Perfectly straight, gleaming white teeth look great, which is why most celebrities spend a fortune on expensive dental treatments once they hit the big time. The trouble is, most of us are not blessed with a celebrity A-list smile. We are far more likely to have off-white, stained teeth that are slightly crooked. So how can a dodgy smile ruin your life?
Can’t Smile, Won’t Smile
Smiling is something we do when we are happy. We automatically smile when we see something or someone we like, or hear something amusing. But if you are ashamed of your smile, you won’t want to smile and after a while other people will begin to think you are not a happy person. Having bad teeth can really wreck a person’s self esteem. They cover their mouth when they talk and don’t ever smile, and in extreme cases, people with really bad teeth can even develop social anxiety problems.
Most of us are a superficial bunch when it comes to dating. We judge people on their appearances first, so even if a potential date has a great personality, if they don’t make the grade in their picture they are history. Bad teeth are just one aspect of a person’s looks, but since your teeth are often the first thing people notice when they meet you (unless you have an enormous chest), they may be putting potential suitors off.
Bad breath is often a side effect of having bad teeth. A build up of plaque around the teeth causes inflammation and bacteria to grow. In time this leads to bad breath, gingivitis and gum disease. If left untreated, the teeth will rot and eventually fall out and bad breath will be the least of your worries. Unfortunately, people with crooked teeth are a lot more likely to suffer from gum disease and associated problems, which is why it is a good idea to have crooked teeth straightened.
There is no definitive link between bad teeth and heart disease, but statistics show that people with bad teeth are more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease. It could simply be that people with great teeth are more inclined to live a healthier lifestyle, but who knows? Do you really want to take that risk?
Why Having Bad Teeth Might Kill You
Bad teeth can quite literally kill you. Sounds dramatic, but it really is true. It is only a short journey from the mouth to the brain and bacteria from severe oral infections can soon travel into the brain, which is potentially fatal.
Thankfully, due to enormous improvements in dentistry, nobody has to suffer the pain of bad teeth, so if you are afflicted with a less than perfect smile, it is possible to have it fixed. Orthodontic treatment can straighten even the wonkiest of teeth. You can even have clear braces fitted these days if you are self conscious about having orthodontic work carried out. And if you do suffer from bad oral hygiene, try and make more of an effort because bad breath is the first sign of gum disease and tooth decay.
The author of this post is Nancy Baker, a freelance blogger currently writing for Advanced Dental Artistry, specialists in invisible braces in Perth. She loves reading and playing golf with her buddies.