Illinoisans Say a Smile is the Most Important Physical Feature

Posted on July 1, 2014 in General oral health

According to a new survey from Delta Dental of Illinois, Illinois residents said a smile is the most important physical feature that contributes to a person's attractiveness. And seven of 10 Illinoisans (70 percent) believe a smile has some bearing on a person's overall success.

Nearly one-half of Illinoisans (49 percent) cited that a smile is the most important physical feature followed by eyes (23 percent) and physique (20 percent). Men and women agreed on the order, though women said they put more emphasis on a person's eyes.

Survey Shows Illinoisans Like Their Smiles

Seven of 10 Illinoisans (70 percent) say they like their smile, and more than a third (34 percent) wouldn't change a thing about it. Those who would change their smile most frequently cited cosmetic improvements such as whitening or straightening of teeth.

Want to keep your smile sparkling all year long? Follow these simple steps for a healthy smile:

Brush/floss regularly: The uncomplicated task of brushing twice a day and flossing once daily is still the foundation for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. The sooner you can brush following a meal, the better. The longer food stays stuck to your teeth, the more acid is produced that erodes tooth enamel.

Visit your dentist: Don't delay making an appointment for a check-up! Dentists do more than just check and clean teeth. They can also inspect for signs of serious oral health problems like oral cancer and gum disease.

Eat sweets in moderation: Tooth decay occurs when candy, cookies, sodas and other sweets mix with bacteria in the sticky plaque that constantly forms on teeth to produce acid and destroy tooth enamel. Whenever possible, always brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out with water shortly after eating sweets.

Smiles, much like good oral health habits, are contagious. With all the health-boosting benefits of smiling, it's important to make sure your family is practicing good oral hygiene. Celebrate your smile this month by remembering to brush for 2 minutes twice a day, floss once a day, and schedule your next dental visit.

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