“Let me see your teeth.”
This was something I often heard from my mother, when sitting and watching TV after school or about to do my homework. Graciously, I’d flash her a forced smile and she’d look me over. Having nice teeth and a pretty smile were always important to my mother, and this was something that stuck with me as I grew up and entered the career world after college.
Although she never had braces, my mom has perfectly straight teeth – although she will deny it. I, on the other hand, was not born with a perfectly lined set of teeth and suffered through braces and those colored rubber bands that were the style back in the day. Remember those? Thankfully, it was mostly my bottom teeth that needed the work. But the emphasis on having a nice smile was ingrained in me, and still sticks with me to this day.
Why is having a nice smile and a healthy mouth so important? In addition to looking good, oral health can effect your career, social life, romantic life and overall health in general. While 8 out of 10 people believe they have good oral health, the scary truth is that most people suffer from some kind of oral disease. Yuck!
So many of the oral care issues that Americans face are totally preventable, and I’m trying my best to lead by example with my own two kids to teach them the importance of incorporating a good oral care regiment into their daily routine. By simply adding in LISTERINE antiseptics morning and night, I feel so much more confident about how my kids and I are caring for our teeth. My kids love the LISTERINE Kids flavor (it tastes yummy!) and are old enough to be able to swish and repeat all on their own.
But let’s take a moment and talk about the importance of us Moms also taking time in our routines for our own oral health.
My previous career experience has always been in sales and marketing, where you are dealing with people on a daily basis and face-to-face. The importance of a good personal appearance is strong in this field, and I’ll always remember back when I was in training how much flak I got from my boss for bringing a Wawa Italian hoagie into lunch one day. What is that smell?? Why would you bring THAT in here? I remember briefly having no clue what he was talking about, only to realize it was the onions and hot peppers mixed with lunch meat that would not lead to a good aroma in the office and definitely not lead to good breath. Admittedly, my breath wasn’t its’ finest that afternoon, and the stinky Wawa hoagie never graced our office again.
Are you looking to advance in your career or currently on the job market? LISTERINE Brand’s study found that nearly 7 in 10 Americans think having an unhealthy mouth threatens your chance of landing a job. That is a big deal! 6 in 10 Americans believe that poor oral health can have a negative impact on the likelihood of being promoted. And that’s not all: more than 7 in 10 Americans believe having an unhealthy mouth can negatively impact ones ability to give a speech, and 61% believe it effects their ability to lead a meeting.
That last statistic really struck a chord with me. Knowing that so many people would think a coworker or potential employee would not be able to lead a meeting based on poor oral health is a staggering statistic, keeping personal feelings of adequacy or inadequacy aside. I would hate to miss out on a potentially large career opportunity solely based on oral health. It also served as a very important reminder that, while it did irk me at times, my mom was right. She definitely is not the only one thinking, “Let me look at your teeth.”
Do you love fun facts and statistics like I do? Check out this nifty infographic from the LISTERINE Brand team, detailing many of the results on their nationwide survey on the social impacts of oral health. Which ones resonate with you?
Nearly half (47.2%) of American adults over the age of 30 suffer from gum disease. In adults 65 and over, prevalence rates increase to 70%. Yet brushing your teeth alone misses 75% of your mouth, leaving millions of germs behind. Left untreated, these germs can lead to oral care issues such as plaque and gingivitis. LISTERINE® Antiseptic cleans virtually 100% of your mouth to achieve up to five times healthier gums in two weeks and up to nine times healthier gums in four weeks.
These statistics are profound and helped encourage my family to rinse twice a day with LISTERINE antiseptic mouth rinse. By adding it to our routine of brushing and flossing, I am more confident about my oral health within my family and also when I’m out in the workplace. Don’t let yourself be a victim of the statistics above and make time in your routine to care for your oral health!
Love to be social? Join me @MommyEntourage at the #LISTERINE Twitter Party with The Motherhood on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 12 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. CT / 9 a.m. PT. Using the #LISTERINE hashtag during the Twitter party, in blog posts and in social media promotion will trigger a $10 donation, up to $40K to support Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign (Oct. 1- Dec. 1, 2015) which helps educate communities about the importance of proper oral care.
I hope that sharing my personal story of oral health and these eye-opening statistics inspire you to make time in your daily routine to make oral health a priority with LISTERINE. After all, we only have one smile and it’s ours to take care of.
Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in this LISTERINE® campaign. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are, as always, my own.