Why Are Teeth So Important?

My wife and I were both traveling in California last week.  She is out here speaking and consulting and I am visiting dental practices looking at technology, systems and processes, as well as possible new procedures we are thinking of adding to our practice.

One of the offices we visited, insisted we take a side trip while we were there to the San Diego Zoo; an amazing place if you have not been. It is arguably the best zoo in the country. While we were touring around, looking at the monkeys, pandas and everything else they have in there, we wondered into the section on Africa. Now I will have to admit this section was quite amazing, home to the more popular creatures such as tigers and elephants, but also home to some of the most unusual and interesting animals and birds, most of which I had never seen or heard of before.

As we strolled through the Condors and read about the efforts to save the giant birds from extinction, I noticed the exhibit of the bones and remains of the dinosaurs and mammoths that used to roam the country. These creatures were massive, it is hard to believe they used to inhabit this earth, let alone believe something that big could just disappear. The size of their heads, the length of their bodies and oh yes, the size of their teeth, they were massive creatures and impressive to look at.

My wife took a photo of one of their teeth to show our staff the unbelievable size and shape. As I looked at the photo, it made me think about how important their teeth were to their existence, and I had to wonder what it cost one of these massive creatures in terms of ability to eat and survive when and if a tooth went bad or fell out. I mean really how important are, teeth right? For most of us, we never even think about it, we take our teeth for granted just always assuming they will be there, and they will be working just fine.

Truth is – that is no where near accurate. Teeth are very important and you need to take care for them, because you really need them. Your teeth are vital for your health and longevity.

 

Teeth enable you to:

  1. Chew – to be able to chew our food properly and easily so we can eat the healthy foods we love and digest them properly.
  2. Look Great – your teeth are critical to how attractive you look for yourself and others
  3. Keep a Steady Jaw– they keep you jaw steady, your gums in place and your jawbone strong
  4. Retain Bone – when you lose teeth you lose bone, and that distort the shape of your face. Without your teeth, you lose the support for your cheeks and it actually changes the shape of your face, making your look older.
  5. Smile Big – without your teeth you cannot truly smile; not the type of smile that gives you confidence and makes others happy.Yes, no matter their size, teeth are critical to your overall health and well-being, and keeping them strong is something that is fairly easy to do. Brush two to three times a day, always floss, and get regular check-ups. I have to wonder where would that Mammoth be today, had he taken better care of his teeth!

Yes, no matter their size, teeth are critical to your overall health and well-being, and keeping them strong is something that is fairly easy to do. Brush two to three times a day, always floss, and get regular check-ups. I have to wonder where would that Mammoth be today, had he taken better care of his teeth!