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Since I was all dressed up for an event that morning, I decided to make the most out of the day and my outfit by taking my cat out for a stroll on our village’s park. I’m a very simple person; I know I joke around a lot by saying I’m the most predictable and bland person I know but I’ve never seen it as a flaw. The thing is, I like to enjoy the “small things”–I think they’re enough reason to smile. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realise that it’s never worth it to bemoan about the things you don’t have… it’s not good for your mental and emotional health, and it doesn’t do anyone any favours–least of all, yourself.
I like to take on each day being an ounce bit more thankful for the things we tend to take for granted. Things like:
- Waking up (No really)
- Getting to have control over your body and being able to direct it to do whatever it is that you want or need to do
- Being greeted by your loved ones
- Being able to see and interact with other people whether you like them or not
- Tasting good and scrumptious food
- Having responsibilities and knowing that people trust you enough to give you some
- Making decisions for yourself
- Listening to good music
- Seeing a frenzy of colours be it bold and vivid or mute and soft
- Going to sleep at night knowing “tomorrow” is another day
Speaking of “smiling” and reasons to… did you know that the Philippines is known to be the nation of “happy” people—ones who always find reasons to smile regardless of the economical or political state of the country. Our humor is often unparalleled and our ability to remain optimistic despite all odds is what makes us unique. I take pride in being a Filipino and being part of a country that has a joyful disposition no matter what.
However, given our propensity to face every single day with a smile on our faces, are we, as a nation, confident to show our teeth? A lot of people would think yes because Filipinos are one of the neatest races (I mean, we do love to bathe—so much so that we do it more than once a day). I’ve noticed that a lot of Filipinos tend to smile with their lips pursed and when asked why, more often than not, they would always say that it’s because they’re “conscious” of their teeth.
As a country that smiles a lot, I believe that we should go all-out and show our teeth. To avoid being conscious, we have to ensure that our oral health is well taken-care of. We can only do so if we visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings, and brushing our teeth at least twice a day. More than using the right toothpaste (which is very important), we also have to make sure that the tool we use to brushing our teeth is the best. I personally prefer using Oral B Pro-Health cross-action toothbrush as it provides superior cleaning with its unique 16-degree angle brush that helps prevent 99% plaque and other oral health problems.
When you use the right tooth brush and put the best oral health practice up front, you can #SmilePilipinas.
Given my excellent gum health, that’s why I’m always ready to smile. Life is wonderful, do I hear an Amen? Here are some more photos: