Recently, I joined a campaign to educate working moms about the social impact of oral health sponsored by LISTERINE® Brand. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.”
I have lots of friends who are dentists. One friend of mine is responsible for my connection to these folks because she's married to one of them was created by another and her family contains several more. Because of them and my own education, I have always appreciated the benefits of good oral hygiene.
1. My teeth are my calling card.
Indeed, I have always believed that my teeth are my calling card. As an adult, I have practice good oral hygiene. I have been fastidious about maintaining my dental appointments, brush twice a day and even got braces as an adult so that my smile shines!
Tweet: If cleanliness is next to godliness then good oral health is the path to sainthood. -Chatón T. Turner
2. Good oral hygiene is essential for success.
For that reason, I was thrilled to be asked to collaborate with LISTERINE® Brand to promote their products, which have been a staple of good oral hygiene in this country for generations. If you have questioned the importance of oral health you are wrong. Based on my research, oral health is the key to money, power and respect. If you want your kids to partake and have a bright future, make sure that they practice good oral health. If you still doubt me, check out the statistics below provided by LISTERINE® Brand.
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3. Having poor oral hygiene can interfere with career success:
- Since getting my braces off, I smile broadly and often. I am proud of my smile and that pride makes me very confident. "More than 7 in 10 Americans believe having an unhealthy mouth can negatively impact one’s confidence giving a speech (75%), and more than 6 in 10 believe it can affect a person’s willingness to speak in a meeting (64%) and their ability to lead a meeting (61%)."
4. Having poor oral hygiene can make you less desirable in the dating market.
When I was dating, bad teeth or bad breath were deal breakers. Both were important to me and I couldn't tolerate somebody who possessed either. It turns out I'm not alone. "More than 7 in 10 Americans consider bad breath to be a “deal breaker” in new relationships (76%), more so than spitting when talking (72%), chewing with an open mouth (62%), not offering to pay (59%) and texting in the middle of a meal (56%)."
5. Having poor oral hygiene can lead to other health problems.
It is tempting to isolate oral health from ones overall health because, "they are just teeth" right? Wrong. A few years ago I learned about someone dying because a dental abscess became infected.
6. Good oral hygiene techniques.
Now that I have scared you, what can you do to protect yourself and ensure your kids have a bright future? Brush twice a day and after sugar meals or snacks, floss once a day and to get more impact from your routine, incorporate mouth rinse into a twice-daily oral care routine. We all miss things brushing and flossing. So, incorporating a mouth rinse into your routine ensures that your entire mouth gets what it needs.
For more information about the importance of good oral hygiene visit “ADA Statement: New CDC Statistics Show Need for Increased Access to Dental Care, with a Greater Emphasis on Preventing Disease” May 13, 2015
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