Self image is important. Without a strong and resilient self image, one often suffers from self sabotaging thoughts and ideas about their life. One's teeth are an important component of self-image. Growing up, we were told by our parents and dentists to brush twice a day, floss regularly and use various mouthwash rinses to keep our teeth healthy. As kids, and even as adults, we often eat and consume sugary foods that mesh with the bacteria in our mouth creating decay. This decay causes issues such as cavities and excessive dental unhealthiness such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. If we fail to keep our teeth clean, they can become loose and/or need cosmetic care to be restored.
Since oral care is a part of self image, psychologically we are affected whenever a problem with our teeth arises. We want to do whatever is necessary to uphold the strong will and positivity that comes with good looking teeth and a healthy smile. When a tooth is lost due to poor dental hygiene or an accident, it can have debilitating effects on the human mind.
One has to adjust to live without their real teeth, especially in the case of patients who cannot afford implants and have to live out their years with missing teeth. The constant reminder affects one's mental stability. Edentulousness, also known as tooth problems, is often corrected via various medical methods.
[...] There is a question that can be posed as to how the patient allowed their teeth to get to the point where restoration was necessary, but that only highlights the problems and does not resolve the broken self esteem and image that comes with teeth loss or tooth issues. Since teeth are a main component of our human makeup, whenever there is an issue with one or several, the patient will do whatever they can to resolve the issue with the teeth. [...]
[...] The researchers found that motive power for the decision to undergo treatment seems to be a desire to restore dental status.” (“Edentulousness,” 2002) In other words, the patients felt their self image needed restoring due to the aging aspects and non hygienic nature of their oral health. The researchers noted that each of the categories that the patients were broken down into all had the same sense that life was not pleasing to them without healthy looking teeth. The category, becoming a deviating person, was named for patients whose teeth were in the process of deterioration, while the alterations category dealt more with patients who already had a removable prosthesis. [...]
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