Oral Hygiene is important to protect your teeth and gums from damaging bacteria, but the benefits don’t end there. Oral hygiene is important to nearly every aspect of your life, including your relationships. Here are just a few ways that oral hygiene is crucial to maintaining happy, healthy relationships.
A Great Smile Is a Great Start
When asked what they want in a date, both men and women pick a great smile over anything else. The results of a survey by Match.com showed that both men and women rated an attractive smile as the number one thing they were looking for in a partner, with 71% of women and 58% of men saying that attractive teeth were vital in a potential partner.
A common symptom of poor oral hygiene is bad breath. As anaerobic bacteria accumulate around your gums, between your teeth, and even inside your teeth, they create foul-smelling compounds that can lead to persistent bad breath.
Bad breath can give a bad first impression, making it hard to start a relationship. But even in a long-lasting relationship, bad breath can become a major barrier to kissing and other forms of intimacy.
If you and your partner can overcome the barrier caused by bad breath, you may face another intimacy issue: sexual dysfunction. Gum disease has been associated with erectile dysfunction, especially among younger men, ages 40 and below. Men with gum disease may be twice as likely or more to suffer erectile dysfunction than men without gum disease.
And while men are at risk for sexual dysfunction, women are at a higher risk for pregnancy complications if they suffer from gum disease. If your relationship plans include children some day, it’s important to make sure your gums are healthy.
Women with gum disease are more likely to deliver premature and low birth weight babies.
A Healthy Mouth Means a Healthy Relationship
If you are looking to get and maintain a healthy relationship, it starts with a healthy mouth. If you are suffering from gum disease, tooth decay, missing teeth, or other problems with your oral health, we can help.