Five Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Have Medicinal Benefits

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Contrary to popular belief, cosmetic dentistry isn't just reserved for people who want to "improve" their appearance. A healthy smile is extremely important for your health and well-being – more so than it's commonly given credit for. From reducing the effects of psychological disorders to improving nutrient deficiencies, cosmetic procedures can be used to enhance modern medicine. 

Nutrient Deficiencies

Teeth and gums that have been poorly cared for over the years could cause serious harm to your diet. If you're unable to eat certain foods, you could suffer from nutrient deficiencies. Vitamins cannot be absorbed without minerals (which the body can't produce); therefore, ingesting minerals and retaining a balanced diet is crucial. Medical conditions that could be caused as a direct result of nutrient deficiencies include osteoporosis, diabetes and anemia.

Veeners, dental implants and crowns could make it possible to eat foods that were previously out of the question. This will allow you to boost your nutrient intake and combat/prevent other issues relating to your diet.

Poor Dental Health

No amount of cosmetic dentistry will compensate for poor dental health. Even after receiving cosmetic treatment, poor oral hygiene could lead you straight back to surgery. Many people who haven't taken care of their teeth and gums will realise the importance of oral health only after they've been blessed with a new set of teeth. This often results in a much higher level of care and attention.

Anxiety and Depression

Never underestimate the importance of feeling good about yourself. Suffering from low self-esteem and self-confidence could lead to other problems, such as anxiety and depression. Having a healthy, beautiful smile could give you a much-needed boost of confidence.

Speech Impediments

The position of your teeth and jaw can have a significant impact on your speech. While most issues relating to the growth of permanent teeth can be addressed during childhood, the teeth and jaw can migrate to an unnatural position and cause speech impediments during adulthood as well. Orthodontic treatment can be used to gradually move the teeth and/or jaw into the best position.

Airway Obstruction

Realigning the teeth and jaw to its most natural position could make it easier for the the body to breath during the night. This can improve sleep quality, limit sleep apnea and reduce snoring. Limiting airway obstruction can also help you improve your breathing during intensive physical activities.

Cosmetic dentistry isn't just about your outward appearance. While these procedures won't directly solve underlying medical problems, they will indirectly help.