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Teeth and Beauty 2 Peas in a Pod - Beauty and Teeth together

By Donna Spangler

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     It may come as a surprise to some that your teeth and gums have a direct effect on your outer beauty. As I’ve stated in my previous articles, “Beauty starts within” your oral health is no exception. I had the esteem privilege to sit down with Dr. Richard Benveniste; one of the most prominent and well versed periodontists in the world, to get his expertise on oral health.


Periodontist?? What is that?

        A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of periodontal (bone & gum) disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists’ are also experts in the prevention and diagnosis of gum and oral inflammation.


Dr. Benveniste was quite candid with me and he educated me on the importance of oral hygeniene. He stated, “Just like with any other area on your body your mouth attracts dirt and if you don’t clean it that dirt pills up and can lead to infections. What is quite surprising to both patients and doctors alike, is that infections in the mouth influencing overall health is not a novel idea since historical records of over 2000 years ago indicate that Hippocrates was credited for curing various diseases, such as arthritis by extracting infected teeth. It was confirmed by the beginning of modern dentistry in the 1890's, that the gathering of and incubation of disease germs focalized in the mouth and performed a significant role of multiple disorders of the body generally and that many diseases who's origin were unknown were now being cited as a result of infections originating in the oral cavity.  Today it has been shown that a multitude of diseases have been connected to bacterial factors of the mouth, which include, increased risk of heart attack, stroke, arthritis, lung problems, premature birth weights and a multitude of other afflictions. That is why dentists are not merely those who just fill teeth, but they also explore the oral infections to prevent general bodily disease.”

 As you can imagine I’m still in shock.

Who would have thought that bad oral health can lead to death??

That’s really scary (as I floss my teeth) haha.

  I believe that a healthy smile can make the difference between being considered an attractive person as opposed to a mouth with any oral maladies which greatly takes away from the aesthetics of a person. I mean really who wants a person who doesn’t take care of themselves? Or has bad breath??

When looking at a person one of the first things you notice is their face. Your eyes scan their face noticing all of their features and then you notice their mouth. A persons smile can be a prime indicator of their hygiene. If you have a bad looking mouth, yellow teeth, missing teeth, black teeth, swollen gums, receding gums ,bad breath, they all reflect on not only your looks but your overall health. The mouth is a receptacle for diseases. As a rule people look at the mouth and if they notice any of these maladies you can be quite sure that it will be a turn off.  Who wants to kiss a diseased mouth?

As Dr. Benveniste said  "It is possible to transmit infection of the mouth through deep mouth kissing" EWWW.

So you see beauty and health DO go hand in hand. As a rule of thumb brush and floss your teeth 2 to 3 times a day. Schedule a cleaning at least every 3 to 6 months and if your gums/teeth are causing you ANY discomfort don’t try to “wait it out” visit your local Periodontist. I have a feeling that Dr. Richard Benventiste will be glad to help you smile with pride, knowing that you’re mouth is squeaky clean. Always remember that true beauty starts on the inside and that you should never neglect your health. After all,  you only have one body  so be sure to take good care of it.


Published on Jul 13, 2015

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