There are many health and aesthetic reasons to having healthy teeth, but one of the more intriguing is the notion that people with good teeth have better sex lives. Is there any truth to it? Check out these studies and give us a call if are a believer 🙂
People With Straight Teeth Make a Better Impression
If you’re looking for a first date with someone new, having good teeth can help you leap those initial hurdles faster. According to the Smile Survey by Kelton Research in 2012, two in five Americans would not go on a second date with someone who has crooked teeth and more than half believe someone with crooked teeth would be less likely to land a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience. Finally, nearly one in four reported that the smile is the feature that lingers longest in their memory.
A study from the UK revealed that white smiles and evenly spaced teeth are strong factors of a good first impression. The British Dental Health Foundation revealed that 56 percent of survey respondents rated the smile highly as an indicator of attractiveness. White teeth actually ranked higher than the face (53 percent), eyes (51 percent), and height (25 percent) when a asked about overall attractiveness.
Your Smile May Indicate Good Health
Researchers from Leeds and Central Lancashire speculated that the importance of good teeth is associated with perceived good health and genes which potentially makes for a better mate. The Smile Survey echoed this conclusion, revealing that people are 47 percent more likely to think someone with straight teeth has good overall health, and 38 percent more likely to perceive that same person as being smart.
Do Better Smiles Get More Dates?
Now here is where the rubber meets the road, or where good teeth meet their mate. The Smile Survey revealed that people with better smiles often have an easier time getting dates. Based on a picture alone, people with straight teeth are 57 percent more likely to get a date than those with crooked teeth. Your teeth can hurt your chances of getting a second date as well. More than a third of respondents would opt out of a second date because of crooked teeth, while only 23 percent would decline if their date was still living with their parents.
The Link Between Dental Hygiene and Sexual Performance
There also may be a link between dental hygiene and erectile dysfunction. An Israeli study revealed that 15 percent of men with moderate to severe cases of erectile dysfunction also had chronic gum disease. Meanwhile, chronic gum disease was present in only 2 percent of men without erectile dysfunction. The link isn’t coincidental. Oral bacteria can travel through the bloodstream and reduce blood flow throughout the body, even impacting the essential blood flow necessary for an erection.
Making the Most of Your Smile
Though there are many factors that come into play from that first smile to a third date, there is ample evidence that points to a distinct link between good teeth and a better chance of obtaining an active sex life.
With some time and effort, you can get the smile you want. Dr. Schlang is well equipped with the latest technologies and skills for your smile makeover. If these studies are right, you might just get some additional benefits with your new pearly white smile.