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all things pearly whites

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]We sat down with Maria Lucas, the lady behind my pearly whites, and chatted all things pearly whites, hygiene, oral and gut health (and so much more!) Having been in the industry for 14 years, Maria is no stranger to dentistry, oral and general health. It is evident just by sitting in the chair with Maria looking after you, just how nurturing yet energising she is. Being an active member of the Dental Hygiene Association and the Australian Society of Periodontology she strives to provide the best possible care and attention to her clients.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]KR: Maria, we love everything you represent. You truly radiate how leading a healthy lifestyle can benefit your oral and overall health. Not only do you have one of the best smiles out there, you are a beautiful person from the inside out. What are your top tips on keeping those pearly whites clean?

ML: Keeping your teeth clean all begins with the individual taking responsibility for their own mouth. I can’t stress that brushing your teeth twice a day (even better with a good quality electric brush) and flossing is essential. Yes, I said flossing and yes, I know people will always find an excuse but it is seriously one of the easiest things to do once you make it a habit. And of course, you should have a regular clean and check with your dentist and/or hygienist.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”35533″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]KR: Maria, we love everything you represent. You truly radiate how leading a healthy lifestyle can benefit your oral and overall health. Not only do you have one of the best smiles out there, you are a beautiful person from the inside out. What are your top tips on keeping those pearly whites clean?

ML: Keeping your teeth clean all begins with the individual taking responsibility for their own mouth. I can’t stress that brushing your teeth twice a day (even better with a good quality electric brush) and flossing is essential. Yes, I said flossing and yes, I know people will always find an excuse but it is seriously one of the easiest things to do once you make it a habit. And of course, you should have a regular clean and check with your dentist and/or hygienist.

KR: Maria, your teeth are so white, do you drink coffee or red wine?

ML: Of course I do! I’m only human right? I actually drink a little too much coffee and what might shock you even more is that my favourite is a macchiato or a long black. As for red wine, I may drink a few glasses per week. Did I mention I love green smoothies too? Now they can stain![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”35354″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_single_image image=”35358″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]KR: So how do you keep them so white?

ML: It’s all about maintenance. Just like fitness or a good skincare routine. I use custom made trays that I whiten my teeth rough 1-2 nights every 6-8 weeks or so. Or if I have something special coming up. The product I use is one that we distribute at the surgery, it’s a professional dentist only product. Obviously I am a little bias but, I want the best result.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”35356″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]KR: Tips for kids hygiene?

ML: Kids need to brush their teeth just as much as adults. I’m not as fussy with flossing on the littlies until they reach 11 or 12. However, I always encourage parents to help out, even take over for the last little bit. Kids will be kids, they miss stuff. We need to understand that and give them a helping hand.I also encourage all my patients to SPIT not RINSE after they have finished brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. The extra fluoride left in the mouth does wonders for any mouth and protection for the teeth.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”35355″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]KR: I’ve been reading that bad oral health in linked with other diseases in the body and pretty serious ones. Is this true?

MR: Absolutely! And probably one of my hottest topics that I could talk about for ages. What people need to understand is that the mouth and all the little blood vessels that are in there are connected to all our vital organs in our bodies. If we have decay or teeth that haven’t been professionally cleaned in a long time all that bacteria can spread to our vital organs. I could go on and on because I see serious problems every day that could have been avoided but I won’t scare you.

Moral of Story: Book your next check up and clean.

KR: Hmmm….Oil pulling? Do you have any experience with this?

ML: Oil pulling claims to whiten teeth but at this point there is no scientific evidence or studies that have concluded these results. I love coconut oil, I actually use it in so many of my meals and it’s great on hair and skin. But I won’t be using it as a substitute for my normal teeth whitening routine.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”35353″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]KR: Now, we have been seeing a lot of ‘at home’ whitening kits. While we know it is best to have this done by the professionals in particularly the zoom whitening, this can sometimes be quite expensive. What are some important things to look out for when deciding what kits are going to be the least harmful and most effective?

ML: That’s a really tricky question because there are so many products out their that just aren’t professional grade (even though they say they are!) One of the most important things is that the plastic tray inserted in the mouth is as custom to you as possible. Don’t let it sit over your gums because whitening material isn’t meant to be in contact with your gum and this is where we see a lot of disasters. Additionally, the whitening material should not be more than 16% peroxide if ordered online. Anymore, and you could be asking for trouble with a nasty burn.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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