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I’m generally not conscious of my looks… anymore. But I’ve been through that stage where I always felt insecure of every bone in my body. I attribute it to every single glossy magazine I’ve read that featured models with perfect bone structure, Photoshopped-to-death skin wearing beautifully-tailored clothes that seem to just ‘hang’ on their bodies. I’m glad I’ve overcome that stage – because I tortured myself going through different no-rice or no-meat or low-carb or all-of-the-above diet that just made me miserable as heck.
But if there’s one thing I’m still insecure about – it’s my teeth. In photos, I never really show any ‘megawatt’ Hollywood red carpet-worthy smile. This is because I’ve suffered through a huge bicycle accident when I was 8 years old causing me to fracture my two front teeth which are now full porcelain jacket crowns. Ever since then, I’ve never really been fully confident to smile. I mean, they’re just two broken teeth, but I felt like I lost my whole set after the accident. I hid my uncensored full-on grin since and until now, I still feel ashamed about it (I’m with the best dental clinic now though – GAOC – who are fixing this!).
Are we really confident with our smiles?
As Filipinos, we’ve been called a “Happy, Smiling Nation”. Sure, we are generally happy people (even after centuries of oppression from former colonists which in hindsight, should have made us belligerent, distrustful citizens). But there seems to be a discord between how we pride ourselves as a smiling country to our own individual states of oral health (I’m not just basing this on my own experience! Evidently, most Filipinos are quite conscious with their teeth). Filipinos, when asked to smile in camera, tend to hide their teeth (guilty!!).
A recent study shows that when asked about the state of oral health in the country, young professionals in particular feel that since we’re considered to be a “Happy, Smiling Nation”, our oral health is definitely in check. But when asked about their individual states, most responded in a very lukewarm matter, even stating that there are huge rooms for improvement in theirs.
When asked if they themselves have good oral health, “Well, I brush my teeth twice a day. Is that good enough?”
The first step to better oral health
Unfortunately, brushing your teeth twice or thrice a day may not be enough to ensure you’re actively pursuing the way to better oral health. If you’re not using the most efficient toothbrush, it may just be as bad as not brushing your teeth at all (okay, maybe not as disgusting, but you get my point!).
To address this issue, the folks over at Oral B have developed the Pro-Health Cross Action toothbrush which provides superior (not just mediocre!) cleaning with its unique 16-degree angle brush to remove 99% plaque and help prevent oral health problems in the future.
How can we truly be confident to be part of a happy, smiling nation if we can’t be confident with our own smiles, right? While I can’t do anything about my porcelain-covered front teeth anymore (I could only accept them ha!), I’ve taken to focusing on taking care of my 30 other healthy teeth. Maybe someday I’ll be confident to show that megawatt smile again. We’ll see.
Oral B urges all Filipinos to make that first step and choose the right toothbrush so together, we can all #SmilePilipinas.
*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Oral B Philippines.
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