(WTNH) –Listerine has recently published a survey on how oral health greatly affects social situations. Marysol had a chance to chat with Dr. Gail Saltz, a relationship expert and bestselling author, about those findings.
The study found that 8 out of 10 Americans believe that they have a healthy mouth. However, this is not the case. Dr. Saltz states that oral health goes beyond having no cavities and brushing your teeth. A healthy mouth has genuinely healthy teeth and gums that are made strong by using mouthwash, flossing, and seeing a dentist twice a year.
Listerine found that oral health has grand effects on social situations. Oral health can affect personal confidence, relationship issues, and how one relates to others. It even can affect one’s career whether it pertains to interviewing well, making a speech, or asking for a promotion. People also have an innate human tendency to be attracted to people who look healthy and hygienic. Smell is a large part of attraction. Seven out 10 people stated that bad breath was a deal breaker. Bad breath also ranked higher than other deal breakers such as chewing with your mouth open, spitting while you talk, and texting during dinner!