Good oral health and a great smile are things that many women work for and invest in. And it’s easy to see why. A beautiful smile can brighten someone’s day, attract others, and even help us to land a job. Being confident in your smile helps you to be yourself and express joy without hesitation. On the flip side, not loving your smile and teeth can hinder self-expression and cause negative emotions. Let’s take a closer look at several reasons to take care of your oral health.
4 Good Reasons to Take Care of Your Oral Health
It Improves Your Health
Consistently taking care of your smile (teeth, gums, lips) helps you avoid a range of oral problems. Gum disease, cavities, and bad breath are all oral issues that can arise from not caring for your mouth. What most women don’t understand is that your oral health is intimately connected to your overall physical health. In fact, the health benefits of paying attention to your mouth are so much more than just having white teeth and fresh breath.
Dr. Gerry Curatola, a well-renowned biologic dentist said in his book, The Mouth-Body Connection, “Everything that happens in the body is interconnected…the mouth is both a gateway to the body and a mirror.” I highly recommend exploring this theory enough to take steps to improve your oral health as much as you can. Together, with your dentist, you could discover problems early and avoid costly and dangerous disease down the road.
When I know that my smile is clean, bright, and cared for, I feel good about myself. I smile more and am more open for social interactions. And, yes, there are some things I don’t like about my teeth, but I accept that those flaws are a part of me and even give my look character.
If there are things you don’t like about your teeth, try to do the best you can with what you have. In other words, don’t stop caring for your oral health just because your teeth aren’t perfect. That said, if you believe that changing those imperfections would help you to feel better about yourself, go for it. In the meantime, keep doing the basics and talk to your dentist about how you could improve your smile.
Helps Your Teeth Last Longer
Taking better care of your oral health not only benefits you now but also your future. Teeth and gums go through some rough stuff over a lifetime. We eat and drink things that wear down our teeth, stain them, chip them, batter our gums, cheeks, and lips. The least we can do after abusing our mouths is to shell out some loving care. If we do this, our teeth will stay viable for much longer. Our gums will stay healthy and offer a strong foundation for those pearly whites long into our golden years.
Saves Money in the Long Run
I’m sure that you understand just how much dental care and repairs can cost. If you were not the one in the chair, it might have been one of your kids or spouse. Either way, it’s a big ouchie to the budget! This is truly one of those situations that warrants to say that prevention is WAY better (and cheaper) than fixing it later. Understanding the benefits of flossing, brushing twice a day, and visiting your dentist regularly are all things that will keep your oral health in a positive place for years to come.