Teeth are unique like fingerprints – nobody on this planet can have identical ones. They are the individual features that help identify us as who we are.
While the main job of teeth is chewing food, they have many functions, and they can also provide us with valuable information about health and diet. Additionally, they can also be used for identification, among other things.
What our teeth reveal about us
A healthy diet is often testament to healthy teeth. By examining teeth and how healthy they are, a lot about diet can be determined. Drinking liquids with a lot of sugar such as soda and consuming foods containing sugar are especially bad for teeth.
The National Eating Disorder Association states that 83% of bulimic patients suffer from tooth erosion due to habitual regurgitation of stomach acid. Anorexia affects your teeth negatively due to vitamin deficiencies.
Believe it or not, even your tongue, gums and soft tissue in your mouth can show signs of underlying disease or health issues. Should you notice any abnormalities in your mouth, like sores or lumps, and if they don’t subside naturally within two weeks you should have your dentist check them as they might reveal more severe illnesses.
Never having your teeth checked by a dental professional can lead to abscesses and even bacteria entering the bloodstream, which can affect the adequate functioning of your heart and other organs. Really, oral neglect or symptoms can say a lot about the overall health of the body.
But not only physical aspects are reflected in our mouth. Your teeth can even show how stressed you are in your current situation. Do you wake up in the morning with a painful jaw ? Without noticing it, you might be grinding your teeth during the night. This way your teeth are worn extensively.
Teeth are also useful to help identify a person. They give scientists clues to determine the approximate age of a person through their teeth size. Even ethnicity can be revealed as different ethnic groups will have distinct dental features.
Why our teeth matter
Do you want to feel attractive? Healthy and clean teeth play an important role in this. Your smile is what people immediately notice about you. If you feel that it could be improved, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics will enable you to have a shiny smile. At Angel Orthodontics we can help with many orthodontic issues such as over- and underbites, crossbites, crowding, spacing and even snoring.
Oral health care truly matters and we all have to deal with plaque, which consists of bacteria releasing acid causing tooth decay and gum disease. If plaque is not being removed regularly from your teeth the bacteria multiply and cause damage. Flossing once a day and brushing your teeth twice daily will help prevent plaque building up and lower the risk of tooth decay and other dental diseases.
Our teeth are vital for so many different aspects of our lives – treat them with respect and care.