What Does Your Smile Say About You? [BLOG]
What does your smile say about you?
Hello, from all of us at the LANAP & Implant Center. Dr. DiGiallorenzo and our team wants to make sure you have a happy, healthy smile.
That’s why we love the chance to talk to you through our blogs about the ways you can achieve that at home in between your regular dental checkups!
Today, we’re talking about a hidden talent that your teeth and gums have that may surprise you. Did you know that your smile says a lot about you? It’s not only your way of expressing emotion, but it’s also a good indicator for the state of your oral and overall wellbeing.
Dr. DiGiallorenzo is one of the most talented dental specialists around, but he’s not a mind reader. What he can do, though, is tell just by way of a thorough exam what’s going on in your life that may be affecting your teeth and gums.
So let’s take a look at some of the ways your smile speaks to us!
Your Smile Can Tell Us When You’re Stressed
Sometimes, Dr. DiGiallorenzo can tell when you’ve been under a lot of stress just by looking at your teeth. If he finds that your teeth are worn down or you’re showing changes to your bite alignment, he might conclude that you’re grinding or clenching your teeth.
One of the things we do when we’re stressed is clench down our jaw and grind our teeth, oftentimes without even realizing it! You might even do this while you sleep, which makes doing something about it even more challenging. How can you change something you don’t even know is happening?
Over time, this will show up on your teeth by wearing them down and altering their shape or your overall bite. If this applies to you, Dr. DiGiallorenzo can discuss your treatment options that can help keep you from doing that and hurting your teeth.
Your Smile Can Tell Us What You’re Eating And Drinking
Your teeth can tell us a little bit about your diet, too. If one of our experienced specialists notices cavities, or signs of gum disease, tooth decay, or plaque, it could mean that you have a diet that might be high in sugary or highly acidic foods and drinks.
This is because the plaque and tartar that builds up in your mouth is brought on as a result of the bacteria feeding off the sugar from what you’re consuming. If your teeth aren’t effectively cleaned with brushing and flossing on a consistent basis, the bacteria will only have more to feed on and more problems to create.
Those dental problems could also be caused by a highly acidic diet that weakens your tooth enamel. This only makes it easier for the bacteria to get inside your teeth and into your gumline and tooth root to cause even bigger problems.
Your Smile Can Tell Us About Your Habits
The summer can be incredibly hot, so it’s tempting to reach for those ice cubes and starting chewing to keep yourself cool. The problem, though, is that can wear your teeth down, much like teeth grinding can.
This is another way Dr. DiGiallorenzo can get to know you just by looking inside your mouth. Chewing on ice can be one of those habits that seems harmless enough, until the damage has been done.
Stains on your teeth from things like smoking, tobacco, and dark food and drinks also tell us more about you. If that’s the case for you, know that you have a team here at the LANAP & Implant Center that can help restore the damage and even reverse the effects that some habits leave behind.
Trust Your Smile To Our Team!
No matter the state your smile is in, you can count on Dr. DiGiallorenzo and our highly-trained team of specialists to help you. We put your health and happiness at the top of our list of concerns when you come to see us. And your teeth and gums usually have quite a bit to say about how well you’re doing.
Call the LANAP & Implant Center today at 610-850-9206 for our Collegeville, PA office or 570-433-8019 for our Williamsport location. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.