What is a Worthwhile Investment in These Troubling Times?

I wish I had never fixed my teeth”    

                            said no one ever                                       

The dictionary defines “Investment” as: the act of putting money or effort into something to make a profit or achieve a result. Most of us invest in a home or cars. This certainly is fitting since we need a place to live and get back and forth to our jobs, buy food and get medical care. If you have ever been without a car you soon realize that having a reliable means of transportation is a necessity even if you work from home. Investing in an education also fits the definition since usually the better educated you are, the result is higher earning potential. A higher income means a better quality of life. A better quality of life is the basic on why we invest in things whether it is an immediate result or for the future.

People want to be “wellthy”

People want a better quality of life and they want to be “wellthy.” They not only want to look better, they want to feel better and they don’t want poor health to keep them from doing the things that make them happy today or out in the future. Americans spent over a trillion dollars last year on health and wellness products and services to keep themselves healthy and feeling better. The old adage, You cannot enjoy your wealth, if you cannot enjoy your health, is something that stands the test of time. Steve Jobs, one of the wealthiest men in the world died at age 56. In his final days he was quoted as saying “When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – “Book of Healthy Life”.

Invest in yourself

An investment in yourself is something that will always pay off. Exercising, eating healthy and getting regular check- ups is far more important than a designer purse or an overpriced vacation.

Most people do not equate fixing their teeth with health and quality of life. Recent studies indicate that the indirect cost of lost productivity due to severe periodontitis (gum disease) alone amounts to $54 billion annually, which accounts for a significant proportion of the estimated $442 billion cost of oral diseases (World Oral Health Forum 2017 )

Poor oral health affects all aspects of life

Unhealthy teeth and gums affects your quality of life probably more so than you realize. It affects confidence and self-esteem which directly affects the type of job and even mate you are able to get. It affects your ability to eat healthier foods. And can even affect your speech. Toothaches and other oral emergencies, due to neglect, amounts to lost wages, unnecessary pain and holding yourself back in life due to embarrassment. If you have oral disease you have bad breath, there is no way to get around it and bad breath will affect you getting a job, a raise and will turn others off from wanting to be around you. Most people are too polite to say anything and you will most likely get some other excuse as to why you weren’t hired or why you did not get that second date or why someone else was chosen over you for something. Having to work or be around someone with bad breath is distracting.

With recent studies linking poor oral health to everything from low birth weight, diabetes and heart disease an unhealthy mouth means an unhealthy body and an unhealthy body reduces your quality of life significantly.

Where does cosmetic dentistry fit in?

Not everyone has to have a Hollywood smile but we see so many patients who do not move forward with basic needs such as treatment for gum disease, regular cleanings or taking care of decay or broken teeth. A healthy mouth is more important than aesthetics. Some treatments such as straightening teeth have the result of making things pretty but that is just a side benefit since we know that straight teeth are easier to clean. Teeth that are easier to clean are less prone to gum disease. Fortunately, here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio, we can handle all of your needs and use materials that get you to healthier state but are also aesthetic.