How you appear can make a huge impression in a competitive jobs market. Turning up to a job interview in a T-shirt will not create a good first impression! What impact does having good teeth makes to that all-important first impression? Interestingly, it was discovered that the public equate poor oral health with general scruffiness and it was viewed as more of a problem than weight or dress code violations when it comes to job interviews.
YouGov asked a representative sample of the public what they felt would hinder a candidate’s chances of securing employment in roles where first impressions matter, such as receptionists or solicitors. The poll found that 77% of those who responded felt that decaying teeth or bad breath would be a barrier while only half that number felt the same about excess weight. 62% felt that applicants with visibly decayed or missing teeth and bad breath would be at a disadvantage securing any employment role and roughly the same number believed these problems would also hinder promotion prospects. These responses were consistent across rich & poor, young & old and across the entire country and it’s a stark reminder of the importance of good oral health. For job applicants, the lesson is simple; take good care of your teeth, use a fluoride toothpaste and visit your dentist regularly.
However, there is a bigger picture here. Tooth decay remains the number one reason for hospital admissions among young children. Despite a moderate improvement in decay rates, recent data from Public Health England showed that huge health inequalities still exist, with a child born in Blackburn being nearly 7 times more likely to suffer from tooth decay that a child born in Reading. Poor oral health can have a lasting impact on children, impairing their nutrition & development and impacting on their social abilities. More than a quarter of teenagers say they are too embarrassed to smile or laugh due to the condition of their teeth. Parents should not be left to deal with these problems alone. The government needs to work towards breaking the link between decay and poverty.
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