If you have a big date for Valentine’s Day, it’s natural to feel nervous. Whether it’s your first date after years on your own or a special anniversary for you and your long-time Valentine, you want to look and feel your best. You’ve found the perfect outfit and location for the date, but what about your mouth? Oral health is often sadly neglected, and it should be one of the first things people pay attention to.
Clean and Healthy Teeth: The Key to Attracting a Mate
Dates are all about assessment, and it’s safe to assume that any potential love interest you meet is going to pay attention to your mouth. A survey from CosmaLite found that 62 percent of people noticed a potential partner’s smile before their eyes or body type, and another 31.3 percent ranked bad breath as the number-one turn off.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, up to 96 percent of adults believe that a beautiful grin makes a person more appealing to potential romantic partners. While this is likely more associated with confidence and a friendly attitude than it is the physical attributes, if a lack of confidence causes the person to hide their mouth, then the results will be the same.
Most communication is non-verbal. Your smile plays a big role in letting your Valentine know how you feel. It’s a huge communicative tool that will go to waste if you don’t feel confident enough to use it. On top of turning off potential partners in general, the fears about bad breath or discolored teeth often keep people from smiling big, wasting one of their biggest gifts. It’s such a shame when you consider how easily these problems can be corrected.
Poor Oral Hygiene: A Red Flag
No one wants to kiss someone with poor oral hygiene for physical reasons alone, but many will also consider a lack of self-care to be a major red flag. Anyone can clean up nicely for one date, but unless you continue to practice good oral hygiene habits, you won’t reap the results. It’s easy to get lazy about properly brushing and flossing, and everyone has a bad day here and there, but long-term neglect of your oral health is a sign that you’re lacking self-esteem.
If you want to display real confidence, you have to make an everyday practice of caring for your mouth. Along with brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash designed to help fight plaque and tartar, a good brightening toothpaste can work wonders.
Preparing in Advance: See Your Dentist Early
The safest way to guarantee your oral health will be in top shape for Valentine’s Day is to schedule a visit to your dentist’s office a week or two before. If you want to be safe, do it a month in advance. This will allow time to get any major issues taken care of before the big day arrives. You can also have your teeth cleaned, get a whitening treatment and ask your dentist for tips on making your mouth look and feel its best.
Even if you don’t have a romantic partner or Valentine’s Day date this year, you are still worthy of a fresh and healthy mouth. Don’t fall into depression and let yourself go. You never know when you might meet a potential Valentine, and when you do, you’ll be glad you had that gorgeous smile ready.
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