Why Did People Not Smile in Old Pictures?

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Old photographs are packed with memories, but they’re also lacking quite a few elements that are common in pictures today. Color, for one. But perhaps the most noticeable difference between old time pictures and modern snapshots is the lack of smiles. At our Austin dental offices, we want all of our patients to smile big and wide in photos, and we were curious to why this wasn’t always the norm.

Technological Limitations

Back when the very first photo was taken in 1826, it took over eight hours to expose. That’s about an entire work day to take a picture — which also meant the subject could not move or the photo would be ruined. Luckily, this first picture wasn’t of a person. Thirteen years later, the exposure time was shortened to just fifteen minutes. While a huge time saver, fifteen minutes was still a long time for someone to sit as still as a statue, let alone hold a smile. Try it yourself. Set a timer, put a smile on, and don’t move until the timer buzzes. Impossible, right?

Bad Oral Health

Let’s say our ancestors had the technology available to take quick, instantaneous pictures. Would that have changed things? Would great-great-great-grandmother Ethel be grinning wide in those old photos? Probably not. Unfortunately, dental care wasn’t very advanced, and oral hygiene suffered. Even it was possible to get a picture quickly, many people would have been too embarrassed by their teeth to actually show them off.

From Stoic to Smiling

As time went on, things changed. Technology got better, and photos can now be taken in an instant. Advancements in dentistry makes it easier to get a smile you’re proud to show off. Now, people aren’t as afraid to show off their many expressions in photographs, including big, wide smiles.

However, there are still some who may be shying away from showing their pearly whites in pictures because they’re embarrassed by their smiles. Perhaps teeth may be a bit crooked. Maybe they have unsightly stains. Possibly silver fillings are making the smile appear dark and dingy.

If this sounds like you, there are ways we can help. Cosmetic dentistry, along with high-tech equipment, makes getting the smile you’ve always wanted easier than ever before. If you want to stop hiding your smile in pictures, give our Austin dental offices a call today to set up a consultation. We’ll discuss your smile goals and the best solutions to get you the smile of your dreams.

Accepting patients from Austin, Westlake, Cedar Park.

Not Your Ordinary Sand Castle…IT’S SANDFEST!

sand pic What started out in 1997 with 2 moms sitting in folding chairs, building sand castles with their kids on the Texas beach of Port Aransas– has turned in to a huge attraction sight!

Texas SandFest is now a 3 day festival with  sculpture artists from all over the United States participating.  This event is held usually in April, during a shoulder tourist season (when very few tourists are in town) and when low tides are predicted.  The coastline is marked off with areas for these artists to create their own “sand sculpture” and reveal their talents for all to see.  These masterpieces are constructed right before your eyes and is a sight to see!  Contests are held and voted on by the public, they even have areas for children to build and participate, some even take classes.

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SandFest has been known to raise over $80,000. annually and donates it to various non-profit organizations in the Port Aransas community, therefore, their way of giving back! Several of our team members have visited the event and have made it an annual trip!  If your looking for a fun, family roadtrip….check out Port A!  It’s right in your own backyard.

Asthma & Your Oral Health

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Asthma affects nearly 24 million Americans and is a serious medical condition that, if not treated proactively, can lead to trouble breathing, wheezing, and sometimes, even death. But at our Austin dental office, we also know it may have a negative effect on oral health.

What the Research Says

There’s been a long-standing belief that those with asthma have an increased risk for oral health problems, including cavities. Since many asthma sufferers tend to also be mouth breathers, the chance for dry mouth is greater. And dry mouth is a concern for your Austin dentist. When saliva production decreases, its ability to properly rinse away germs and bacteria diminishes, and the likelihood of developing cavities goes up. Even if mouth breathing isn’t a factor, common asthma medications can also dry out the mouth and decrease saliva flow.

Cavities aren’t the only thing that has been linked with asthma. Asthma sufferers also have a higher chance of developing gum disease. According to a study conducted by the Journal of Periodontology, those surveyed who had gum disease were five times more likely to also have asthma. This is especially concerning because of the seriousness of gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to whole-body health issues such as heart disease, more respiratory problems in addition to asthma, and some cancers including kidney, pancreatic, and blood.

What Can You Do?

Whether the connection between asthma and cavities is true or not, there are some simple things you can do to ward off any negative side effects of asthma or asthma treatments.

  • Drink Water. A lot of water. Water helps stimulate saliva flow and keeps the mouth hydrated. The more moist the mouth, the more effective it is at keeping damaging decay-causing bacteria away.
  • Rinse with Water. After using an asthma treatment like an inhaler, rinse with water. Any drying ingredients in the medication won’t have the chance to linger in the mouth.
  • Tell Your Dentist. Your dentist should know if you have asthma, as well as any medication used to control it. You should also let your dental team know if you have any type of anxiety during your visits. They can help keep you comfortable, calm, and avoid a possible asthma attack.

As always, the best way to prevent cavities is to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist regularly. We’re always accepting new patients at our Austin dental office, so if it’s time for your checkup, give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Accepting patients from Austin, Westlake, Cedar Park.

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