Surveys have shown that both men and women see a great smile as the single most important factor in attraction. A smile communicates more than just interest. It gives the observer clues as to your eating and hygiene habits, your overall health, and how much care you put into your appearance. Here are a few ways that your oral health can make or break you in the dating game.
Clean Teeth Make a Great First Impression
When people look for prospective mates, they are typically attracted to good health, and a shiny white smile can make a person far more attractive than they would be otherwise. However, plaque buildup and stains can communicate to a potential partner that you don’t care that much about taking care of yourself. By practicing excellent oral hygiene and seeing your dentist regularly, you can stack the cards in your favor for the next time you approach an attractive individual.
Bad Breath Is Date Repellent
People often underestimate the importance of smell when it comes to attraction and socialization. While people will generally take care to shower and apply perfume or cologne before going out on a date, many will forget to tend to their breath. While brushing and flossing can eliminate much of the bacteria and food debris that cause bad breath, antibacterial mouthwash can provide the finishing touch by killing more than 99% of bad breath germs on contact. This will prevent tooth decay and gum disease while also leaving your breath fresh and classy for your big date.
Poor Dental Health Can Lead to Major Overall Health Problems
Many people in the dating world are looking for a long-term relationship and want someone who will be strong and help support them in the long run. Many people do not realize that untreated tooth decay and gum disease can lead to dangerous secondary infections such as sepsis or pneumonia. The stress of constantly fighting these chronic infections can strain the endocrine system, making an individual more likely to develop or worsening an existing case of type II diabetes. Untreated gum disease and tooth decay may also increase the risks of developing heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Dental health is a key part of making that killer first impression. Consulting with your dentist can help you achieve a more ideal and attractive smile.
About the Author
Dr. Alexandria N. Arditti earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the prestigious Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. She is a member of the California Dental Association and seeks to deliver excellent dental healthcare and remarkable results to all of her patients. Her office in Huntington Beach, CA offers preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry. To schedule a dental appointment before your next big date, contact her office online or dial (714) 592-4294.