It happens to everyone. One day, you’re standing in front of the mirror getting ready for work, and you notice your teeth have begun to take on an unsightly shade of yellow. Even the most diligent brushers and flossers will eventually notice their teeth aren’t as bright as they would like. Unless you only drink water and eat colorless gelatin, your teeth are going to become stained over time. If yellowing teeth are a natural part of the human experience, why does it bother us so much? Well, our aversion to unsightly, stained teeth may have something to do with psychology. White, shiny teeth are perceived as healthier than teeth that are yellow or stained. When we see someone with stained teeth, we often form certain opinions about them. Whether these opinions are justified or not is another matter, but that prejudice can affect how we treat each other and how we view ourselves. Since whiter teeth encourage more positive thinking, people who whiten their teeth often report feeling higher self- esteem and confidence, and this can translate into amazing results in other areas of life. IMPROVED SOCIAL CONNECTIONS Who would you rather spend time with: someone who smiles and laughs freely or someone who never cracks a smile and rarely speaks up because WHY DOWE CARE ABOUTWHITE TEETH?
they are embarrassed by their teeth? When we feel confident about our teeth, the way we carry ourselves and interact with others changes. This confidence carries over into job interviews and even first dates! ENHANCEDMOOD In addition to improved confidence, having whiter teeth can increase feelings of happiness. When we don’t feel self-conscious about our smiles, we smile more. Smiling releases endorphins, so this act can create a feedback loop of even more happiness! LOWER RISK OF ORAL PROBLEMS Individuals who whiten their teeth are more likely to maintain that bright shine for as long as possible through proper dental hygiene. Regular oral care is vital for preventing serious health risks like tooth decay and gum disease. During your next visit, don’t forget to ask about which whitening treatments we recommend. We can help you enjoy bright, beautiful teeth every day!
AND SPRING VEGETABLES BRAISED CHICKEN
This simple and delicious one-pot recipe is perfect for aweeknight. It only requires about 15minutes of hands-onwork, but it will taste like you spent all day building flavors. It’s a hearty comfort food that’s sure to delight eaters of all ages.
4 large carrots, cut into sticks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar
8 small bone-in chicken thighs
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
12 radishes, halved
Salt and pepper
1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. 2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Brown in pan for 6 to 7minutes per side. 3. Remove chicken from pan and scrape off excess fat. Add broth and stir in radishes, carrots, and sugar. 4. Return chicken to pan, placing on top of vegetables. Gently simmer with lid on pan for 15 to 20minutes. Finish with chives.
[Recipe inspired by Real Simple]www.eagleidahodental.com
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