Orange City and Deltona, FL
If you are self-conscious or embarrassed about your smile, you probably think about it often. The appearance of your teeth may be a source of significant stress and anxiety. You may think of ways to hide your smile or shy away from smiling entirely. The truth is, people who are happy with their smile have more confidence and tend to have a higher quality of life. Read on as we explain this phenomenon, and how Terry Soule, DDS, can help give you the fabulous smile you always wanted.
Want to be happier? See your dentist more often
The American Dental Association advises that everyone sees their dentist once each six months for a check-up, which should include a thorough dental cleaning and an examination of their teeth and mouth. You probably know that already, but did you know that recent research indicates that people who avoid regular dental care also tend to be unhappier? A 2017 study in the British Dental Journal found that individuals who have a dental phobia—a fear of going to the dentist—had a lower quality of life than those who did not suffer from this phobia. People with these fears often refrain from going to the dentist, creating a vicious cycle; they avoid the dentist due to their phobia, but due to this neglect they actually have a heightened need of professional oral care. Individuals who skip regular dental appointments, for whatever reason, also are at a higher risk of several significant oral health threats including gum disease and losing permanent teeth.
Smiling more often can elevate your mood and even your physical health
Study after study has indicated the same thing: smiling is good for you. Each time you smile, your brain releases more than 100 neuropeptides—proteins that help regulate most processes of the cells, affecting bodily functions such as the ability to feel pain, your metabolism, memory, mood, ability to sleep, and stress level. Smiling even can improve your immune system. It’s no reason, then, that people who smile more frequently are happier and have more confidence. Even with the backing of science, it can be hard to smile if you are embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth. Oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease, while quite common in our society, can devastate your smile.
Feeling good about your smile can make a big difference
Having a flawed smile can affect your self-confidence, your social life, and even your professional life. If you have a great-looking smile, you will show it more often. You’ll appear to be more attractive, trustworthy, and approachable.
Cosmetic dentistry in Orange City
If you’re not happy with some aspect of your smile, Terry Soule, DDS, can help through cosmetic dentistry. A specialization of dental science, cosmetic dentistry focuses on correcting aesthetic issues with your teeth and mouth. Your cosmetic dentist in Orange City accomplishes this goal by using the finest materials and the latest techniques, combined with state-of-the-art technology. Learn more about our various cosmetic procedures by scheduling a consultation. Just call (386) 775-1552.
Terry Soule, DDS, proudly serves patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City, FL.