I’ve always been proud of my smile. I endured weekly orthodontic appointments braces for years as a tween and teen and once they came off I was so excited to flash my pearly whites!
Most of us take oral care for granted. In fact, while more than 8 in 10 people think that they have a healthy mouth, the truth is that most Americans suffer from some form of oral disease. If you slip up on your oral care, it can impact your career opportunities, confidence and even personal relationships.
A few years ago I had issues with a crown and I had a horrible time cleaning around it. It actually got to the point where I carried dental floss and a toothbrush and toothpaste with me AT ALL TIMES. I was working in an office and meeting clients and so worried about the impact of my smile and breath. We regularly visit our dentist for cleanings (every 6 months) and thankfully my last few visits have been successful as have the girls. I know that having a bright, fresh smile can boost my confidence if I am speaking at a networking event or meeting with a potential client. I’ve just started promoting my own freelance business, so confidence is key! Not to mention establishing good oral hygiene habits sets a good example for my girls.
Listerine recently conducted a survey about the social implications of poor oral health. Poor oral health can negatively impact the impression you make on a potential employer or clients. Here are some interesting data points from Listerine’s recent survey:
- Nearly 7 in 10 Americans think having an unhealthy mouth threatens one’s chances of getting hired
- Most Americans believe that poor oral health can have a negative impact on the likelihood of being promoted
- More than 7 in 10 Americans believe having an unhealthy mouth can negatively impact one’s confidence giving a speech, and more than 6 in 10 believe it can affect a person’s willingness to speak in a meeting and their ability to lead a meeting.
To learn more about the LISTERINE® Brand survey, click here.
Here’s an interesting infographic that also details information about this survey.
Join Me at the #Listerine Twitter Party October 27
Would you like to learn more about the Listerine Brand survey about the social imjpact of poor oral health (and possibly win a prize?) Join me on Tuesday, Oct. 27, along with @Listerine and @TheMotherhood at 11 a.m. CT Nashville time. Every social media mention using the hashtag #LISTERINE between now and December 1 will trigger a $10 donation, up to $40,00, to support Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign to educate communities about the importance of proper oral care.
Has your smile affected you in some way in your life (positively or negatively)?
I received LISTERINE® brand products from Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., and The Motherhood as part of my participation in this LISTERINE® campaign. All opinions expressed in the blog post are my own.