Uplevel Your Current and Future Well-being
If you want to set yourself up for lifelong success and fulfillment, your well-being is one of the most sound investments you can make. Positive states of physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being can notably increase your productivity, longevity, and life satisfaction, and empower you to better use your time, money, and energy how you want to.
The Meaning of Well-being
There is no one standard definition of well-being, though a common thread can be found across all concepts: well-being is dynamic, encompasses the entirety of one’s being, and is the confluence of multiple aspects of health. While the International Journal of Wellbeing describes well-being as “the balance point between an individual’s resource pool and the challenges faced,” the World Health Organization describes it as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”
Put another way, well-being is the dynamic state of having the physical, psychological, and social resources you need to navigate life’s inevitable ups and downs and thrive in a way that supports your individual circumstances, wants, and needs. And while each person’s experience of this will be unique, all definitions underscore that every human being is equally worthy of their own greatest potential for lifelong well-being.
The Connection Between Good Oral Health and Well-being
If you pause to ponder it, your mouth is an important player in your experience of daily living. Think of all the times you smile, speak, laugh, whistle, sing, eat, drink, kiss, yawn, and breathe, and your mouth suddenly becomes a central player in how you interact with the outside world and get your most essential needs met every day. The importance of good oral health is easily backed up by a range of research, which highlights how your oral health can influence everything from pregnancy outcomes to self-esteem. While most studies highlight the consequences of poor oral health, they can also shed light on how oral health supports your total well-being.
A body of research demonstrates a consistent correlation between oral health and overall health. For instance, it’s known that periodontal (gum) disease triggers the immune system and subsequent inflammation. Left untreated, inflammation can become systemic and chronic. This increases the risk or exacerbates the symptoms of many undesirable health outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, erectile dysfunction, preterm labor, and low-birthweight babies.
Fortunately, you can prevent oral disease, and the associated inflammation, by tending to your smile’s needs. Along with eating a nutrient-rich diet and practicing good oral hygiene daily, routine dental visits and the restorative or cosmetic treatments you want or need can support a healthy smile, mind, and body.
How a New Smile Can Transform Your Life
Because your smile is so integral to your well-being, investing in a new smile can transform your life and greatly contribute to your current and future health. Whether they’re considered restorative, cosmetic, or both, most dental treatments deliver multiple overlapping benefits.
Braces, for instance, are typically (and rightfully) associated with cosmetically correcting crooked or crowded teeth, as well as making it easier to keep your teeth clean and plaque-free. Full-mouth dental implants are renowned for their strength and ability to restore lost function, and can simultaneously restore quality of life and self-esteem. Veneers can dramatically transform your smile’s appearance, while improving your bite’s alignment and encouraging a higher level of commitment to maintaining good oral health and hygiene. Periodontal therapy helps prevent undesirable health consequences and lost teeth, while simultaneously maintaining your smile’s natural beauty and strength. (You get the idea.)
All things considered, the benefits you want to create with a smile transformation will be unique to your vision for total well-being. Whether you want to prevent chronic disease or refresh your smile’s appearance, Dr. Tyler can help you understand your oral health needs, explore your options, and achieve the range of benefits you seek. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today.