You should see a dentist if any of these following issues pertain to you: *Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold - sensitivity while seemingly common can be a sign of bigger problems *Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or FLOSS - healthy gums do not bleed *You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc. - any dental work needs to be checked regularly to make sure nothing is breaking down *You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look - we want you to be happy and confident with your smile *You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth - could be bacteria or infection *You are pregnant - oral health is imperative in having a healthy baby *You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck - swelling and pain are a sign of a problem and having dental exams is very important *You have difficulty chewing or swallowing - could be a serious issue with jaw or throat *You have a family history of gum diseaseor tooth decay -certain dental conditions can run in families *You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, auto immune diseases, eating disorders or are HIV positive - many systemic conditions are exaggerated by periodontal bacteria *Your mouth is often DRY - this is not only a nuisance but can cause decay and pain *You smoke or use other tobacco products - using these products increases risk of oral cancer *You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy - these treatments, while necessary, can have significant effects on teeth, jaw, and soft tissues *Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up - TMJ (jaw) issues can have lasting effects on the joint itself and can cause headaches among other things *You have an uneven bite - having an uneven bite can wear teeth unevenly or cause discomfort *You have a bro ken tooth - broken teeth can harbor bacteria and cause infections *You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away - any suspicious areas should be checked *You have teeth - all teeth need to be evaluated regularly to assess for issues *You don't have teeth - even people who do not have their own teeth need to have the soft tissues of their mouth checked for areas of concern
So if I was at all unclear...EVERYONE should see a dentist regularly
Smiling has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety even if its faked! The act of smiling releases endorphins, our bodies natural pain relievers. Serotonin and Dopamine are our own feel good neurotransmitters that are release when the brain recognizes that our "smile muscles" are activated. Smiling can create an endorphin rush in the brain equivalent to eating 2000 bars of chocolate....that may be true from a physiological stand point, but I for one am not giving up chocolate!
Facts to make you SMILE *Smiling is more contagious than the flu *Smiling is our first facial expression *Smiling makes you more attractive *It's easier to smile than frown *Smiling can reduce blood pressure and anxiety *Smiling makes you look younger *Even faking a smile can improve your mood