A new survey has revealed most people worry that an unattractive smile could prevent them from getting a job. The survey, which was carried out by You Gov on behalf of the British Dental Association, suggested that almost 80 percent of people felt that bad teeth could affect their chances of getting a job in a negative way.
77 percent of participants said that poor oral health could hinder their chances of employment, while 38 percent said the same thing about being overweight.
Chair of the General Dental Practice Committee at the British Dental Association, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, said the jobs market is increasingly competitive and this means that bad teeth can have a serious impact on employment opportunities. Surveys in the past have shown that employers are more likely to offer a job to somebody with healthy teeth than a candidate with an unattractive smile. The survey suggests that an attractive smile is not just about looking good, it’s also about working towards goals and trying to progress in both your social and professional life.
Mr Overgaard-Nielsen was speaking shortly after the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry and Oral Health, which aims to tackle alarming rates of decay among children in the UK. He suggested that the government has spent far too long ignoring oral health and warned that urgent action is required to improve standards among children and level out the inequalities that exist between affluent and deprived areas.
From seeing the spooky forceps and needles to even smelling dental compounds, 5-8% of patients refuse to seek dental care all together and 20% of patients will only go to the dentist when necessary.
I think I have odontophobia. What can I do to prevent panic during visits?
Easier said than done - practice positive self-talk! Tell yourself “YOU CAN DO IT!”
Make sure to remind yourself “everything WILL be okay.” Your dentist is a professional and is someone you can trust.
Don’t be nervous - speak up to your dentist. Let him/her know when you’re having a rough time. Listening to your concerns face-to-face helps both sides - you and your dentist. Your dentist can help make an ideal and reasonable commitment that makes you feel comfortable because dental health is SO important! Knowledge is power!
Download your favorite podcast, album, or playlist before heading to the office. Distract your thoughts and link the experience to something you ENJOY.
Don’t forget headphones! Your dentist will not be upset if you put your headphones in to distract your thoughts.
Take deep breaths! Think about pleasant experiences in your life to stay calm.
Here at Fabulous Smiles, we have a therapy dog named Bailey that will ease any panic you might have.
You never outgrow your smile!
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