With the holidays over and a fresh, New Year upon us, it is a great time to see what improvements we want to make in our lives. Often our New Year’s Resolutions revolve around diet and exercise, losing weight, and improving our overall health. Taking care of your teeth and making sure that you are getting proper dental care will help to ensure that you accomplish more of your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions, keeping you happier and healthier.
Good dental health improves quality of life
Although your mouth is only a small part of your body (although some have bigger mouths than others) the effect it can have on your quality of life is startling. It may not seem like it when everything is fine, but the moment that there is discomfort, you become painfully aware, so to speak. From pain when eating to continual nagging pains, problems with your teeth make the most basic tasks difficult. And when left for long periods of time, tooth damage can become permanent, costing much more to repair and taking much longer to treat.
The other aspect of your dental health is your appearance and self-esteem. Your smile says a lot about you, as well as your personality and confidence. A big, bold smile exudes confidence. When you try to hide your smile, or are less willing to show off your teeth, it can make you appear uncomfortable or closed off. Making sure that your smile looks and feels great will help you show your best self and boost your self esteem.