Juan Imaz in Professions, Workers, Careers Co-Founder and Chairman • beBee Jun 13, 2017 · 5 min read · 1.7K

Why Dental Care Should Be a Priority for Professionals

Dental care plays an important role in society. First impressions are important and lasting which ultimately can make or break your opportunities. Maintain a healthy smile can open a world of opportunities. Professionals need to strive on maintaining good oral hygiene. Bad breath can easily be avoided by keeping a dental routine to stop bacteria-build up.

Keeping your mouth clean can play a major role in your overall health. By not maintaining proper dental hygiene can result not only in a poor set of teeth, gums and breath but can be a factor in obesity, diabetes and heart diseases according to the Ad Council news release.

During your initial encounter with another professional one of the first things you will notice is their set of teeth and essential their level of dental hygiene. First impressions are lasting and can have an effect on your professional life. Keeping your teeth healthy and hygienic can not only affect your professional life but personal life. During this digital age there is so much information to help you in obtaining that perfect healthy smile.

Poor dental hygiene can affect your not only your performance, social skills and self-esteem in your professional life but also your social life. Dentists are much cheaper today than in the past and have come a long way from previous techniques. Advancements are constant and it is much easier to fix problems today. Visiting your dentist should be regular and for any information on dental hygiene home remedies you can consult the internet as there is so much information to help you get that perfect smile.

"Oral health not only improves one's facial personality, but also boosts self-esteem and confidence in social interactions,"
Dental Surgeon Dr. Nashwa Sultana Omer of Dinesh's Dental Paradise

Why Dental Care Should Be a Priority for Professionals

Dentistry has come a long way

Humans have always had tooth problems that have had to be dealt with. The ways and methods of dealing with our tooth problems have changed drastically throughout time. Throughout history there are signs of different techniques around the world for dealing with tooth ache, tooth extraction and gum problems. Dentistry dates back a long time and has seen a drastic evolution not only in techniques, research, methods but also instruments. ¨Researchers have traced Dentistry back to ancient Egypt back at 7500 B.C.¨

¨Hippocrates and Aristotle also included dentistry in their body of work, making references to the pattern teeth follow as they erupt, gum disease, extraction and various other practical methods.¨ The research and inventions throughout the decades has lead to and resulted in modern dental care.

Long gone are basic drilling, herbal remedies and just removing the tooth to get rid of pain. Common products used today were not so common in the past. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash and floss were unheard of in the past.

Advancements in dentistry are constantly changing and evolving as new techniques, methods and material keeps being invented. Dentures, crowns, bridges, fillings, braces and guards are just some of the examples that have been advancing still in recent years. In the past bulky braces made of metal were often applied. Today clear see through braces are making way. As it becomes more common to use these transparent guards to straighten the teeth, metal braces are being seen less and less. Perhaps in the future ¨metal mouths¨ will be no more. Dental care has become easier, more affordable, painless and quick.

In the last couple of decades dentistry techniques and materials have really improved,
Dr. Ahmed Moneim

First impressions are everything

You only have one tenth of a second to make a lasting impression. Research has shown that in these first crucial seconds of meeting another they will make their judgements based on your manner and appearance. Dentistry is no longer expensive, difficult, painful or lengthy so there is no excuse for having a bad set of teeth or smelly breath. Today there is no excuse for not visiting the dentist. Dentistry has advanced and is now a key to have a set of healthy and hygienic teeth to making a great first impression.

First impressions are everything, so visiting your dentist to have white, clean and healthy teeth is necessary. During your first encounter with somebody you normally take notice of their appearance, hygiene and manner. For maximum opportunities and positive first impressions it’s important to keep and maintain healthy teeth.

¨In America, most people – including employers – make instant judgments based on appearance, including someone’s smile and teeth.¨ This judgement is felt worldwide, where appearances are increasingly important. Findings have found that people make judgements about teeth that can result in employment decisions, client and customer decisions, as well as social decisions such as dates and friends. We should not take dental health care lightly as it can have a greater impact on our life than thought. We should take great care of our teeth and teach our children from a young age the importance dental hygiene can have on their life.

