Having a healthy smile is a lot more important than you think. Here's why.
The Health Benefits
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 found that those who suffered from periodontal disease had twice as high a risk for Type 2 diabetes. Basically, if you want to extend your lifespan, you may want to invest in restorative dental care.
The Economic Benefits
Additionally, a healthy smile can yield economic benefits. About three-quarters – 74% – of adults believe that an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chance for career success. Studies have also shown that people 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
Dental patients who have a healthy smile enjoy social benefits, too. In fact, 73% of people find those who have straight teeth to be more trustworthy, while 40% refuse to date someone who has crooked teeth. Most importantly, though, is data that reveal about 92% of people believe an attractive smile is critical for social success.
There's a reason Americans spend $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 are healthier, better off economically, and more social.