A recent survey named the Philippines as the fifth happiest nation in the world, but I wouldn’t think it whenever I scroll through my social media feeds filled with sultry, smoldering selfies and coy, close-lipped smiles.
For a country labelled as one of the happiest in the world, we sure don’t like showing it!
I’m totally guilty of the squinch and the smize (or attempts at it) and feigning pain, boredom, and misery for photos. I have a perpetual case of 12-year old face and serious and mysterious help me look grown-up, okay! (Sometimes, it would backfire and I’d just end up looking like someone told me I can never have cats again.)
But I once knew someone who never smiled— not in photos, not in real life. Everyone thought it was so cute and so funny that she always looked ticked off but I just thought it was rude to always be scowling and looking bored.
I never liked her misery thing yet here I am, always channeling it in my photos. I try and make it a point to smile in my selfies now.
Do you like your teeth? Do you like your smile? I do. But REAL TALK: I’m really bad at going to the dentist every 6 months. I brush my teeth twice a day but I’m a total slacker when it comes to flossing. I have eight (!!!) teeth that need to be filled and I used to pay no attention to the type of toothbrush I use, only recently switching to the fancy Oral B Pro-Health Cross Action toothbrush.
I’m amazed my teeth are the way they are, really!
Smiling is one of the most natural things we do. It’s infectious, uplifting, and is also the easiest way to express positive feelings. I also tend to be in a better mood when I’m around people who smile, while people who are all frowns and scowls bring me down. We’re told almost everyday to smile, and for good reason!
I consider myself hahstag-blessed with a nice set of teeth, especially since the Philippines has the second worst rate of decayed, missing and filled teeth in Asia. Who would have thought??? Either we’re under the impression that teeth can care for themselves or many of us simply can’t afford regular visits to the dentist.
We’re seen as a happy, smiling nation but how can we stay true to our identity when oral care isn’t our priority?
A lot of people are under the impression that caring for your teeth and gums is expensive, but it’s mostly really just a matter of having good dental habits. Something as simple as brushing your teeth properly (making sure you massage your gums), flossing regularly, or even just choosing the right toothbrush already makes a world of difference.
Of course, oral health goes beyond having a pretty smile and pearly white teeth. I read that in many cases, the mouth mirrors the condition of the body as a whole while good oral health may actually prevent certain illnesses from occurring. Poor dental health and oral diseases also affect our quality of life and lead to other health problems. Scary! It’s really about time we paid more attention to the way we treat our gums, teeth, and mouth!