On a recent trip to my local library in search of books on healthy living, I discovered, to my surprise and dismay, that there were absolutely no books on proper dental care or any dental topic whatsoever. How could that be? Certainly these days' people understand the direct relation their teeth have to their total well-being right? And isn't everyone on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon now? Isn't that the trend?
So how is it that there are no books available to help people learn more about their teeth? I saw plenty of books on headaches, IBS, Bipolar disorder, even skin conditions. I also noticed there was no shortage of books on beauty and fashion. I don't know about you, but I consider a healthy smile very beautiful and fashionable.
It got me thinking about how informed we all can be on many aspects of our own health. There is good information at our fingertips for practically any imaginable health topic out there. At the click of a button, we can now get more information than we ever thought possible.
I understand that for most people, teeth can be taken for granted. We don't really think about them except when we are brushing (and hopefully flossing) or if we have a toothache, but I think teeth really do deserve our attention and care. They are there for us when we are chewing that delicious filet mignon or when we bite into that juicy apple. They give us that amazing smile, help form our lips which also helps with our speech, and they provide support for our many facial features.
So how important are teeth in our daily lives? I would venture to say, as I bite into this sweet strawberry, a lot more important than what we give them credit for.