According to the report presented by the American Dental Association (ADA), oral health is associated with the physical, emotional, social, and economic well-being of the American population. The result of the survey based on 15000 adult respondents from 50 states reveals that the mouth and teeth condition affects the ability to interview for a job and increases chances for a more satisfying professional life.
The Teeth Condition in the population of Americans.
The ADA research reveals that teeth & month conditions cause a series of undesired issues that can negatively impact the probability of finding the desired job. The report shows that 41% of respondents avoided smiling, 40% experienced embarrassment, 26% reduced social participation, 25% encountered difficulty with speech and 15% took even days off due to the mouth and teeth condition within the last 12 months. Additionally, 1 in 5 low-income adults admits that their mouth and teeth are in poor condition, and such a state of oral health affects their life. 39% of low-income adults and 38% of young adults claim their life, in general, is less satisfying due to the conditions of their mouth and teeth. Surprisingly, although 77% of adults claim they plan to visit a dentist within the next year, according to MEPS only 37% of adults actually visited the dentist within the last year – which shows the scale of a problem and the need to maintain proper oral hygiene.
Teeth aesthetics as a means to increase chances of finding a better job.
Further research panels conducted by the ADA have shown that oral aesthetics can be crucial in finding the desired job. 82% of adults declared that “It is easier to get ahead in life if I have straight, bright teeth.” 29% of low-income adults and 28% of young adults claim that the appearance of their mouth and teeth affects their ability to interview for a job. Because the straight, white teeth are perceived as an important factor in making a good impression on interviewers – 4 in 5 adults identified aesthetically attractive teeth as a desired asset on the job market.
The results of the ADA research seem to prove the observations of dental professionals. White, smile according to Dr. Patterson from Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique “can make people think that you are younger, more attractive, wealthier and more well-educated”.
Other experts highlight the phenomenon of social media as a crucial factor accelerating the need for an increasingly attractive aesthetic look. “We are not surprised with the data presented by American Dental Association as it corresponds with the recent social behaviors.“ – said Dr. Matthias Berg – a smile designer from Dr. Martin Schwarz brand. “Widespread access to social posts of perfectly dressed & good-looking celebrities, influencers, and even acquaintances – highlights how many people perceive being attractive as a crucial factor in our life. In such circumstances, it’s difficult to expect that interviewers would not take into consideration how a candidate looks and how she would represent her future company”. “Teeth whitening, and teeth straitening” – he continues – are a new way to increase chances for a better job”.