Improving Your Job Prospects by Having Good and Healthy Teeth

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Let’s get this out of the way: good teeth make you more employable. The fact that you can smile with confidence will make employers think you’re the best fit for the company. Going to a job interview is stressful enough without you worrying about how you look. Your job during that interview is to prove to the hiring manager that you deserve the vacant position. You should look, feel, and do the part of a great interviewee.

That all begins with the first impression a potential employer has of you. It matters to employers how you look on the first interview. They want to know that you care about getting the job. And yes, your looks shouldn’t be the basis alone of whether you will get the job. However, as far as being realistic is concerned, looking as good as possible is one of your best bets to land that dream job.

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What to Do to Get Straight Pearly White Teeth

Do you know that one of the first things that people notice when they look at you is whether you have straight teeth or not? This is why you should always protect your teeth. If you are lucky enough to be born with a good set of teeth, protect it at all costs. When you have to do sports or other physical activities, make sure to wear a mouthguard. That will keep your pearly whites protected from impact and other causes of injuries.

You should also visit the dentist regularly. The dentist will guide you on how to maintain your teeth and make sure they’re picture-perfect at all times. Having good teeth is a result of effort, research, and investment. You need to take time to maintain your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. You should invest in dental insurance, too, so you won’t have to worry about your dental bills.

First Impressions

According to a study by a consultancy firm, 29% of Americans notice a person’s smile when they meet someone for the first time. Another important figure you should remember is that 24% of the people you meet will remember your smile the most after meeting you. Can you imagine that someone out remembers you based on your smile?

A healthy set of teeth leaves a lasting impression on people. This is the same principle you should remember when it comes to applying for jobs. The hiring managers and potential employers will notice your teeth the moment you come into the room. Interestingly, when they deliberate whether to hire you or not, your smile may be the only thing they will remember about you physically.

And this belief trickles down to people. In a study, about 45% of the respondents felt that people with straight white teeth are more likely to land a job than those with crooked teeth. That’s regardless of their qualifications for the job.

It’s also regardless whether the hiring managers saw the prospective hires in person or not. A study in Israel found that even with digitally altered photos, employers will see people with crooked, discolored, and or missing teeth as undesirable. People see them as lacking in intelligence, less professional, belong to the lower class, and have no dental coverage.

Stereotypes

Aligned and pearly white teeth symbolize the values that employers want from their employees. People think that those with white teeth are more amiable and thus, are perfect candidates for the job. Some managers see them as more cheerful and smarter than their counterparts. Regardless of whether they are actually better than their competitors, people with a good set of teeth have a better chance of getting the job.

The stereotypes go far beyond the job interview, of course. People with great teeth may have 58% more chance of succeeding better in life. Or, at least, that’s what people thought in a survey. This highlights the importance of getting your teeth ready even if it’s for a simple job interview. Setting that great first impression is one step toward your goal of clinching the spot.

Aside from wanting to land your dream job, dental health is an important component of your well-being. Not taking care of it can lead to a host of medical problems, including debilitating heart conditions such as blood vessel inflammation and damage, tiny blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. It’s not about merely getting a good shot at that dream job of yours.

But then again, dental health is more than a health issue. It could be the way toward the fulfillment of your dreams. After all, everything begins with that one simple job interview.