“People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile,” is a very witty quote by author Lee Wildon. The dental profession understands the power of a smile too, and are relieved that they can provide great smiles to their patients instead of fashion advice.
Where do great smiles come from? It starts with a person that has the confidence to smile despite the “slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune” (to quote Hamlet), or appreciation of a glass-half-full perspective of life. However, a person’s confidence can often be shattered by their appearance of a “bad” smile. Dozens of studies over the last several years have validated the role that good dental care plays in creating a great smile. Studies also reveal the importance that our society place on the aesthetics of a smile.
Dr. Byron M. Blasco, DMD, an internationally recognized cosmetic and restorative dentist who practices in Las Vegas believes that modern dentistry has taken great steps in meeting the expectations of what most people perceive as a beautiful smile.
“There is an almost universal perception of what a great smile is. It includes a mouth full of bright healthy teeth, the area around the mouth, and the symmetry of the face. While I address every aspect of a beautiful smile, I emphasize with all my patients that it starts with healthy teeth,” says Dr. Blasco. “It’s amazing how my patients’ confidence soars when their smile shows teeth that are healthy and look healthy.”
As elementary as it sounds a great smile starts when you are a kid. All that parental haranguing about brushing your teeth after every meal and before bed obviously serves a purpose as you get older. Good dental hygiene throughout your life includes everyday brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. This allows you to keep your teeth longer and healthier looking. It also keeps your gums healthy. Periodontitis is a serious gum disease that leads not only to a loss of teeth, but affects overall health including serious heart disease.
It’s not surprising that smiling is good for your health too. A 2012 Mayo Clinic study showed that smiling helps your immune system, improves your mental health, lowers your blood pressure, and gives you a higher tolerance to pain. That right there should be enough to get you to a dental office and start smiling again.
Now is the time to start every day with a big, bright smile. Make an appointment now to see what today’s dental practice can do to make that happen. Give Dr. Blasco a call at 702.933.1300 and discover how he, and his expert staff can give you something to smile about!