‘Perfect smile’, perfect mood?

Ever wondered how much a ‘perfect smile’ improves your well-being? Patients often tell me that they feel more confident after having their teeth straightened or whitened.

However, a study by the University of Manchester’s School of Dentistry takes this to a new level and even suggests that patients with a ‘perfect smile’ are happier and suffer less stress than those with a ‘gappy’ grin.

As part of the research, 150 men and women aged between 24 and 82 underwent dental implants for one or more missing teeth, and completed an Oral Health Profile (OHIP) questionnaire before and after treatment on their oral health quality of life.

The study showed a significant spike in the OHIP score, rising from 241 out of a possible 343 before treatment, to 342 after. Patients reported a dramatic improvement in self-confidence, esteem and general happiness.

It just goes to show that having good oral hygiene and a nice smile is about more than just aesthetics! Read the full article about it here (www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v215/n4/full/sj.bdj.2013.802.html).