A new school year – albeit a strange one – is pushing full speed ahead. With students and administration alike navigating daily changes, a new learning environment, and much more – stress is bound to happen. Though it may not seem like a priority, taking care of your mouth is essential to protecting your overall health and setting yourself up for success in the future. Dr. Samantha Hollinger of TRU Dentistry Austin is here to provide you with insights to help you protect your mouth at home and get the most out of a healthy smile!
It is well known that stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, but it also stresses out our dental health.
Heightened stress – like heading back to school in the “new normal” – weakens our immune system and can also disrupt our normal cleaning habits.
“This is not the time to relax your regular dental habits like brushing twice a day and flossing. Remember to drink plenty of water, too. The water will rinse your teeth between brushings and also helps keep you healthy,” says Dr. Hollinger.
Maintaining routines, especially daily ones, can actually help reduce stress levels. Accomplishing even small tasks – such as brushing and flossing twice a day – can give you a sense of achievement and normalcy when you’re feeling overwhelmed and nothing seems “normal.” Visit this blog for more information on how you can combat dental issues caused by stress.
Dental issues can destroy more than your smile.
Your health, your self-esteem, your job prospects, even your happiness can all be casualties of poor oral health.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. A healthy mouth can go beyond the typical dental care – bright, straighter teeth are actually better for you in more ways than one.
We tend to think of teeth straightening as a cosmetic concern, but straight teeth are easier to keep clean and the very act of straightening them can also strengthen and help you keep them longer.
According to a Kelton Research study, people with straight teeth are 21% more likely to be seen as happy, 47% more likely to be viewed as being healthy, and 38% more likely to be perceived as smart. In another study, 96% of people surveyed by the AACD thought that a white smile made people more attractive and successful at work. In that same survey, 74% of respondents believed that an unattractive smile can harm a person’s chance of career success.
A straighter, whiter smile not only increases confidence, but it can also change your outlook. You’ll make great first impressions, come across as friendlier, and be more likely to take care of your teeth since you’ll want the effects to last.
While there are many benefits of a brighter, straighter smile – if done wrong – your pearly whites and overall oral health can be at risk. If you’re considering a cosmetic treatment, achieve a smile you love from a Cosmetic Dentist you can trust!
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