Hey, you. Yes, you, the one who won’t get your teeth fixed because you’re afraid of the dentist.
Listen. It’s the year 2014. We’ve gone to the moon. We’ve cured polio. We each carry around a tiny portal that grants us access to nearly all the information humankind has ever compiled. We made Dippin Dots.
It’s time for you to take a deep breath and go to the dentist.
A century ago just about half of all adults in North America had no teeth. No teeth whatsoever. And back in the heydey of the Mayans or the Ancient Chinese, you might have had a piece of shell or a bit of bamboo stuck into your gum to replace a missing tooth. And now? Just under one in every 10 people over the age of 65 have lost teeth.
Today’s cosmetic dental procedures are fast, effective, high-tech, and a host of other positive adjectives. The stigma of just a decade ago don’t apply, let alone the ones from prehistoric times. And given the sudden boom in social media based on pictures (Snapchat, Pinterest, and the ever-evolving Facebook), there’s even more pressure to keep your smile looking shiny and toothilicious.
Oh yeah, and there are also about fifty gajillion health reasons to keep your smile straight and healthy and gap free, including diabetes management, digestive health, and immunological support. Just to name the first three that popped up when I Googled.
You think you’re the only one with missing teeth? Even young and healthy folks lose a tooth now and then. Accidents, fights, and good old-fashioned athletic trauma are the leading causes of tooth loss in folks under 35. Do you think they just shrug and reach for the applesauce for the remaining decades of their lives? No sir, they get their dental surgery on, and hop right back out onto that lacrosse field.
Cosmetic dental surgery can give you a brand new tooth that looks, feels, and functions exactly like your old tooth. And why stop at one? You can have an entire upper or lower set of false teeth installed on just a few dental implants.
Bottom line: get with the times, get over your fear, and get yourself to the dentist. It’s not as bad you think, and in fact it hasn’t been for about twenty years now. So fix your teeth, already! Find more on this topic here. More.