With the holiday season just around the corner, we all have a lot to be thankful for; but are your teeth on that list? Think about it: your teeth will help you speak and catch up with family and friends over Thanksgiving dinner. They will be helping you to chew that turkey and pumpkin pie. Your teeth give support to your facial structure and create the smile you will be wearing for holiday photographs.

So are you thankful for your teeth this year? If not, you’re not alone.

Approximately one-third of Americans are unhappy with their teeth. Many people start to see the quality of their smile decline in their 30s and 40s, often due to lifestyle and health habits that wear down teeth over time. These can lead to speech alterations, decreased chewing function, pain – both in teeth and oral muscles, and maybe not surprisingly, diminished esthetics of your smile. According to one survey, 48 percent of people have untagged themselves from a social media photo specially because they didn’t like their smile.

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