First-Impressions

When you meet someone new, it’s that first smile that can make the biggest impact.

In 2012, Kelton Global, an international research and marketing company conducted a “smile survey.” The research study found that 48% of the people surveyed believe that a smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone.

The other day, I got a call from a friend who recently started dating again. She met someone using an on-line dating service and it seemed she had met her perfect match. They spoke several times on the phone and after a few weeks, they met up for their first date. The big night came but unfortunately, it became a big let down.

I called her to ask how the date went and she told me, “He was a nice guy but I was put off by his crooked yellow teeth and bad breath.”

Mr. Right didn’t practice good dental hygiene and as a result a potential great relationship ended with hello.

One of the easiest ways to care for your teeth is regular brushing and flossing. It is essential to remove plaque and stain-producing substances, as well as preventing bad breath and tooth decay. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, bacteria accumulate on the bits of food left in your mouth and between your teeth. The sulfur compounds released by these bacteria make your breath smell.

Persistent Bad breath could also be a sign of a serious gum infection called periodontitis. If left untreated periodontitis will eventually result in tooth loss and may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and other health problems.

When you want to make a great first impression, start with good dental hygiene, regular brushing and flossing and visiting us every 4 to 6 months for a dental check-up and cleaning.

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