Spreading Smiles – Operation Smile Australia

Spreading Smiles – Operation Smile Australia

Spreading Smiles – Operation Smile Australia

Spreading Smiles – Operation Smile Australia

Did you know, every three minutes a child is born somewhere in the world, with a cleft lip or palate? Did you know, that one in ten of these children die before their first birthday?

Operation Smile Australia is a not for profit organisation providing reconstructive surgery to children and young adults born in developing companies with facial deformities. Founded in 1999 by Dr Richard Lewandowski, a plastic surgeon and his wife Sue, a physiotherapist, Operation Smile Australia is part of a global program that has provided life changing treatment for over 115,000 children and young adults.

Fast facts

  • Approximately 1 in 500 children in developing countries are born with a facial deformity. Approximately 1 in 700 children in developed countries are born with a facial deformity.
  • Children with facial deformities who do not receive reconstructive surgery often have difficulty breathing, drinking, eating and speaking. As a result, many suffer from malnutrition, medical and psychological problems.
  • In as little as 45 minutes, one cleft lip surgery can change a child’s life forever.
  • A cleft lip operation costs as little as $300.

A wonderful Australian based charity doing their bit to help thousands smile around the world. Check out their website to learn more and find out how you can help to spread smiles.

Operation Smile Australia

Choose your own beautiful

Choose your own beautiful

Choose your own beautiful

It is undeniable that the topics of beauty and body image are thrust into our lives daily, whether we realise it all the time or not. It may be the fashion magazines as we walk by our local newsagent, bill boards emblazoned with beautiful people seen on our drive to work or our friend touting the latest weight loss program offering a ‘quick fix’. More often than not, we grow accustomed to this barrage of daily reminders about what society and our peers view as universally beautiful – what the ideal size of our body parts should be, how long our hair should be this season, which clothing label will make us look more successful.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for personal betterment, emotionally, mentally and also physically. I just believe in creating my own ideals of beauty, taking bits and pieces from that daily barrage and fine tuning it to suit my life, my lifestyle and my own personal beliefs on beauty. Our body image is our attitude – how we see ourselves, how we think and feel about the way we look and how we think others perceive us. And there’s a lot to navigate around to develop this healthy image and in turn consider ourselves beautiful.

So back to that fashion magazine in the newsagent – I love flicking through it! For me I love being inspired by new trends and checking out the creativity behind the fashion industry. I just ignore the articles titled ‘how to achieve the ideal summer body’ and ignore the excessive photoshopping and take the parts that appeal and apply to me.

Same goes for that billboard with the gorgeous model selling makeup. To me, the best part of her makeup is the smile she’s wearing. To me, that’s something important I connect with about my image. I’m not interested in the latest eye shadow colour or how to accentuate my cheekbones but I do value a great smile and straight teeth.

As for those quick fix diet pills that friend is touting, I much prefer clean eating, regular exercise and limiting my stress levels for maintaining the health of my body. But each to their own! To me, it comes down to working out what is important to my own well-being as a whole – emotionally, mentally and physically. It is essential to filter these inevitable outside influences and develop my own ideals to suit me individually. This in turn creates the best possible version of myself, against my own scale and my unique ideals, and therefore creating someone inherently beautiful.

Easter is nearly here!

Easter is nearly here!

Easter is nearly here!

Easter is very nearly here (so quick!) and you’re probably looking forward to all sorts of easter treats. And while Easter can be a time for indulgence, it’s sometimes all too easy for our oral hygiene to take a back seat to, travelling, camping, hot cross buns and chocolate eggs!

So with Easter only a month away here are some easy tips.

1. With it being over a long weekend, your brushing technique may start to suffer over the period. But while that pillow is oh so tempting, make sure you’re brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day – even when camping or staying at home!

2. And don’t forget to floss! It’s just as important as brushing and will ensure there are no morsels of food left between your teeth, ready to cause Easter decay!

3. Easter maybe also  a good chance to treat yourself to a new toothbrush if yours is more than a few months old. While not exciting as a chocolate egg at least you can sleep well knowing that you’re not transferring bacteria between your toothbrush and mouth.

4. Sugary treats are even harder to resist at Easter, but try to limit the number of times you enjoy sweet foods throughout the day (ideally to mealtimes). Your teeth will definitely thank you for it.

5. And why not avoid the sweet stuff by enjoying less damaging snacks such as cheese and nuts.

Most importantly though, enjoy the Easter break!

How do you feel when you smile?

“Being a guy I’m embarrassed to see someone and not sure what to ask. My teeth have always bothered me, but I know if I can have a great smile it will change so many things for me.”
Paul, 25, QLD

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