Is Oral Health Reducing Your Prospects for a New Year’s Kiss?

If you’re a bachelor, one of the most exciting traditions of New Year’s Eve is the New Year’s Kiss. It’s an invitation to flirt with an unattached girl at a New Year’s party, with the hope that you’re working towards something semi-meaningful. It could be the start of a great romance, depending on the turns the rest of the evening takes.

But if you don’t have good oral health, you might find that women are less receptive than you wish. Here’s why.

Is Oral Health Reducing Your Prospects for a New Year’s Kiss?

Discolored Teeth Make You Look Old

One of the most common complaints people have about the appearance of their smile is the color of their teeth. Discolored teeth are common, but they’re not harmless, especially if you’re looking for romance.

Because teeth naturally become stained over time, discolored teeth are associated with age. And because decayed and damaged teeth can become discolored, stained teeth make you look unhealthy. So, it’s no wonder that women are more likely to avoid getting close to you if your teeth are yellow, brown, or gray.

Missing Teeth Make You Look Unhealthy (and More)

Missing teeth are commonly reported as the most visible smile defect. When you have a missing tooth, people notice, and not in a good way. If you have one or more missing teeth, people make many snap judgments about you. One of the most common is that you’re unhealthy. They may also assume that you don’t take good care of yourself, and maybe that you don’t even know how to take good care of yourself.

One of the most widespread assumptions people make if you’re missing a tooth is that you’re not intelligent. But others are equally ungenerous, such as that you’re unsuccessful.

Gum Disease and Infected Teeth Mean Bad Breath

But it’s not always what women see that drives them off. Often, it’s what they smell that turns them off. And if you have gum disease or an infected tooth, it’s quite likely that what they smell is the foul scent of anaerobic bacteria.

Anaerobic bacteria don’t like oxygen, so they hide places away from oxygen, especially in your gums between them and your teeth or the interior of a tooth, where they can multiply in safety.

Improve Your Prospects for Next Year

If you’re unhappy with the way your oral health is affecting your romantic chances this year, you can do better next year if you improve your oral health. Teeth whitening can remove stains on your teeth so you look younger and healthier. But if you have one or more missing teeth, then dental implants can be used to make your smile look whole and healthy again.

If your teeth or gums are infected, it’s important to get them treated as soon as you can. The consequences are far more serious than missing out on a date: these can affect your overall health and may even be fatal if left untreated.

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in the Houston area who can help you get a healthy attractive smile, no matter the time of year, please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment with Dr. Scott Young, Purveyor of Fine Dentistry in The Woodlands.