Understanding What Your Smile Says to People before You Say a Word

5 June 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


They say a picture is better than a thousand words, but something you may find surprising is that your smile and teeth could be speaking volumes even when you say nothing at all. Your smile is one of the first thing people notice when they look at you. In fact, as much as 37 percent of people notice teeth first, which is more than eyes or even your weight. This is why appropriate dental care is so important. If you have issues with your teeth, your smile could be sending out all of the wrong messages to the world around you. To keep your teeth from saying things they shouldn't, you should first understand just what they could be saying.

Discolored Teeth

If your smile is less than white, with discoloration due to smoking or the starting stages of decay, it is easy for people to assume that you are an unhealthy person with unhealthy habits. They may immediately guess that you do not brush your teeth regularly or care about your health. They could even assume that you have unhealthy eating habits. If your teeth are discolored for whatever reason, it is best to have them tended to by a professional—not only for the health of your smile, but to make sure you are not giving the wrong ideas to those you meet.

Missing Teeth

Missing teeth could easily be telling people that you would not be a good employee, even though this is an unfair judgement. One study of low-income individuals showed that dental care made them twice as likely to find a job. Therefore, if you have teeth that are missing or no teeth at all, obtaining dentures, crowns, or implants could easily change the way employers look at you.

Teeth You Are Afraid to Show

Do you find yourself not smiling to conceal the dental issues you have? If so, you should know that not showing your teeth and keeping them hidden can also tell everyone a great deal. According to an article in Women's Health Magazine, the lack of a smile can tell people you are unfriendly or even untrustworthy. This make it even more important to visit a dentist regularly.

If you suspect that your teeth are telling people things you do not want them to assume, talk to your dentist about what you can do to better your smile. You may be surprised at just how an attractive and healthy smile can change your life.