My Story: “A Lot Of People Don’t Know The Rules”

    Dr. Catrise Austin pointing to her smileA beautiful smile certainly speaks for you. One of the first things that people will notice about you is your smile. It’s your greeting card, your business card, your resume, and your facial “mood ring” all in one. Yet, we live in a nation where dental health is not taken seriously and not viewed as a part of our overall health and well-being.

    Many people don’t get just how dangerous bad oral health habits can be.

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    Studies now show that poor oral health can not only cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath, and tooth loss, but is also linked to:

    • Diabetes
    • Heart disease
    • Preterm or low-birth weight

    Oral Health & Financial Success?

    A recent study even revealed that those with a beautiful smile are perceived as more successful, intelligent, interesting, wealthy, attractive and popular. Now more than ever, with a spiraling economy and increased competition at work, a healthy, confident smile can be your calling card to success. A strong, confident smile implies much more than personal hygiene; it truly shows accomplishment, happiness, radiance, and strength.

    Oral Health Today: Problem One

    One of the biggest concerns that I see is access to affordable dental insurance and quality dental care. As a healthcare provider, I meet so many people who want dental care and need dental care, but just can’t afford a quality dental plan due to dental insurance premiums. Employers are more likely to drop their employee’s dental insurance before dropping the medical insurance because dental insurance isn’t viewed as being as necessary as medical care.

    As a result, patients are left  to cope with dental diseases and other oral health problems as long as they can until their teeth hurt until they have a dental emergency. Statistics show a rise in ER hospital visits for dental care – which is not what people should be turning to.

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