We all would love to have a beautiful smile with gleaming, straight, white teeth that are perfectly spaced and in ideal proportion to our facial features. But is there more to dental health than mere beauty? Of course there is!
A beautiful smile can change your life by breeding self-esteem and confidence. Take, as an example, two applicants interviewing for a job. The first enters the room, shakes your hand, and forces a closed-lips smile. When she speaks to you, she keeps her head down, barely opens her mouth, and at the worst moments even shields her mouth with her hand. The second applicant strides into your office with her head held high and a broad smile on her face. She looks you directly in the eye, enunciates her words clearly, and smiles often as she regales you with her glorious job performance history. Who do you suppose gets the job? We can only hope that this example is greatly exaggerated. But we’re sure you get the point. Self confidence is invaluable, even in the everyday events of our lives.
In addition to the emotional value of good dental health, the physical value is immeasurable as well. We all know that it is important to brush and floss our teeth daily, but there are more than just dental benefits. When excessive bacteria damage the teeth, gums, and jawbone, they also can allow disease-causing microbes to enter the bloodstream. In some studies, oral bacteria have been linked with heart disease; stroke; diabetes; and pre-term, low-birth weight babies.
The good news is that you can control these factors. Simply establish a routine that incorporates twice-daily tooth brushing and flossing, a good fluoride toothpaste, and proper technique. A few minutes a day can translate into a lifetime of good oral health!