Bad dates can be the result of all sorts of things. Maybe you and the other person have opposing personalities, interests, or priorities. However, it could also be that poor oral hygiene is getting in the way. Recent research has discovered the link between dating and dental health, including how it helps or hurts your chances in romance.
To help you learn whether your mouth is the issue, here’s a summary of the dating-dental link and how to make it work for you.
The Link Between Dating and Dental Health
As it turns out, most people want dates with nice teeth. A Match.com survey of over 5,000 people found that 58% of men and 71% of women, respectively, considered a good smile the biggest “must-have” in a partner. One survey researcher thus concluded that white teeth signal good health, meaning they reveal whether someone is physically fit or not.
Many people also prefer dating those who have good breath. A survey by the UK’s Dental Law Partnership showed that 45% of respondents consider bad breath as the biggest romantic turn-off. About 57% in a DentaVox survey stopped dating someone because of foul-smelling mouth. Furthermore, an Oral Health Foundation survey from 2019 states that a whopping 85% of British adults wouldn’t go on a second date with a person who has bad breath.
How to Win at Dating
Thankfully, you can improve your dental health and make yourself more attractive to dates.
To get cleaner, healthier, and shinier teeth:
- Practice Proper Brushing: Specifically, brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice daily for two minutes.
- Use Fluoridated Toothpaste: This type of toothpaste strengthens tooth enamel and better protects you from cavities.
- Don’t Forget to Floss: Floss once daily to remove leftover food from your mouth, stimulate your gums, remove plaque, and lessen gum inflammation.
- See Your Dentist: Visit the dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups. A dental practice could also whiten your teeth to give you a brighter, better smile.
To freshen your breath:
- Clean Your Tongue Regularly: Plaque and bacteria can build up on your tongue, so remember to brush and scrape it with approved tools.
- Use Mouthwash: An oral rinse can reduce acid in the mouth, clean hard-to-brush places, and remove foul odors all at once.
- Chew Sugar-Free Gum: Not only do most types of gum freshen your breath, but some also have ingredients that boost oral health.
Bad dental care hurts both your body and your relationship prospects. That said, follow the steps above so your beautiful smile comes with a beautiful love life!
About the Practice
University Dental Professionals is a long-standing practice in Chicago, Illinois, having helped dental patients for over thirty years. Thanks to their large team of expert dentists, they offer comprehensive dentistry that spans preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments. These services combine high quality and affordability to ensure anyone can get a great smile at a fair price. For more information or to book an appointment, they can be reached at their website or by phone at (773)-684-5702.