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MILLION- DOLLAR SMILE
There are several negative consequences of missing some or all of your
teeth. The most obvious effect is a change in the esthetics of your face.
Not only will your smile be influenced by the gaps from missing teeth, but
if you’re missing too many teeth, the skin around your mouth will not be
supported properly and will start to sag, making you appear older than
you are. It can also make it more difficult to chew your food properly and
may even affect the way you speak. A very important clinical effect of
missing teeth is bone loss. Your bone needs stimulation to maintain its
form and density. When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation causes a
substantial decrease in bone width, height and ultimately volume. There’s
a 25% decrease in the width of bone during the first year after tooth
loss and this continues over the next few years. Finally, missing even one
tooth may have emotional consequences; many people feel less confident
about their smile when they are missing teeth. If you’re currently missing
any of your teeth, consider replacing them with dental implants, which
can look and feel just like natural teeth.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
› Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi is a
Board Certified Periodontist at
Brickell Periodontics, specializing
in dental implants and treatment
of periodontal diseases. She’s
a visiting Assistant Professor at
NSU and UF and a National and
International speaker in her field;
Fitness regimens, vitamin supplements, doctors visits,
dental care and prescription and topical treatments are just
some of the ways we boost our health. Add smiling to the
list — it’s fast, free and extremely effective.
TEX T BY STACY W YNN
Smiling has been shown to lower
the heart rate, which temporarily
reduces blood pressure and can,
in fact, relax the entire body.
People who smile and laugh more
may be less likely to develop heart disease.
Go ahead, make smiling a habit.
Putting a smile on your face, even
a false one, leads to an increase
in endorphins that can completely
alter your mood.
Want your clients and co-worker
to trust you more? Give them a
genuine smile. This is not only
good for business, it’s good for
personal relationships as well. The
world is built on good social health.