Smile! It Can Make You Healthier

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There are so many reasons to smile — a funny joke, a cute kitten, a new baby, and many, many others. But at our Austin dental office, we want to give you a few more reasons to smile big and wide.

Health Benefits of Smiling

There’s a little bit more involved with smiling than just the simple motion we’re used to. When we smile, our brains produce and release more of the “happy” hormones known as endorphins. Serotonin levels also rise, making us feel relaxed. Smiling can even help keep us healthy since it increases antibodies and white blood cells, both of which help boost the immune system and fight off germs.

Pass it On

You can actually share all those health benefits of smiling by sharing a grin with those around you. Smiles have an unexplainable effect on people. When we see someone flash their pearly whites, whether a friend or complete stranger, we naturally and unconsciously return the favor. That’s right. Smiles are, in fact, contagious.

There’s another neat thing about smiles. They’re universal and there’s no room for misinterpretation due to language or cultural barriers. What’s this mean? It means smiling is quite powerful. Smiling at people you encounter initiates that natural response to smile back, allowing not only yourself to access the health benefits of smiling, but offering everyone else the same.

“What if I Hate to Smile Because I’m Embarrassed of My Teeth?”

There are a number of things that can make us uncomfortable with the way our smile looks. Whether it’s because teeth are a little crooked, there’s a gap between them, or they’re not quite white enough for you, there are ways to help. Cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Austin can transform any smile through a variety of treatments including:

If the way your teeth look is holding you back from experiencing all the health benefits smiling provides, call our dental office in Austin. We will talk about your smile goals and the best ways to achieve them.

Welcoming new patients from Austin, Westlake, Cedar Park and beyond.

3 Dental Health Facts All Men Should Know

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While it’s typically recommended that everyone has a preventive dental care appointment and dental cleaning at least twice a year, men are less likely to visit their Austin dentist regularly than women. Many men skip these important check ups and rather only schedule an appointment once they have a problem. The truth is, seeing the dentist every six months can keep these problems from occurring in the first place and help keep mouths and bodies healthy.

  • Advanced Dental Treatments. Since we now know that many men don’t maintain regular dental care to help keep small concerns from getting more serious, it should come as no surprise that the likelihood for needed advanced dental treatment in men is higher. One of the common dental problems across all ages and genders is decay. When decay is left untreated, there’s a higher risk for a necessary root canal and dental crown. When it’s really bad, teeth may fall out or need to be extracted then replaced with a dental bridge, dentures, or dental implants.
  • Gum Disease. The American Dental Association (ADA) and Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) report that men are more likely to suffer from gum disease than women. In fact, between the ages of 30-54, 34% of men have gum disease compared to 23% of women. Gum disease is a serious condition that not only affects the mouth, but can contribute to other problems throughout the rest of the body. There’s evidence to support that gum disease may lead to heart disease, respiratory disease, and even certain types of cancer. Regular visits to the dentist help diagnose gum disease early before it has a chance to affect whole-body health.
  • Oral Cancer. The word cancer itself always insinuates fear. Oral cancer is no different and actually kills more than 8,000 people a year. When caught early, treatment can be very successful. When it’s not, there’s a whole host of issues that can result. If facial surgery is needed to remove the cancer, there’s a chance for disfigurement. Oral cancer can also spread to other areas of your body, making treatment more complex. Your dentist will check for oral cancer at every preventive care appointment and get treatment started as soon as possible if there’s a problem.

If it’s time for you to take care of your smile and see a dentist, call our dental office in Austin to schedule an appointment today.

Accepting patients from Austin, Westlake, Cedar Park and beyond.

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