Americans are dropping out of the Middle Class along with their teeth…

By December 5, 2011 January 2nd, 2020 No Comments

First impressions matter, and a failed first impression is hard to overcome.  One of the most important factors in a first impression, from future employers to prospective lovers, is a winning smile.  In fact, a good smile has become so important over the last thirty or so years it has become “a test” for whether someone is part of the middle class.  Here’s what we use to test a smile:

  • Do they have clean teeth (free of decay),
  • straight teeth, and
  • and (increasingly) white teeth?

The smile test is, first a foremost, a measure of how well you take care of yourself.  Your health.  It answers the questions:  Do you have healthy and (potentially) productive habits?  Are you presentable or are you a distraction?  However, in many ways it’s an even better test of whether a person can afford access to or has invested in various levels of dentistry services.  Here’s the scale to determine whether someone is in the global middle class or not: cosmetic dentist london

  1. Basic Dentistry for teeth free of decay.  If you haven’t paid for this, you are definitely NOT part of the global middle class, like it or not.   (Hilarious Example:  When they were younger and good looking, my brothers occasionally played a bar trick where they would first get the attention of a young woman.  Then they would then turn away, insert a set “gnarly teeth” with tooth decay, turn back, and smile.  The woman’s reaction to these teeth was immediate, visceral, and dramatic.  Regardless of whether you think my brothers are jerks or not, the lesson is the same: the quality of your teeth matter, a lot more than you might think)
  2. Orthodonture for straight teeth.  Increasingly, orthodontic care and/or naturally straight teeth, have become a standard for middle class entry.
  3. Cosmetic Dentistry for white/smooth teeth.  Not quite mainstream yet, but getting there due to dropping costs and home care kits….dental implants london

From Necessity to Luxury

Given that…

  • commercial/personal success is highly correlated to a good smile,
  • the increasing amounts new information that connect tooth decay to serious health risk, and
  • historical evidence that dentistry has been an recession proof industry (during good times and bad, people kept up their teeth)…

Resilient Dental Care

So, what can be done?

  1. Don’t drop your standards.  Clean, healthy teeth aren’t a luxury.  They are a necessity!!
  2. Keep all of you dental care as up to date as possible.  Things are likely to get worse, and any dental issue you have today is going to be much, much difficult to deal with later when things get really rough.
  3. Constant care.  DIY the basics!!  The best strategy in tooth care is ALWAYS defense.  An electric tooth brush is a must (10x better than standard) at least two times a day.  Floss at least daily…
  4. Barter with a dentist.  Many of the dentists I know will actually swap services for care.  Another recommendation (from the comments) is to go to a Dentistry school if it is nearby.
  5. Longer term, as conditions worsen, entice a dentist to join the resilient community (see below) you are building if you don’t already have one.  They will be a valuable asset long term and can train others in the future as replacements or a source of income..

FINAL  NOTE:  As you probably know by now, I’m one of the leading proponents of building networked resilient communities (on that note:  I have some big announcements in store on this front, so stay tuned).  Essentially, these are communities that can locally produce most of the products and services required for a happy and prosperous life (without much support from the global system).  Unfortunately, building a fully functional resilient community is a difficult and long process (particularly if you are bootstrapping it).  It’s best not to view it as something that needs to happen overnight, as if some big event/disaster is about to happen tomorrow morning.  Instead, view it as a journey.  Each step you take will make a difference.  So, keep moving forward, standing still isn’t an option if you want to survive/succeed in the future! …read more

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