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The Surprising Effects Of Good Dental Health On Your Career

Posted on November 04, 2021

“When you smile, the whole world smiles back at you”. When we present as happy, confident, and attractive,  people’s impression of us increases dramatically. When we invoke positive feelings about who we are, job opportunities, pay raises, and dating take off like a jet plane. First impressions are so important when meeting folks in critical situations, such as job interviews, presentations to clients, and blind dates.  Our smile sends out signals as to who we are, what we think of ourselves, and our capabilities.

When we talk about oral health and its effects on our careers, we are talking about your smile. 33% of young adults aged 18-34 find it difficult to smile and 28% feel that their smile negatively impacts them during an interview for a job.

The ADA has recently completed scientific testing that the bacteria found in the plaque between our teeth are also present in coronary artery disease, and in the amyloids of Alzheimer’s Disease. So having a healthy mouth and teeth will lead to better work productivity and career advances. Similarly, the British Dental Journal links whitened teeth to the perception of higher intellectual ability, better social skills, and relationship status. Conversely, yellow teeth decrease people’s estimation of you.

We have grown up with certain biases concerning our teeth due to popular culture. For example, missing front teeth often represent evil villains and buck teeth often represent an ignorant person. 

Common Assumptions About People With Poor Smiles

  1. They lack self-discipline
  2. They are lazy
  3. They are neglectful
  4. These people make bad lifestyle choices 
  5. They lack self-awareness

Positive Impacts Of A Healthy Bright Smile In The Workplace

  1. A white smile puts others at ease, makes co-workers more receptive to your ideas, and makes you more persuasive. 
  2. Alleviates stress thereby reducing pain, gaining ability to focus better, and less sick days. 
  3. Boosts self-esteem
  4. Stand out at an interview: A bright smile lowers blood pressure and makes us feel calmer under pressure. 
  5. Avoid sick days: A good smile creates positive emotions that release neurotransmitters, dopamine, endorphins and serotonin that will boost our immune response and help us be more creative. 
  6. Creates a positive work environment
  7. Makes you look younger and more vibrant
  8. Makes you more approachable, more magnetic, and easier to connect with. 
  9. Increases confidence
  10. Better team player
  11. Makes you happier which in turn will make those around you happier
  12. Inspires trust
  13. Increases your endurance which helps you to work more focused for a longer period of time
  14. Increase your immune system
  15. Stops inflammation, infection, and bad odors

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Good dental health stops decay, infections, bad breath, and supports good health for the rest of our body. Good dental health leads to beautiful smiles and beautiful smiles lead to success in your career as well as your personal life. At 209 NYC Dental, we are a multispecialty team. We are experts in Invisalign braces, porcelain veneers, tooth whitening and smile makeovers. Come see us, improve your smile, and improve your life.

About Dr. Steven Kafko

Guided by the belief that being a highly skilled specialist in a narrow field is better than being ordinary in everything Dr. Kafko has grown 209 NYC Dental into one of the leading NYC multi-specialty dental practices that it is today. Having extensive cross-specialty training with decades of experience, and strive to provide his patients with the most appropriate dental care Dr. Kafko succeeded in becoming an excellent diagnostic dentist. His skills to triage the most comprehensive dental treatment that a patient may require are highly appreciated by patients and his colleagues.

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