B10 PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY April 16 - 30, 2016 Healthy smile, healthy self-esteem By Robbie Pangilinan A healthy smile is not only beautiful, it is also important to maintain a healthy self-esteem. Studies have proven that dental health plays a significant role in the confidence of a person. People who are negatively con- scious about their smile do not feel good about interacting with others. Ask actor Carlos Agassi, who experienced the cruelty of showbusiness when it comes to physical appearance. “Peo ple can be judgmental and unforgiving when it comes to actors and actresses not looking good on the screen or in ads. And in this case, a nice smile, preferably with perfect teeth, can be your savior,” says the PersianFilipino star. “ A smile can make or break first impressions. So of course we want our smile to be the best,” says Agassi. Many people are unhappy and embarrassed with their smile. A strong correlation has been established between having bad teeth and low selfesteem. Yellow, crooked or missing teeth can affect one’s professional life dramatically, as it can reduce confidence. On the other hand, a good smile can have a dramatic effect on job interviews, meeting a new partner, making new friends and having a polished and confident professional look. But healthy teeth bring more than the admiration of fans and good first impressions. Oral health mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. When your mouth is healthy, chances are your overall health is good, too. On the other hand, if you have poor oral health, you may have other health problems. “Poor oral health can lead to problems like oral and facial pain largely due to infection of the gums that support the teeth and can lead to tooth loss; digestion problems because digestion begins with physical and chemi- cal processes in the mouth, and problems here can lead to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders,” explains the co-founder of Fashion Smile Dr. Farzaneh Shamsi. The other co-founder of Fashion Smile, Dr. Shahideh Nikbin, adds that mouth infections can even affect major organs and cause problems with the heart and other major organs. “For example, the heart and heart valves can become inflamed by bacterial endocarditis, a condition that affects people with heart disease. There is a relationship between gum or peri- WWW.PHILIPPINEASIANNEWSTODAY.COM odontal disease and health complications such as a stroke and heart disease. Other research shows that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases or diseases involving many organs or the whole body, have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems,” continues Dr. Nikbin. If you would like to improve your smile and boost your selfesteem, visit Fashion Smile today. Unit 601 Heart Tower 108 Valero St., Salcedo Village, 1227 Makati City. Call (02) 4787738, 09175092010 or 09178207827 for inquiries and appointments.