The Smile that Attracts a Kiss

Introduction

When I first went to college, I chanced to meet a sophomore lady during my first year. She was beautiful in all aspects of her creation. I give a testimony here that ladies can indeed be beautiful. Her height was just perfect. The hair was set in the right places. The bone structure was without error. Her posture and mannerisms were awe inspiring. The gait was well measured. To make matters even better, she had the rare figure eight and hence, given to high fashion in college circles. She was in short, something to look at and every man’s dream. This was so, until the lady smiled. We will see the conclusion later.

Your face serves as the front office to your whole self. It creates the very first impression you would like other people to see. We can step out of our houses without taking a bath each morning, but rarely do we forget to wash our faces and more significantly, our mouths. This is because our facial outlook tells a lot about who we are. This article tries to show the effects of food on our teeth and how we can overcome negative results by consuming the right foods, apart from caring for our teeth. Good teeth give us an edge in social circles.

A nice smile with beautiful teeth

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A Smile

Your smile is an expression of joy or an indication that everything is okay. Better still, we always want to put our best foot forward escorted by a genuine pleasant smile. I’m not referring to that fake and almost elastic commercial smile that we often see on the receptionist’s face or on the air hostess and many others that clearly says “the manager compelled me to smile”. A forced smile tends to be obvious because it is quickly snuffed out or extinguished with a single negative utterance. A genuine smile will exhibit your inner sincere feelings.

Good smiles are welcoming to acquaintances, visitors and all. The smile draws people to you. It also speaks volumes about an institution through the worker. This is why your boss would like smiling workers at the gate, all the way to the high office. Who knows? It might just bring in that elusive coin. It feels better to be served by a smiling waiter or waitress in a hotel.

We can only smile when our teeth look good and attractive. Discoloured teeth work negatively on one’s self esteem. I have met many beautiful girls and handsome men who avoid smiling in public. This can be an issue of concern among the youth with regard to character formation.

I have met many important people and friends who have very bad breathe. Sitting near them can be an agonizing experience. Kissing would be a punishment if such people happened to be your intimate friends or spouses. Something needs to be done about bad breathe. Next time you want to kiss your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband and they gently turn away, ensure to check your breathe and dental hygiene. Always ask yourself whether your smile can attract a kiss from your loved one or not.

Foods that turn your smile on

Everybody likes chewing something good. This is driven by our need to meet the body’s nutritional needs. Hunger also calls for food. The task of chewing is delegated to the teeth in our mouths which chew approximately 1500 grams of food in a day on the minimum. Our teeth therefore, need to be healthy in order to perform this task efficiently.

There are certain types of food that enhance our teeth’s outlook and performance. They effectively ensure and insure healthy teeth. These foods enable you to smile with confidence without the fear that comes with stained or discoloured teeth.

Dentists recommend that we ought to consume foods that are high in nutrients like protein, calcium and vitamins, but rather low in sugar, if we desire to have healthy teeth.

Such foods include:

Milk; retards or stops acidic activities in starches consumed during breakfast and main meals.

Peanuts; are rich in nutrients but barely have any sugar.

Yoghurt; prevents corrosive activities of acids in food from damaging our teeth.

Cheese; increases the flow of saliva in the mouth, washing away corrosive acids.

Eggs; have a high concentration of protein which is a potent nutrient.

Meat, raw vegetables and fruits; are low in sugar but rich in protein and vitamins.

Water; should be consumed in copious amounts to keep our mouths clean.

Foods that turn your smile off

There are three occasions when my teeth have succeeded in wiping out my smile. These were days when I couldn’t avoid my dentist who insisted on extracting my cracked, rotten molars. It made me resolve to care for my teeth more often than I used to.

There are foods that we love so much despite their negative contribution towards our teeth. Such foods should be consumed with care and should always be followed with a thorough wash of our teeth to prevent tooth decay, acidity and foul breathe. Tooth decay or discoloration completely wipes out smiles from our faces.

