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A healthy smile is not just good for your image, but it is also good for your overall health and well-being. There is a reason why you want to brush and floss every day and see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. In today’s blog, we want to share just three reasons why you should be thankful for your smile.

#1 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.

#2 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.

#3 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!

This Thanksgiving, we hope you include your smile on the list of things you are grateful for. At Peak Dental Care in Centennial, Colorado, we invite you to brush and floss daily, maintain regular dental cleanings and checkups, and show off your healthy, confident smile! To schedule your next visit with Dr. Scott Lindsay, please call 720-489-0797 today.