One of the secrets to staying young is taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums. In fact, a healthy smile can have a lot of positive effects in your life, in general. See, when someone smiles, they often project warmth, friendliness, confidence, and success.
They can also improve your mood, relieve you from stress and/or pain, create better relationships, give you a stronger immune function, and result in longer life. This is because the neurotransmitters — dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released when a smile flashes across your face. This not only relaxes your body, but it also lowers your heart rate and blood pressure.
Now, how can a healthy smile help you look younger? Well, when your teeth are healthy, you are generally more comfortable and confident with your smile. In turn, the happier you are with your smile, the more likely you are to show it. And when you’re smiling, people perceive you as more youthful and energetic.
A healthy smile can be seen when your gums are firm, pointed, and pinkish, and your teeth are bright, aligned and in midline. When your lips form a broad smile, an imaginary line can be drawn through the corners of the mouth from one side to the other. The amount of upper front (maxillary anterior) tooth revealed below this line helps create a vibrant, youthful image.
Tooth loss can easily affect the aging process. Whether a tooth is lost due to infection or injury, the bone in that area is no longer stimulated without natural chewing forces and begins to shrink almost immediately. Bone deterioration does not stop at the area underneath the missing tooth, either. It can progress to the bone under healthy teeth, creating further tooth loss. This is exactly how the loss of one or two teeth can negatively impact your appearance and accelerate the aging process.
Since significant bone loss occurs within the first year, tooth replacement should never be postponed. Since the facial changes occur gradually, you may not notice them right away, but the skin around your jaw and chin will likely start to sag and your cheeks may become sunken. Tooth loss can age you 10 years or more!
This is why you need to visit your dentist every four months: to prevent tooth loss. Because each time you lose a tooth, the sagging of the face soft tissue starts. There are many reasons why you might lose teeth, such as dental caries, gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis), and periodontal disease, which is a chronic bacterial infection affecting the gums and bones supporting the teeth.
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