My dentist warned me against consuming the following foods:

Acidic foods; Acidity erodes our enamel making teeth vulnerable to attack by bacteria.

Foods that stain teeth; These include tea, red wine, coffee, berries and curry.

Extremely sweet foods; Foods like candy, cakes, soda, jelly, biscuits increase sugar in the mouth as a perfect breeding condition for bacteria.

Sticky foods; raisins, sultanas, dates and butter from peanuts tend to stick on teeth.

Hot or cold foods; change mouth temperature causing sudden expansion or contraction of teeth.

Serious consequences of neglecting our teeth

Plaque is a colorless cavity-causing substance containing food particles and bacteria that build upon teeth. Plaque also causes gum disease.

Tartar is an accumulation of hardened plaque that results in cavities and gum disease.

Gingivitis is a disease arising from plaque deposits which afflict gums. It is characterized by red swollen bleeding gums and mouth sores.

Bad breathe is caused by a deposit of plaque on the teeth’s surface which attracts bacteria leading to tooth decay with a smelly outcome.

Her smile definitely earned the kiss mmmmwaaah

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Oral hygiene and care for your teeth

Good oral hygiene keeps the dentist away by removing the buildup of harmful plaque and preventing bacteria from getting their habitat. It leaves your mouth healthy and smelling better. There are many things you can do to improve your oral hygiene. My dentist often advises me to use the following:

Toothpaste and tooth brush; Brush your teeth twice each day using fluoride toothpaste.

Flossing helps remove plaque from gaps between our teeth.

A good mouthwash should be used to rinse the mouth twice daily after meals.

Tooth picks help in removing foods that stick in between teeth.

Arrange to see your dentist every six months for cleaning and checkup.

Conclusion

In conclusion to my story at the beginning, the sophomore lady at the beginning of my story would rarely smile. Now, life is so full of humour that we cannot remain without smiling for long. My cute lady would often find herself bursting out in laughter to a funny remark issued by some fellow who was born to make us happy. A look at her teeth when in laughter, revealed teeth that were so discoloured that they reminded me of chocolate. I was initially shocked that such a sweet thing would end up with brown teeth. My surprise turned to sympathy and then empathy later on. I realized she coped better than I thought. You can’t imagine my joy when I saw a young man came by, swept her off her feet and married her in church just before she could complete her studies. She came back after her honeymoon to finish her course and they lived happily ever after. So, keep your teeth clean. You might just attract a kiss

Please be honest in your answer

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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi jpcmc,

It seems like your companies need to take greater care of their employees than they do. Healthy workers make better contended workers with obvious returns to the company and nation too. Teeth need proper care for good health. Thanks for taking time to stop by, reading through and commenting on my article.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Companies here in the Philippines don't pay much attention to the dental health of their employees. Unlike some other countries, employees get dental benefits. Here's it's usually included in the medical insurance. Unfortunately, it is just half-heartedly scrapping of the teeth in the guise of dental ygiene.


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi gabgirl,

Thanks for taking time to read through my hub. It really motivates me. I'm glad you found something of interest here. There are indeed foods that feed bacteria with the sugar they need to cause bad breath in our mouths. I ensure to brush and gurgle often after each meal.

Your lips are an attractive feature of your face. When coupled with a gape to reveal your clean sparkling teeth, that provides a recipe for a healthy kiss.

Clean teeth have a way of drawing others to us.

You ought to smile more often. I love smiling people around me. It eases life's frequent and unexpected vagaries.

I just saw a lady wedding a blind man. The shape of your teeth shouldn't be an issue of concern. There are people with major issues. What we want most is the person in you.

You definitely don't look like bugs bunny and, You actually put a smile on my face. Take care ;)


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gabgirl12 4 years ago

Very useful. I didn't know there were foods that could actually cause bad breath. At first when I read this hub, I thought it was going to be more about the psychology involved with kissing or types of kissing. It's great to be surprised and see how a healthy smile can be such an influence. I don't smile very often but that's because I don't like the way my teeth are shaped. I think I look like bugs bunny. :P


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi burryrutherford,

Thanks for posting a complimentary remark. It goes a long way towards motivating me on. You are most welcome. By the way, I like your avatar.


