We often take things for granted and our oral health is no exception. When people start cutting expenses, regular dental checkups are one of the first things to go. But not anymore! Valentine’s Day is a day to make time for those that are special to us. It’s time we realize what our teeth really do for us and give them the love and attention they deserve.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Our mouths can be a good indicator of our overall well-being and help tip off health care providers that something is wrong elsewhere. Dark spots, decayed teeth, and swollen gums can lead not only to oral struggles but major health problems as well. For example, there is an undeniable link between gum disease, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
We all know it by now, but it’s worth repeating: when we take care of our mouths, we take care of our bodies. Seeing your dentist twice a year can help you catch oral health and overall health problems early, when they are most treatable.
It’s no secret, being self-conscious about your mouth impacts the way you project yourself in the world. Your smile is one of the first things other people notice about you. Not only does it add value to your appearance, but it also sends a message about YOU. It conveys that you care about yourself, your health and your appearance. Your healthy smile projects self-confidence, which draws people to you.
Smiles are contagious. And the truth is, we also use them to judge one another. In 2009, Crest White strips commissioned a study that looked at the direct effect a white smile has on successful social and professional relationships. “The Impact of Whiter Teeth on Key First Impressions” used simulated job interviews and first dates followed by a quantitative online survey. The results showed that after whitening their teeth:
- 58 percent of the study participants were more likely to be hired
- 53 percent received larger salary offers
- 54 percent received greater interest in continued interaction following a first date
- 65 percent were seen as more professional and 61 percent as more confident
- 59 percent were seen as more outgoing
Love your mouth this Valentine’s Day. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited our office, make an appointment and we’ll treat your teeth to a day at the spa. Your teeth will love you for it! Call us now at (512) 605-0860.