Smiles Form Our First Impressions
Your smile has a power to it. Never underestimate the power of a smile. It isn’t just the first thing people notice about you. It’s the first *impression* they have of you. And as we all know, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, first positive impressions all come down to the power of an attractive smile. So, whether you’re trying to land a client, or trying to make friends with your neighbors, having a great smile can help to get things off to a great start.
SMILES REVEAL OUR HEALTH
When people have a nice and bright smile, it also can help to reveal something about their health.
According to Colgate.com: “Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums is a worthy goal in and of itself. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease—and can help you keep your teeth as you get older.”
The important thing to know, is that a healthy mouth can help keep your entire body healthy. But if you don’t brush and floss regularly, you can develop gum disease. This is partly caused by excessive bacteria in your mouth.
And as that bacterial growth increases, it can increase your risk of developing (or exacerbating) a wide range of health related problems from stroke and heart attack, to diabetes and even preterm labor.
In addition, gum disease and cavities can contribute to tooth loss. And if you’re missing teeth, you aren’t chewing properly, and you’re probably avoiding nutrient-rich — but hard to chew — foods like vegetables. And this can help contribute to any of the health problems I listed above. It’s a cycle that can easily spiral out of control.
LET YOUR SMILE ENCHANT PEOPLE
Good oral hygiene can help many facets of your life. From the friendships you develop, to your overall health, the case for good oral hygiene keeps getting stronger. Once you understand the importance of oral health — and its connection to your overall health – you’ve taken a major step toward a healthier lifestyle.
I think Guy Kawasaki, who did marketing for Apple, said it best:
“If you want to make a good first impression, smile at people. What does it cost to smile? Nothing. What does it cost not to smile? Everything, if not smiling prevents you from enchanting people.”
So, be sure to keep brushing and flossing, so you can enchant people with your powerful smile while making your first impression.
Dr. Taj Haynes received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Haynes’ professional training paired with his passion for helping others enables him to deliver the best health and dental care services in the Charlotte area.
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