Insights to how Australians view their smile is painted by the findings in The Australian Camera-Ready Smile survey carried out by the Oral Health Advisory Panel (OHAP). As high as 58 percent of Australian adults are too self-conscious about displaying their teeth when they smile. This is in the light of 48 percent of respondents seeing a desirable smile as an all-important feature in what makes for an incredible smile.
Behind the happy and healthy smile is a consistent recommended oral hygiene practice. This is why the Australian Dental Association is at pains to point out the need for good oral health to protect one’s smile.
Should you consider a smile make over Bondi Junction? Many people would like to upgrade the look of their smile but are not sure if it is worth the investment. The benefits of a beautiful smile far outweigh the cost of a dental cosmetic treatment plan.
While patients mainly concern themselves with cosmetic issues, dental practitioners are very much aware of the wider dangers of all those aspects that detract from a pleasing smile. Gaps in teeth, crooked teeth, red and inflamed gums and discolored teeth are all problematic in more ways than just ruining the look of a smile. These dental conditions threaten the optimal health and function of the mouth, too.
The impact of unhappy smiles on health
Poor dental health can be an issue. The presence of a misaligned bite, damaged teeth, missing teeth, stained teeth, swollen gums heighten the probability that your dental health is at risk. Damaged teeth (chips and cracks) make teeth more vulnerable for bad bacteria to creep into the deeper layers, crooked teeth make teeth difficult to clean, missing teeth present eating and speaking problems, and swollen gums are a precursor to gum disease if not treated in good time.
There is a risk of aggravating medical conditions. Persons with a less-than ideal smile, especially those who have a worrying gum problem, are also at an increased risk of worsening their chronic medical illness. Gum disease have well established links to lung infections, strokes, coronary heart disease and diabetes Type II.
Often there is an adverse impact on psychosocial health too. The impact of a crooked or gap-toothed smile on mental health is not realized at first yet people can lose out on forming friendships, finding love or even just enjoying social activities because they are too reticent to engage with others. This loss in confidence may also have disastrous consequences to their professional goals. There are also links between smiling and positivity and happiness.
Healthy attractive looking teeth is no more a ‘nice-to-have’ but more of a necessity for not only dental health, but for the physical body and mind, too.
Once you have a smile you love, it is only natural to want to protect that look. Proper dental health includes a daily at-home hygiene regimen as well as check-up appointments at a dental clinic. When considering treatment plans, remember that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.
Before proceeding with a treatment plan, patients should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.