Hi, Dr. Doering here,
Everyone likes to see a beautiful, healthy smile. It’s one of the key elements we notice about others when we first meet. It’s why magazine covers often showcase people with big, bright smiles. It’s also one of the ways we non-verbally communicate with others — it represents an amiable mood, and a great smile is infectious, causing others to smile back.
To have and maintain a pearly white disposition, you’ve got to take care of your teeth, which is more than just brushing after meals. The key is really about complete oral hygiene and that means a daily regimen is necessary.
The Benefits of a Beautiful Smile Go Way beyond Your Mouth
Okay, so we all know it’s ideal to brush our teeth after a meal, but… Did you know that if you can’t brush, you can chew sugarfree gum? When you chew, saliva is activated and that helps to wash away harmful things such as acids. It’s just another way of helping to protect your teeth to keep them looking their best. When it comes time to brush, you should brush gently for two minutes, and don’t skip your gums and tongue.
“Want to succeed in business, fill up your social calendar, and get more romance into your life? One secret may be in your smile. Your smile — simple, straightforward, and most important, sincere — can attract more than admiring looks. A smiling face tells people that you’re an outgoing and intelligent person worth getting to know. ‘When someone has a big smile, it shows they’re willing to open up and expose a part of themselves,’ says Pamela McClain, DDS, a past president of the American Academy of Periodontology.” –WebMD.com (http://www.webmd.com/beauty/lips-smile/smile-personality)
That’s right, you should not only brush your teeth, but also, your gums and tongue. Every part of your mouth needs to be cleansed of plaque, acid, and other harmful substances. When you do brush your gums, do so gently, and, when you brush your tongue, brush from back to front. All of this helps to lessen the impact of what you consume. This, along with regular dental cleanings, are important to maintaining a healthy smile. There are still more reasons a beautiful smile goes beyond your mouth:
- Your teeth will be free of harmful elements. Bacteria and plaque can all be problematic and you can combat these by brushing at least twice daily. It also helps to fight bad breath, something that embarrasses everyone.
- You’ll feel more happy. The psychological effect of having a nice smile can’t be underestimated. It gives you more self confidence and that positive sense can have a real impact in many areas of your daily life.
- You’ll minimize future dental care expenses. When you take the time to take care of your teeth, you are investing in yourself. After all, it is much more expensive to undo damage than to prevent it from happening.
- Your overall health improves. When one part of your body is under attack from infection, the rest of your body can be impacted. If bacteria builds-up on your teeth, your gums can become infected, which creates more problems.
- You’ll be able to take advantage of your dental benefits. If you have dental insurance, you’ll find it a lot more convenient and less expensive to maintain your healthy smile with regular cleanings than to have expensive, corrective procedures.
The bottom line is that a beautiful smile is more than just an impressive aesthetic, it helps you in your life in many ways! At Doering Family Dental, we love seeing the difference that a beautiful smile can make in a patient’s life.
Until next time, keep flossing!