How Important is a Healthy, Confident Smile?

businesswoman with healthy confident smileYou might instinctively realize that, when your dental health is good and your smile is bright and confident, your own self-confidence and outward appearance are greatly enhanced. What you might not realize is the actual importance of maintaining a healthy, confident smile, and how it can affect not just your self-image, but also most major aspects of your quality of life.  

The Influences of Dental Health

The state of your dental health has a more profound influence than you might know. Besides aching teeth, dental health issues can generate a variety of discomforts, from sore painful facial muscles to chronic, severe headaches and earaches, and more. Studies have also shown that the mechanisms behind poor dental health, such as the bacteria that incite inflammatory gum disease, can also have negative effects on your overall health. In fact, advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, has been linked to numerous systemic health issues, including;

  • Heart disease, heart attack, and heart failure, due to inflammation in cardiovascular tissues
  • Diabetes, which is sometimes exacerbated by tissue inflammation
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which involves unchecked inflammation in your joints
  • Dementia, which could result from chronically inflamed cranial tissues

The Power of Smiling

Keeping your mouth healthy and clean is vital on a basic, maintain-your-wellbeing level. Yet, your smile is more than a health factor; it’s one of your most dominant facial features, and plays a special role in communicating and interacting with others. Whether you realize it or not, your confident smile (or not-so-confident smile) influences the way others perceive you, which in turn affects how they interact with you.

When your smile is frequent and easy, you may seem friendlier, more aware, more approachable, and more confident in yourself and your abilities. If you have one or more cosmetic issues that bar you from showing your smile’s full potential, then speak with us today about your options for improving your smile through one or more personalized cosmetic dental treatments.


Located in West Allis, WI, Michael E. Flynn, DDS, and his talented team of dental care professionals from West Allis, Brookfield, Wauwatosa, and all Western Milwaukee communities. To learn more, or to schedule your next appointment, call Stubbs Family Dentistry today at 414-541-8250.