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barryrutherford 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

Very important Hub well done!


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi Joyce,

I'm sorry for reminding you about flossing if it caused offence after undergoing such an operation. I like your humour though, and the fact that I'm a humanoid.

There is something great in being an earthling coz we have to go through similar experiences.

I had two painful tooth extractions that I never seem to forget. It made me curse my dentists often after 3 hour ordeals on two occasions at their mercy.

Thanks for adding value to my hub through your comment and please come again


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Anjili, I'm so glad you are a humaniod other I would be worried, haha.

You've written a great hub. Flossing is very important, this is something I didn't believe in until I had Gingivitis which meant had to have some parts of my gums cut away, ouch!Voted up and interesting, Joyce.


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi Bravewarrior,

Thanks for your observation. It is a prudent idea because a lot of plaque collects on our tongues. My personal problem is gagging on my toothbrush when doing it. I wonder how others manage better than me. I should try a refresher course. Thanks once more.

Hi Michele Travis,

Thanks for your visit and remarks. I wish you good health. I thought it wise to pass on a more comprehensive answer than I did earlier. I'm sure your doctor has already mentioned the foods that will increase the levels of calcium in your body.

I had mentioned earlier in my hub about dairy products. To be more specific, ensure to take parmesan cheese, cheddar, ricotta and mozarella cheeses. Both skimmed and low fat milk are high in calcium.

Ensure to eat tinned pilchards for high calcium levels. Forget not tinned salmon and sardines, deep-fried with bones.

Sesame seeds, fresh cooked spinach, raw watercress, sweetened low-fat yoghurt, fruits, dark leafy vegetables, cooked broccoli will all ensure a more than adequate supply of calcium in your diet.

They will pep you up on your road to better health. I hope this will be of greater help than I had quickly mentioned earlier. They also tend to be more tasty compared with medicine. Take care and please do come again.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Thanks for writing this hub. I have epilepsy and a lot of the medication I take for it, takes calcium out of the body. So, not only do I take calcium, I need to take good care of my teeth. This hub had taught me some great things.

Voted you up!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Another practice we should exercise when brushing our teeth is brushing the tongue! As far back as you can go.


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Thanks Marcy,

I greatly appreciate your supportive comments. Your smile speaks tonnes. Thanks again for passing by. Do come again


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Such great information! Thanks for the detailed list of how we can make our smiles speak volumes!


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi teaches12345,

I'm glad you found time to read through my hub and better still, commented on it. Thanks for your encouragement. Your observation about food is correct in that the deficiencies we experience come in form of chemicals. The more we replenish them by natural means, the better the results. Thus, food plays a major role in our lives. It was a pleasure having you here. Take care. Lol


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I found your topic quite interesting and full of helpful information. It is amazing how food affects our general health.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

I will, Anjili! You present interesting subject matter.


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi bravewarrior.

Thanks for your quick response to my hub. Life is full of interesting experiences that often blend very well. I like your comparison of the two approaches. I just happened to recall my college experience when I was collecting the facts. It crossed my mind as a case worth mentioning due to the smile and dental angle. Thanks for your support and do come again.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Nice hub, Anjili! I answered your poll, however, I brush my teeth 4-6 times a day! I brush after each time I eat and I brush when my mouth feels icky. I smoke, so my mouth does get to feeling icky throughout the day!

This is an important subject to bring up. To add to the subject of beauty until someone opens their mouth (and to sidetrack a bit!), the same goes for a beautiful woman who has a hard accent, as in the lead character of "Nanny". To me, that's as unattractive as bad teeth!

I've probably offended some here, but then again, so will those who have bad teeth!

Voted up and useful!

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