diabetes, bronchitis and other medical conditions. However the main cause of bad breath is the micro-organisms within the mouth. Once we have eaten and have a full stomach we never really consider what remnants of dinner and lunch are left behind in between our teeth.

Regular brushing and flossing can tackle most of the problem as well as a regular scale and polish. Here is a video link for flosssing instruction.

However many of us forget to clean something very obvious within the mouth, The Tongue.

The tongue  is covered in many tiny bumps and pits, these provide the perfect habitat for all those nasty smelling micro-organisms to live in. One example is a fungus named Candida Albicans. This fungus species is also associated with Thrush so as you can imagine it is not something you want to be cultivating within your mouth.

These microorganisms produce sulphur compound gases such as  hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan and dimethyl sulfide . Sulphur gases often smell like rotten eggs. If you can keep these pesky bugs to a minimum then this should improve your breathe.

Now to remove these bugs it might be worth investing in a tongue scraper. They are small and feature a plastic handle and a curved loop on the end. This curve allows the device to fit to the shape of your tongue, so that when you pull the scraper down the tongue it will scrape off the germs and bacteria. Alternatively you could use a wet toothbrush with no toothpaste however the shape of the brush and bristles are not designed for the texture and shape of the tongue, and you may only have a limited amount of success. Below is an image of a tongue scraper and how to use it. If your tongue is cut or sore, it is not wise to use the scraper until it is healed. There is no set amount of time for cleaning your tongue, just simply clean until you are satisfied.


valentines tongue scraper

However if this makes no difference to your breathe it could be related to gum disease, cavities or a health condition. Therefore is it important to discuss this with your Dentist and Doctor and to have regular check ups.


New Year New You

Happy-New-Year-2014-Photos-HD-FreeThe Team at Ashford Dental Care hope you had a fantastic festive season and would like to wish you a Happy New Year.

As its the New Year why not give us as call to help you with this years New Years resolutions.

We are always here to offer advice, if you want to stop smoking we can discuss this with you and offer encouragement and cessation advice.

Alternatively If you want a brighter smile for 2014, why not book a Whitening Consultation with one of our dentists?

We will happily discuss which methods of Whitening will work best for you.

Or even if you wants a bit of a tidy up and stain removal for those New years work parties come visit our Hygienist.

Call the surgery and make your New years Resolutions a reality on 01233 639289.

Below is an image of what effects just whitening can have on the appearance of your teeth.

whitening beforeafter

Although the effect of whitening products does differ from person to person as you can see the smile is brighter and less yellow. The duration of the whitening does depend on what you eat.

After Whitening We recommend that you avoid the following for the next 24 hours:

  • Red Wine
  • Dark Colas
  • Coffee or Tea
  • Red Sauces
  • Mustard or Ketchup
  • Soy Sauce, A-1 Sauce
  • Smoking

Or anything that would stain a white shirt

White and clear foods you may consume for the next 24 hours:

  • Milk, Water, Clear Soda
  • Bananas, Apples (no Peel)
  • White bread, Flour Tortillas
  • Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat
  • Plain Yogurt, White Cheese, Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese
  • White Rice, Baked Potato
  • Plain Pasta and White Sauce
  • Turkey, Chicken Breast (no skin), White Fish

If you are concerned with the staining on your teeth a visit to the hygienist prior to whitening treatment can have these  potential results.


before whiteingsp


Why not start the New Year with a Whiter, Cleaner Smile with us at Ashford Dental Care.

Consultations start from £30.00

Scale and Polish from £50.00

Happy New Year!!

Look after your teeth if you want a date.

The dating site, , ran a survey recently to find out exactly what attracts men and women.

A survey, as reported by USA Today, asked 5,500 unattached adults 21 and over, what qualities of the opposite sex they judge most important.

The findings are below:tumblr_mdibx5NstZ1rkux0wo1_1280

Ten things on which men judge women most:

  1. Teeth – 58%
  2. Grammar – 55%
  3. Hair – 51%
  4. Clothes – 45%
  5. Having/not having a tattoo – 40%
  6. Nails/hands – 37%
  7. Accent – 19%
  8. Shoes – 18%
  9. The car they drive – 13%
  10. Electronic devices they carry – 9%

Then things on which women judge men most:

  1. Teeth – 71%
  2. Grammar – 69%
  3. Clothes – 58%
  4. Hair – 53%
  5. Nails/hands – 52%
  6. Having/not having a tattoo – 34%
  7. Shoes – 29%
  8. The car they drive – 24%
  9. Accent – 22%
  10. Electronics devices they carry – 10%

Another study, in which people were asked what they remember most about people they meet, supports the study. Over 85% of those surveyed stared that they remember people with a beautiful smile.

So it seems if you want to attract that special someone and be remembered, a trip to the dentist may be more important than a trip to the Apple Store,

Look after your teeth.