Don’t underestimate the benefit of a smile. Smiles can improve your health in many ways. Smiling lowers stress, improves mood and encourages positive thinking. Smiles increase opportunities for more social connections which improves emotional health.
When one smiles, there is often a slight increase in oxygen and heart rate, followed by muscles relaxing and a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate. Some studies show that regular smiles result in better immunity. The act of smiling releases “feel good” endorphins which can provide relief from pain.
When it comes to oral health, an easy way to improve your smile starts with a visit to your dentist for regular cleanings. If you are missing teeth, dental implants are a way to get your smile back. According to the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), roughly 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. In addition, approximately 40 million Americans are missing all their teeth.
Dental implants can replace missing teeth, restore damaged teeth, or fill empty spaces. Dental implants restore natural stability and function of your teeth so you can eat all the foods you love. Implants prevent bone loss and loss of bone density when you experience natural tooth loss. This can result in a change in your face shape. Dental implants help your overall appearance by keeping your face filled out, looking smoother and younger.
When you lose a tooth, the gap in your smile forms a pocket that tends to catch food debris. It’s difficult to clean and vulnerable to gum disease, but over time, you’ll notice the pocket shrink as your remaining teeth begin shifting into that gap. Replacing a tooth with a dental implant keeps your remaining teeth from shifting in your mouth and eliminates any pockets that could capture food debris, making it much easier to floss and brush your teeth.
Regain your confidence and joy with dental implants. Your smile can make the world a brighter, more cheerful place for you and everyone around you.
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