One of the most common reasons people put off even basic dental cleanings is simply that they cost a lot of money. But here are three reasons that make your mouth worth the investment.
1. First impressions: Your smile is the first thing people see and will define people’s first impressions of you. Discolored or missing teeth affect how your smile looks (what dentists refer to as “esthetics”) and unfortunately human nature will make a judgment on what kind of person you are if your mouth doesn’t look well-cared-for. Not only that, but poor oral hygiene can result in build up of plaque and tartar leaving existing teeth unsightly and development of bad breath from the result of bacteria growing in the plaque and tartar, which will also affect those around you. If you are a mother with young children and are in the habit of sharing utensils, there is also the chance that bad-breath and cavity-inducing bacteria can be passed on to your children – even through the touching of the spoon to your lip to test the temperature.
2. Self-esteem: It’s unfortunate but true that impressions are usually made on appearances first, and whether they realize it or not, people with poorly maintained teeth or smiles are not as confident in themselves and in presenting themselves in public as those with a full smile or well-maintained dentition. They do not view themselves as pretty or presentable and will focus more on covering up their smile than on discovering and making new friends or new job opportunities.
3. Effect on other health systems: Several studies have shown that periodontal disease and other dental issues can affect other bodily systems. Studies have shown that, regardless of weight, those with periodontal disease have a higher level of insulin resistance than those with more minor or no periodontal disease. Additional studies have shown that “subjects with gum detachment that exceeded 2 mm had a 40 percent greater risk of developing lung disease than those with attachment loss of less than 2 mm” (www.sciencedaily.com). Missing teeth, particularly molars, can affect chewing and improperly or inadequately chewed food can make the stomach and digestive system work harder as it tries to process what we eat.
Your smile and overall oral health can affect how you view yourself, how others view you, and how your body deals with health issues. Taking care of your mouth with a proper oral hygiene routine including routine dental cleanings, and investing in restoration procedures such as fillings, dental implants, crowns and bridges can make the world of difference in a person’s life and improve a person’s quality of living.
Everyone knows that if you catch something early it is easier to treat. That is also true for teeth. Paying a smaller expense now is better than paying a bigger expense later to treat the resultant problem of neglect and procrastination.
A healthy smile really affects a lot of other things…it’s worth taking care of it.