Some cynics say Valentine’s Day was invented by Hallmark, while others say it was by chocolate companies. Either way, the fact remains that a lot of cards and candy tend to get exchanged this month, but are your teeth paying the price?
As sweet as these treats are, they often come with a hefty price you don’t end up paying until later on. Too much sugar can wear down your enamel and leave opportunities for bacteria to build up and rot your teeth. If you don’t already love your teeth, we have some reasons you might want to reconsider.
- A Bright Smile Attracts Great Things
Nothing draws people in like a great smile. Healthy, white teeth are a sign of overall health and happiness, and when your teeth look great, you’ll want to show them off. When your teeth aren’t at their best, it can be tempting to hide them, making you appear haughty and stand-offish. By contrast, a healthy smile projects confidence, success, youth, and happiness. Smiling more often can also make you feel better and happier by lowering your blood pressure and promoting your body’s production of endorphins (the “happy” hormone).
- Health Starts in the Mouth
When your mouth feels great, the rest of your body tends to feel great. When your mouth has been neglected, the rest of your body tends to show the effects, including your mood and behavior. The mouth provides many opportunities for viruses and bacteria to enter the body, but strong oral health can cut them off before they get anywhere. Avoiding sugar and brushing regularly can help your mouth maintain healthy bacteria, while discouraging harmful bacteria from setting up shop in there.
- It’s Easier to Maintain Health Than Regain It
The enamel on your teeth does not grow back after it’s been damaged, which is why it’s so important to maintain a healthy mouth. Enamel is the first line of defense against tooth-destroying bacteria, and without it, your teeth are left vulnerable to the harmful effects of sugar and bad bacteria. This is why we encourage all our patients to develop healthy habits when it comes to taking care of their mouth so they don’t even have to think about things like brushing, flossing, and avoiding sugar.
- Taking Care of Yourself Feels Good
It sounds hokey, but it’s true. When we take good care of ourselves by eating right and avoiding harmful foods and beverages, we tend to feel better about ourselves in addition to feeling better physically. That creates good energy that helps attract good things – and it gives us the energy we need to get through the day and be more productive, which also helps to invite good things into our life.
At Simply Smiles Dentistry, we take pride in helping our patients feel good about their smile. If you’ve been putting off coming in for a consultation, there’s no time like the present to check in on your teeth and see how we can help you maintain that great smile.
If you want to keep your teeth healthy and strong, you must take care of them. At Simply Smiles Dentistry, we can show you how to properly care for your teeth. You will have a great smile that lasts a lifetime.
Until next time…Keep on Smiling!