As a dentist in Portland, I am amazed at how many people are afraid to show off their smile. When I walk down the streets of Downtown Portland, I have to wonder how many of those people would be flashing their grin if they were proud of their teeth and gums.
Some studies report as many as one quarter of the population does not like to smile because they have chipped, aged, cracked, missing, or stained teeth. Another study showed that 28 percent would not smile in photos for social media. They believe their grin is unattractive. In fact, more than 81 percent are certain their teeth look bad in pictures.
Too Much Pressure for the Perfect Smile
Conducted by Bupa, which is a healthcare group known internationally, 2,000 people participated and when asked what they like changed about themselves, 42 percents said their grin. Half of those in the study said they felt pressured to have that Hollywood smile.
Despite looking good, a majority of dental problems come from gum disease or tooth decay. Half of the people in the study said they didn’t really know how to take care of their teeth. Twenty-nine percent said that didn’t use toothpaste while two thirds never flossed. One out of five chose gum instead of a toothbrush for brushing.
Dental anxiety or dental fear is another reason that people do not want to smile. Deep down people with a phobia or fear know that avoiding the dentist will make it worse, but they don’t want to do anything about it. Missing, stained, or chipped teeth will get worse, not better.
If you don’t like your smile, call or click and schedule an appointment with my Downtown Portland dental practice. Smiling is contagious. Start working on yours today with Centerport Dental in Downtown Portland.