Oral health covers both function and aesthetics of the mouth. The interesting part is that the benefits of a great oral health extend to the rest of the body and the quality of life as a whole. Your teeth affect your appearance, your self-perception and your perception of others’ perception of you.
Given its holistic impact, investment in your oral health is an investment in your quality of life. So the question is not ‘why invest?’ – But rather, ‘why not’?
Here are two of the most powerful reasons to get started on your road to dental wellness.
Infections have a body-wide effect
Hundreds of species of bacteria live in the human mouth, some potentially causing diseases of the gums and bones supporting the teeth.
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, which, when left untreated, may advance into periodontitis.
As the disease progresses, infected gums start pulling away from the teeth, pockets or abscess will begin to form. This allows the infection to eat away at the bone and cause the tooth to loosen in its socket.
Though this sounds like a dental problem, studies show gum infection can prompt a body-wide, systematic invasion increasing a patient’s susceptibility to serious conditions. These include diabetes, heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and even premature births for women.
Brits rank smile as the best feature
Many people feel conscious about their smile due to a general negative perception of its appearance. Some refuse to flash one because of specific reasons, such as a lone crooked tooth or yellowing front teeth.
In a British Health Foundation study, 58% of the respondents admit to being unhappy with their smiles, with ‘discoloured’ teeth as the biggest reason and ‘crooked’ teeth coming in second.
The study says a smile is the first thing Brits notice when meeting a new person, with teeth rated as the most important body feature, overtaking face, hair body type and height.
The truth is undeniable: when it comes to making a good first impression, nothing beats a brilliant, glowing smile.
Maintaining the health of your teeth and taking actions to improve them will bear a number of physical, mental and social benefits, including better interpersonal and career opportunities. Investing in your oral health is investing in yourself.