Insecure About Your Teeth? You're Not Alone.
By Aisha Beau Johnson
Did you know that the act of smiling can help reduce stress? When we smile, our body releases a set of “happiness” chemicals like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine that immediately work to boost our mood.
Yet, despite the positive benefits of smiling, it doesn’t always come naturally—and in many instances due to poor dental health, some folks unconsciously suppress their smiles. Whether we know it or not, our oral hygiene plays a huge role in our self-esteem.
According to The New York Post, a study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Snow Teeth Whitening found that 57% of Americans cover their mouths when they laugh due to insecurity over their teeth. Also, seven in 10 people admit to feeling self-conscious about their teeth overall.
Given that teeth are often the first thing others notice about us, this can weigh pretty heavily on our day-to-day lives. So, here are some ways to combat that negative strain your dental may have on your mental health:
Seek treatment from a professional.
Dentist visits can be scary, but the aftermath of prolonging them can be worse. Shop around for dental professionals in your area that you’ll feel comfortable with. Opening up about oral hygiene is a vulnerable process, and it may be worth doing a virtual consultation first before making any commitments. That way, you can gauge their personality and see if it’ll be a judgement free zone.
Beef up your at-home routine.
A dentist can do their best while you’re in office, but the real grunt work starts at home. Develop a habit of brushing twice a day, and flossing. Incorporate it as part of your daily self-care routine. While waiting for the serum to settle into your pores during your skincare routine, floss, and then after apply moisturizer brush. Once you start taking care of your teeth on your own more consistently it’ll be a breeze.
Our dental wellbeing has a lot to do with what we ingest. So, try having a more balanced diet with calcium, and phosphorous-rich food like eggs, fish, lean meat, dairy and nuts to help to promote strong teeth and bones. Also, incorporating Vitamin C promotes gum health. Avoid snacking too often on sugary or sticky candy and if so, try brushing right after to decrease the likelihood of cavities.
Everyone’s teeth are different, and your smile should never be hidden. Smile when you feel compelled to without holding back!
Aisha Beau Johnson is a digital content creator, speaker, and founder of AishaBeau.com, a digital destination highlighting all things self-care for women of color. She specializes in writing about beauty, lifestyle, and wellness topics, highlighting the importance of internal and external well-being. Her podcast Re-Written is all about self-love.