The Oral Health Effect
Confidence. We all know about the importance of self-confidence. It can help support our personal relationships. It can lead to career achievements. And it is a key ingredient in attaining success. Without it, however, great things seldom happen.
But where does it come from? How can you get it? And how can you keep it going strong?
We don’t have all the answers, but a recent survey of American adults sheds light on one very important factor. We’re calling it the “oral health effect.” The oral health effect is the boost or lift in self-confidence that people feel when they have healthy teeth.
How do we know about the oral health effect?
Recently, the folks at Delta Dental asked Americans what makes them feel confident as they face the day. The majority (67%) answered: oral health. The results come from The Adult’s Oral Health & Well-Being Survey.
For the majority of Americans, the self- confidence they gained from good oral health was greater than that from having clear skin (60%) or being in shape (57%). The survey also found that the majority of adults (85%) recognize that oral health is important to overall health. Delta Dental conducted the survey between December 13 and December 28, 2017.
The survey also shows the importance people place on smiling. It found that more than half of adults (53%) said their smile played a role in their overall success. In addition, it showed that most adults (70%) said a smile can “make or break a first impression.”
Using the oral health effect for success
The links between oral health and well-being are clear. A focus on oral health can help you to feel more confident and be more successful.
According to the survey, 76% of adults who see their dentist at least once each year say they like their smile. On the other hand, only 56% of people who don’t see their dentist at least once each year liked their smiles.
We’d all like our relationships, careers, and finances to be in excellent condition. The good news is that dedication to oral health seems to help. For example, the survey shows that adults who described themselves as “extremely dedicated to the health of their mouth, teeth and gums” were more likely than others to feel excellence in these areas.
To put the oral health effect to work for you, work on becoming more dedicated to the health of your mouth, teeth and gums. If you’re like most Americans, you’ll be glad you did.
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