Some interesting dental statistics

Top 5 dental care techniques you should take seriously

Dental care is very important in maintaining a healthy set of teeth and gums. Follow these easy 5 techniques to keep your teeth white, your gums healthy and your breath smelling healthy and fresh.

1.   Brushing

It’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Brushing is effective in removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. After eating the food residue on your teeth enamel can turn into bacteria and acids that can cause cavities. To prevent these acids from building up on your teeth it’s necessary to brush your teeth. It’s a good idea to brush your teeth after meals.  

¨The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, you help remove food and plaque — a sticky white film that forms on your teeth and contains bacteria.¨

You should use a toothbrush that is appropriate for your tooth size, gums, sensitivity and age. Soft-bristles are great for removing plaque and debris from hard to get to places gently and without harming your teeth and gums. Hard-bristle brushes can be suitable for strong teeth but can harm root enamel and gums for sensitive teeth. Therefore soft-bristle brushes are recommended for the majority of people by dental professionals.

The shape of the toothbrush and grip depends again on your age and preference. There is also a large debate whether an electric toothbrush is better for you. The electric toothbrush does a lot of the work for you as it rotates and moves. Also you can gently place it over your teeth and it cleans difficult food and drinks from your teeth. A manual toothbrush can be purchased in more sizes, shapes and grips but will require that you do the work to make it as effective as the electric toothbrush.

When brushing your teeth you should make circular motions and cover all areas of your teeth to remove even the most difficult of bacteria that may be on your tooth enamel. You should remember that you shouldn’t brush your teeth immediately after consuming something acidic as this will actually destroy your tooth enamel. You should brush before eating or wait at least 30 minutes.

The electric toothbrush is constantly rotating and cleaning as you move it over your teeth. It’s this additional action which effectively shifts away more of the food and drink debris left in your mouth after eating.
Dr Nalin Karunaratne, Centre for Dentistry at Sainsbury's South Kensington Cromwell Road Practice

2.  Floss daily

Flossing in between your teeth is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. The process of flossing prevents cavities forming in teeth and gum disease. If the plaque is not removed by brushing or flossing it can form something called tartar along  your gum line which can cause gum disease and problems. Therefore flossing is an essential task you should do daily.

3.  Use mouthwash

In order to have your brushing and flossing have the best effect, finish these off by using mouthwash. Mouthwash helps rinse out the plaque and bits of detritus that may still be left in between your teeth and in your mouth. It’s important to choose the right type of mouthwash for your type of teeth and gums. Alcohol-free mouth washes are recommended. Mouthwash is great to prevent bacteria and gum disease.

4.  Keep a clean toothbrush

As important as brushing your teeth is keeping a clean toothbrush. You should store your toothbrush upright and not in contact with other toothbrushes to prevent cross contamination. Toothbrushes should be changed every 3-4 months depending on the state of the bristle.  

Microorganisms live in our mouth and on the toothbrush and therefore it is important to have the toothbrush stay upright and away from others. Toothbrushes are a personal item and should never be shared. Toothbrushes should be stored in a dry environment and not in sealed containers, to prevent further growth of bacteria and microorganisms.

¨Your toothbrush is home to more than 100 million bacteria including E. coli and staphylococci (Staph) bacteria, according to researchers at the University of Manchester in England.¨ Many of these bacterias are normal to be found on toothbrushes but to keep your toothbrush the cleanest and most hygienic you should place your toothbrush as far from the toilet as possible. This is because ¨every time you flush, bacteria are released into the air – and you don't want that bacteria to get on your toothbrush.¨

Keeping a clean toothbrush is essential to clean oral hygiene.

5.  Visit your dentist regularly

Visiting your dentist regularly is essential to keeping your mouth and gums clean. You should visit your dentist regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gums as they can check your teeth for problems that you may not be able to visually see. Often with dental and gum problems they may not be visible or painful until they are much more severe problems. Therefore to prevent early stages of diseases and cavities it is important to have check-ups by dentists.

