A few weeks ago, I was watching my favourite local magazine TV show called, “Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho.” The show talked about how each country has different standard of defining what a beautiful set of teeth is. Interestingly, the “beautiful teeth” standard for each place is shaped by their culture and lifestyle. Let me give you a rundown:
Africa’s Passion Gap
Did you know that in South Africa, they have the so-called Passion Gap or Cape Flats? It is a dental modification originating in specific areas like Cape Flats, Cape Town, South Africa in which men and women deliberately remove their top front teeth (maxillary incisors) for regional cultural fashion and status. The Passion Gap can be done to anyone as early as 11 years old.
Passion Gap (photo grabbed from Flickr)
They sport the Passion Gap for various reasons and one of this is for the improvement of a fisherman’s work. They believe that once they remove their front teeth, it will enable them to whistle louder to one another.
Yaeba literally means “double tooth” in Japan is a dental procedure, which sees the upper canines capped either permanently or temporarily. It is believed to give a sense of unique Japanese beauty that is associated with youthfulness.
Japan’s Double Tooth (photo c/o Huffpost)
The Smile that Wows the World
Correct me if I’m wrong but I think most Filipinos find a smile beautiful if it is flashed from a perfect set of white, aligned teeth.
The Philippines is known to the world for its resilience and exemplary display of happiness despite tough times and hardships. Our country has even made it to the #5 spot of United Nations’ List of Happiest Countries in the World poll last March. It is no doubt that the Filipinos are one of the happiest persons in the world today.
“Smile, though your heart is aching.” –Charlie Chaplin
(photo c/o Inquirer.net)
While writing this post and noting how we and other people perceive what a truly beautiful smile is, I realized that even though it is defined using different standards, it boils down to one thing. A beautiful smile comes from a courageous and kind heart. A smile is a universal language that connects the world despite the many differences we have.
I support Oral-B in their advocacy on improving our country’s state of oral health by addressing our individual oral health concerns. By taking care of our pearly whites by eating the right amount and kind of food, visiting our dentist for check-ups, and using the appropriate toothbrush we can be assured of an even better level of confidence as we smile. We won’t need the tooth fairy’s magic to achieve this to show the world how truly beautiful the Filipino smile is.
I am a firm believer of parenting by example. If we want to teach our children a habit or a virtue, we must model it first. This also applies to encouraging the younger ones about maintaining a good oral hygiene.
I recently came across the Oral B Pro-Health Cross Action Toothbrush.
The Oral B Pro-Health Cross Action Toothbrush provides superior cleaning with its unique 16-degree angle brush to remove 99% plaque and help prevent oral health problems.
As parents, we have the capacity to take part in improving our country’s oral health condition by starting in our own homes. Let us set a good example for our children by making tooth brushing time a fun experience for them.
Please check out the Oral B Pro-Health Cross Action Toothbrush and Oral-B Pro-Health Stages for kids toothbrush at your favourite supermarket and personal care stores.
Start the Beautiful Change
Now, we have all we need to make that beautiful, confident smile. At the same time, we are helping to improve our country’s oral health hygiene condition! As what Michael Jackson sung, “If we want to make a world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change.”
If we want to see this change happen in the Philippines, we should start with our own oral hygiene first. A good oral hygiene gives us confidence to face anyone, anytime, anywhere, making our life even more beautiful.
#SmilePilipinas! Your beautiful smile is our nation’s pride.