We’ve had a great series on the importance of health to your prosperity. Before we move on, there’s one more topic to look at…
This has a bigger role in people’s health than many realize. And a bigger role in prosperity that many realize as well.
You mouth and teeth are how you take in food and get your nourishment. And plaque, abscess teeth, or gum disease can create more serious health problems down the road. There is a growing body of evidence that gum disease actually leads to cardiovascular disease.
Cavities are actual decay in your teeth. And what do you think having decaying teeth in your mouth is doing for your health? Or your breath?
And as mentioned, it isn’t just for health. Having a great smile is important for prosperity and happiness. If you’re self-conscious about your teeth, you’ll probably resist smiling a lot.
Long time readers know I hate debt and advise against it. But one area I would recommend this is dental care. If you have missing, chipped, or discolored teeth, gaps or other issues that make you self-conscious, work out a payment plan and get it taken care of. You’ll prevent serious health challenges later on, and you’ll be more confident in your day-to-day interactions. Likewise, if you need braces, get it done. They’re not just for kids.
Now why don’t more people take care of their teeth?
Because they’ve been to a bad dentist and are afraid of the pain! I know. I had a dreadful dentist as a child and carried that fear into adulthood. And I needed a lot of work! It’s all mental, I know. I have a very high pain tolerance. I played softball with a fractured wrist, won a tournament by hitting a home run with a broken finger, and picked myself up off the road when I was shot. But put me in a dentist chair and I am a coward!
Today there is no reason to fear going to the dentist. Dental care has advanced greatly. And if you’re a wimp like me, you can use nitrous oxide, or even sedation.
When I moved to Miami I found a wonderful dentist named Dr. Larry Grillo. He also has a couple excellent colleagues working with him and they do preventative, regular and cosmetic dentistry. You can get ahold of their practice, Aventura Dental Arts at (305) 682-1414 or http://www.aventuradentalarts.com/
For my braces he sent me to Dr. Richard Mariani, who runs a great orthodontic practice and did a wonderful job. Find him at http://www.marianiorthodontics.com/about.swf or call (305) 665-2402.
When I needed an implant and corrective jaw surgery, I went to Doctors Holmes and Sclar who practice at http://www.southfloridaoms.com/index.html
Have a great dentist where you live? Please share their info below.