It’s recommended that you visit your dentist twice a year, or if you are healthy and have a good diet once a year can be sufficient enough. Gum disease, oral cancer or cavities can lead to painful and life-long health effects so it is important to go see your dentist regularly to avoid major problems. Easy detection can help take the right preventative methods to cure and remove any problems.

Maintain a healthy diet and dental hygiene to have a healthy set of teeth

Oral disease can be a result of an unhealthy diet so it is important to consume necessary vitamins and minerals to keep a healthy set of teeth. Tobacco and alcohol can also play a role in damaging teeth so it is important to consume everything with control and with the knowledge that they can have a role in poor dental hygiene.

Dental hygiene is not only important to you personally for our self-esteem and social presence but it’s crucial in your professional life. You are a representative of the company and companies seek to have healthy and presentable staff for their clients and customers. How you present yourself also is how the company is representing itself. Therefore companies seek employers who are skilled at their job but also your personal hygiene does play a factor when being employed. It is important to stay hygienic in your office environment as this may affect others in the office. Companies want to have workers who have a certain level of personal hygiene so that they can fit into the office environment as well as being around clients and customers.   

Bad breath, unhealthy gums or dirty teeth is not acceptable today in this day and age as it is so easy and convenient to go see a dentist. When meeting clients, going for an interview, being in meetings with colleagues or serving a customer in person your dental hygiene plays a factor in how others perceive you The truth is that you will be judged based on your dental hygiene. Its an important factor in today's professional environment to keep a set of healthy and maintained teeth.

As dental advancements make way for future generations to have even more innovative, affordable and quick fixes to their problems, today we focus on maintaining a healthy and hygienic dental presence. Oral hygiene is a priority for professionals and needs to be addressed by all professionals. Keeping a clean mouth can improve your overall health but can improve your social surroundings and professional opportunities.

CityVP Manjit Jun 26, 2017 · #18

I followed up on this buzz but through the physical intelligence lens that I am apply for my own learning journey here :

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CityVP Manjit Jun 25, 2017 · #16

The physical aspect here is something I am totally with, but the image side, of course not. This idea that people should have "white teeth" is an abomination when at best healthy teeth are off-white not fake white. I care deeply about health but not social judgements - because I am not going to placate or uphold human resource values that belong in the dustbin of the 20th Century.

Creating a prejudiced view of the human body perpetuates image disorder and creates markets based on bad science. Health should come before image and as the decades progress, an industry dedicated to make us believe how we should look according to a false representation of the human self, is a form of professionalism (as special interest) that should face deeper inspection as an attitude that represents thinking from the past - not a freedom for the future. Health however is freedom.

This is a subject that is worthy of me writing a separate buzz but also worthy of including in physical intelligence - because the physical (rather than social or psychological) component of having healthy teeth is a worthy message and worth developing further. We should focus on science rather than religious belief that advocates people to be more concerned about image and cosmetic economics than in the basics of evidence based health. Personal branding is a religious movement not a science, where the chief deity is image and persona.

To add to the cost of living in an age where there is increasing complexity is not something I am going to support but a renaissance society that gets past these dark ages of body image (whiter teeth) and moves us towards holistic health - that is a movement towards enlightenment and the kind of 21st Century life I do support. BTW would anyone advocate whiter skin???

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Virag🐝 G. Jun 25, 2017 · #14

"Worldwide, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities."

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Sadman Ishrak Jun 25, 2017 · #13

Thanks a lot for sharing this content.

This is very important and yet most of us ignores this. I have shared this content to raise awareness.

Please share this content everyone!

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Javier 🐝 CR Jun 25, 2017 · #11

#9 @John Karwowski welcome to beBee ! we need a face pic on your profile ! many thanks !

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Cydney Walton Jun 25, 2017 · #10

Thank you - Excellent information!
You are your brand, investing your image is invaluable part of your marketing plan.

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John Karwowski Jun 16, 2017 · #9

Such a well thought-out article. I've always understood the importance of good oral hygiene.

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