Why Is It So Important to Have a Healthy Smile?

a healthy smileHaving a healthy smile is a lot more important than you think. Here's why.

The Health Benefits
Naturally, only healthy people have a healthy smile, but did you know that studies have shown that poor oral health can actually lead to more serious issues? A study published in the British Medical Journal found that adults who don't brush as much have a 70% higher risk for heart disease than those who brush twice a day. Columbia University also found that those who suffered from periodontal disease also had a twice as high risk for Type 2 diabetes. Basically, if you want to extend your lifespan, you may want to invest in restorative dental care to get a healthy smile.

The Economic Benefits
There are also economic benefits of having a healthy smile. About three-quarters -- 74% -- of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chance for career success. Studies have also shown that children who drank fluoridated water -- water that's had fluoride added to prevent tooth decay -- as children earn 2% more than those who didn't. Basically, if you want to earn more, you might want to improve your smile.

The Social Benefits
The dental patients who have a healthy smile also enjoy some social benefits, too. In fact, 73% of people find those who have straight teeth to be more trustworthy, while 40% of people refuse to date someone who has crooked teeth. Most important of all, though, is the fact that about 92% of people believe that an attractive smile is socially critical .

There's a reason why Americans spend about $1.4 billion on teeth whitening products each year, making it the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the United States. Having a healthy smile is important, and those who do have a great smile are healthier, economically better, and more social.

If you have any questions about the benefits of having a healthy smile, feel free to share in the comments.

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