Why do we smile in photographs? Before the 20th century, it was very rare for a grin to wind up in print. In the early 18th century, one French writer expressed sorrow for “people who raise their upper lip so high…that their teeth are almost visible.” In his mind, this was not only discourteous, but entirely unnecessary. He asked, “why do it at all? Nature gave us lips to conceal them.”  Economics, social norms, and technology all placed a part in his reasoning. Prior to 1900, photos took minutes to capture and expose; it was very difficult to hold a smile for that length of time. However, after the rise of film and photographic technological advances, things began to change. Fast forward to the 21st century…we now live in a world of constant photographs, most with smiles. In 2013, the word “selfie” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary and even won “word of the year.”

Do You Smile in Your Selfies?

If not, ask yourself why. The reason most adults don’t smile may surprise you- they think their gums look “unhealthy.” In truth, they most likely are unhealthy. The latest CDC reports indicate that 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of Periodontal Disease. So, what can be done to improve your overall gum health so you can take the perfect selfie? Other than daily homecare and regular dental cleanings, you can take supplements specific to oral and gum health!

What Works?

Aside from regular dental cleanings by professional dental professionals, dietary supplements play a key role in overall gum and tooth health. Antioxidants, like Vitamins A, C, E and CoEnzyme Q10, are excellent at promoting gum health. These act by helping to protect against cell damage and they promote healing of damaged tissue as well. Vitamin C plays an integral part in collagen production and makes gum tissue more resistant to the spreading of bacteria; it also promotes healthy capillaries for strong oral tissue. If your body does not have sufficient amounts of Vitamin C, it could increase your chances for gum bleeding and swelling. It can even contribute to loss of teeth! ConEnzyme 10 helps protect gums from periodontitis by strengthening the immune system.

Dr. Anders, Dr. Armistead, and our entire team highly recommend adding these to your daily homecare to achieve optimal health and help take the perfect selfie. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 828.633.4090 or http://andersdds.com/contact