I Love Your Smile: The Importance of Having Good Teeth for Dating
What is it about a nice smile that affects people in the way that it does? Advertisers and marketers have long understood the psychological importance of a smile — people flashing their shiny white teeth under a big bright smile appear in almost every ad we see. But while the aesthetic benefits are obvious, there are numerous other reasons to have a good set of teeth — not least of which is in trying to attract a significant other.
For men and women alike, having good oral hygiene can be a very significant quality. Smiles are the most immediate way to make an impression — it shows you’re having a good time, that you like a person, and that you have confidence. And if you spew a pickup line with a dirty mouth, well — that pretty much defeats the purpose, now doesn’t it?
Here are some of the reasons having a good smile is good for you and your significant other.
To start, there’s the obvious benefit of having a good smile — it makes you look better. But not only does it make you look better, it also shows that you take a certain amount of care when it comes to your physical appearance. And don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a vain reason — studies have been done showing that the better you look, the more successful you are. And while we can’t all control every part of our appearance, when it comes to something like good oral hygiene, there’s no reason not to have some nice pearly whites.
When women talk to guys, one of the most noticeably flirtatious gestures is to glance from the eyes to the mouth and back to the eyes. And if their gaze falls on a bunch of crooked yellow teeth, you can bet that when their eyes return to yours they won’t be saying the same thing.
After all, there’s a reason parents sometimes spend tens of thousands of dollars on their kids’ teeth — they know that in the long run, having that perfect smile will help them in everything from their professional to their romantic lives. So if you’re a parent thinking about getting your kids braces — think of it as an investment, rather than an expense.
The Stench Kiss
It’s well known that not taking proper care of your teeth greatly increases the risk of gingivitis and halitosis — otherwise known as “bad breath,” and this has obvious repercussions when you’re trying to lock lips with a loved one. But not only is it unpleasant, you’re also much more likely to transmit nasty disease-causing bacteria if you don’t brush properly.
However, in addition to brushing, flossing is a great way to decrease your risk of gum disease and increase the pleasure of your make-out sessions. This is because flossing is one of the only ways to get hard-to-reach food out from between your teeth -and there’s nothing that’ll kill the romance faster than your partner getting an unexpected taste of your afternoon lunch.
‘Til Death Do Us Part
The health benefits of having good teeth go well beyond just avoiding gingivitis — a healthy set of teeth can protect you from other diseases and ailments later on down the line. For instance, the same bacteria that cause gum disease can spread to other parts of the body and increase your risk of a heart attack, stroke, diabetes and even premature birth. And when you make that final step towards matrimony, I doubt you want to fulfill that whole “’til death do us part” thing before you even get started.
That being said, it can’t be understated how big of a role cigarette smoking plays in determining your oral hygiene. Aside from the increased risk of mouth cancer (which is pretty hard to put aside), cigarette smoking doubles your chances of developing severe gum disease and also makes you FOUR times more likely to develop periodontitis — which is the main source of tooth loss in adults. So for your sake and for your family’s sake, snub out that cigarette and save yourself a world of trouble.
Because I doubt you want to lose your teeth before your toddler does.
Never Say Never
So you never had braces, you’re all grown up and looking for someone to love but you don’t know what to do. Well my first bit of advice — don’t fret. Contrary to popular belief, people often get braces later in life when their financial situation stabilizes or their health insurance kicks in. And you don’t need to worry about big metal brackets causing your teeth to shine — improving methods in orthodontics are making the sign of braces disappear altogether. Some of the options include tooth-colored braces, clear and removable braces such as Invisalign and even lingual braces which are fitted behind the teeth — so when you smile to that hottie from across the bar, you won’t even need to worry about her mistaking you for a 16 year old.
But even without braces, there are always simple steps that can be taken to improve that smile without too much fuss. Brushing, flossing and making regular trips to the dentist will work wonders in preventing sticky plaque build-up, whitening your teeth and preventing disease. So when you finally do go in for that kiss, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that your mouth is clean — even if your thoughts are dirty.
*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.