Wednesday, May 5, 2010

First Impressions in Dating: Teeth and Smiles

Written by Lindsay K. of Love Kudos

One of the first physical characteristics I notice about a person is their mouth: specifically, their teeth.  During my sophomore year in high school, I met my first love during lunch break.  Unfortunately he had one major defect, a rotten front tooth that was brownish green.  I was able to look past this physical defect and I dated him for almost three years. However I have to admit, initially I was attracted to his white smiler older brother.  However, "EE, " (for the two letter e's in the word teeth) as my friends and I nicknamed him, had a much better personality and charisma than his cuter older brother.

My dad describes my ex as a great guy you'd want as a neighbor, but not dating your daughter.  About six months after we broke up, he finally got fixed that brownish green tooth! His next girlfriend really lucked out.

Tooth Fairy meets Cupid

The teeth gods, (or is it the Tooth Fairy?) were watching over me when I met my next boyfriend the summer before I started college.  A mutual friend of ours scheduled a trip to go tubing down the Salt River in Arizona.  When I saw his smile, perfectly straight with white teeth, there was a chorus of angels in my ear with light shining on those teeth.  When we had overnights, he would brag about how his teeth were straighter and whiter than mine. He also had great habits of brushing and flossing his teeth morning, noon, and night!

When it comes to online dating.  If you have a great smile, make use of pictures that show off your teeth.   It's a standard rule that if a person has all photos with no teeth showing, then the assumption is that they have bad teeth.  Love Kudos can help with photo selection and/or a photo session with unlimited photos.

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Tip #1 Buy a toothbrush that has the ADA (American Dental Association) stamp of approval.  I would recommend the rechargeable electronic tooth brushes because it takes a lot of the work out.  Just run the brush over you teeth. No back and forth motion needed!


Tip#2 Use toothpaste with fluoride in it, mouthwash and floss everyday. Fluoride helps to maintain strong and healthy teeth. When flossing remember to pay special attention to the back of your teeth, which a lot of people over look.

Tip#3 Go to the Dentist every 6 months for a check up and cleaning.  After the cleaning, is the best time to use White Strips to whiten your teeth, as all the plaque has been removed and there's nothing in the way of your teeth.

Tip#4  Purchase plaque removing tools.  Did you know you can buy similar tools the dentist using to clean your teeth? You can find them at Target for example.  A tongue scrapper is another great tool to help remove bacteria that might cause bad breath.  

Tip#5 Drink water. Most cities put fluoride in the public drinking water, which is good for your teeth. You also avoid drinking sugary or stain causing drinks like soda and red wine.

Tip#6 Chewing sugarless gum helps produce saliva, which turns out to be a natural mouth rinse. This will also give you fresh breath.  Be aware of chewing your gum like a cow chewing its cud!  It might make it taste better, but you look like Mr. Ed's stand in.

Tip#7 Are you single and you smoke? Stop smoking!  Along with the other cancerous side effects, smoking causes bad breath and yellow teeth.  No one wants to make out with an ash tray! And if you don't believe me, try it out one time. 

Tip#8 It is true that teeth can give a person character.  Steve Buscemi, who starred in major hit movies like The Big Lebowski, The Wedding Singer, Con Air, and The Island, is remembered for his great acting abilities, but also his crooked teeth.   A fellow blog reader recently told me his luck with the ladies improved greatly after having braces as an adult.  He recommends anyone to get it and it is worth it in the long run.



Edited by Lauren K.

You only have to brush and take care of the teeth you want to keep, 
and that should be all of them!  


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