Having a great smile filled with white and healthy looking teeth is a great way to communicate success to others and to make yourself more desirable and impressive looking. But why is this? Of course if you go a little deeper the reason is that teeth are a sign of vitality and a symbol of our health. This then means that if you have good teeth, you look healthy and genetically like a good specimen, which means in turn that you are likely to enjoy a greater status in your career as well as better relationships.
Here we will look at why your smile reflects your overall health, and what it is about grinning that tells a story about your health. If the eyes are the window to the soul, then for sure the teeth are a window to your health.
Genetics and Evolution
First of all, you should understand that genetics and evolution play a role here. You see, our teeth can give us some insight into our genetic health and specifically with regards to how symmetrical they are. Symmetry in the body and face represents genetic health because it suggests that our cells are good at mitosis – splitting and dividing to create two identical copies. If your teeth are even this makes your face look symmetrical which we unconsciously register as good cell health and low chance of cancer.
Of course though if your teeth are crooked and wonky that doesn’t mean you’re going to get ill, but this is the reason that psychologists suspect we find the look unattractive. The good news? You can easily alter this by getting dental procedures to keep your teeth in line.
We also think that straight white teeth are good looking because of social influence. Basically we are bombarded by images of people with straight white teeth in the media, and we are taught to believe that those people have the most desirable look that we should all aim for. Celebrities can afford to have the best cosmetic dentistry which means that they’re the ones who have the whitest and straightest teeth, which in turn means that white teeth have become associated with good health. When someone sees your teeth then, they assume that you have money and success.
The Correlation With Health
At the same time if you have straight and healthy looking teeth then this suggests that you have brushed them well. That in turn suggests that you are someone who looks after their teeth and so are probably someone who looks after their general health.
Meanwhile if your teeth are straight and white and not decaying then it suggests that you don’t eat vast quantities of sugar. This is of course going to mean that you have better health and that you’re less likely to suffer from diabetes, and that in turn means you’re more likely to be healthy too.
And then there’s the simple fact that tooth health leads to other problems. If you have bad teeth then chances are that you’re going to have a lot of bacteria in your mouth, and this in turn is likely to place pressure on your immune system making you more likely to suffer from other diseases.
So in short our teeth tell a long story about our health, and even if you’ve never noticed this on a conscious level it will affect you and others on an unconscious one. It’s time to make sure your teeth are in check…