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While you are celebrating the Thanksgiving holidays this month, our Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C. team in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, urges you to remember how important a healthy smile is to your overall well-being. Your smile serves a variety of vital functions yet rarely gets noticed for them. To show you what we mean, we would like to point out the following:

Self-Image: The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry conducted a Whitening Survey in 2012 and found that 99.7% of Americans believe a smile is an important social asset. In fact, 74% of the respondents felt that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances of having career success, and 96% of adults felt that an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex.

Nutrition and Energy: Along with a positive self-image, your teeth provide a necessary function to your overall health. They grind the food you eat to provide nourishment to your body. In fact, proper saliva production along with your pearly whites break down these nutrients, helping to prevent diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, lower bloating and gas to improve your digestion. This process also helps with weight loss and give you energy  by helping your body better absorb nutrients.

Effective Communication: Your healthy smile also helps you speak and communicate with the people around you. This allows you to interact with friends, family, co-workers and the various people you interact with during a typical day. Daily interactions truly provide a vital service and you can thank your pearly whites for that!

Caring for your smile is fairly straightforward: brush and floss daily, chew sugarless gum to stimulate healthy saliva production and stay properly hydrated. Be sure to maintain twice-yearly dental cleanings and checkups, and if you are experiencing any kind of oral issues, please don’t put off treatment; gum disease and tooth decay are no one’s friend!

This Thanksgiving, our Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C. team in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, encourages you to honor your smile health. If you need to schedule your next dental cleaning with Dr. Robert A. Bell, please call us today at 502-955-6516. We are grateful for you!