As a freelancer, I’m constantly meeting with clients over the phone but every now and then I’ll meet a client in person.
We’ve all been taught that a firm handshake what makes a good first impression. But I’m here to tell you it’s not only the handshake. It also starts with your greeting and if your hello is followed by bad breath, well, you may have already lost a client.
Many people may not realize this but the health or the mouth says a lot about a person and can affect their ability to meet new people and yes, land a client.
A recent national survey revealed the health of one’s mouth has a surprising and significant impact on how others perceive many aspects of one’s life – from opinions about success in romantic relationships and career, to assumptions about one’s overall health and hygiene. If you’d like to learn more about the LISTERINE Brand survey, click here.
LISTERINE also created an infographic detailing results from their nationwide survey. Check it out:
But I don’t only want to talk to you about first impressions and how it can negatively affect your career. I also want to talk about the importance of good oral health.
The 411 – The Importance of Practicing Good Oral Care
It’s not only about fresh breath it’s about total oral care and there are many statistics that prove why oral care is important. Did you know poor oral health is linked to other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes?
A study called The Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults was conducted in 2009-2010 that showed nearly half (47.2%) of Americans over the age of 30 suffer from gum disease. In adults 65 and over it goes up to 70%.
Another study showed nearly all Americans adults (91%)over the age of 20 have had cavities at some point in their lives and one in four (27%) have untreated cavities.
That’s pretty serious if you ask me.
Start At An Early Age
To get our kids into the habit of practicing good oral care, we have to start at an early age. I did it with mine and now my daughter makes sure my grandsons brush their teeth in the morning, before bedtime and rinse their mouth regularly after a meal. And even though my kids are young adults I remind them about practicing good oral health and how poor health habits might prevent them from landing a job. So like a typical mom, I’m always on them about that.
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.
That’s why use LISTERINIE products for our oral care. I call it the trio which is LISTERINE Essential Care Fluoride Anticavity toothpaste, LISTERINE Ultraclean Antiseptic mouthwash and LISTERINE Ultraclean Mint floss.
I also keep a bottle of LISTERINE Smartrinse Anticavity Fluoride rinse in Bubble Blast for when the grandkids are over or spend the night. My grandson Isaiah likes it so much we have to hide it from him! The floss is a challenge, but that’s a whole other story. J
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A Twitter Party With A Cause
You know how much fun Twitter parties can be right? Well, this one I’m about to tell you about is not only going to be fun, but it’ll be informative and raise money!
On Tuesday, October 27th (at 12 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. CT / 9 a.m. PT), The Motherhood will be hosting a Twitter party on behalf of LISTERINE to talk about the impact of poor oral health.
Whenever we use #LISTERINE during the Twitter party it will trigger a $10 donation (up to $40,000 to support Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign. We hope you’ll join us!
Over To You
What do you think about the studies I mentioned here? Let me know what you think and how you incorporate good oral health for your fam at home. Scroll down to the comments section and let us know!
Here’s to your oral health!
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 my own.”
“ADA Statement: New CDC Statistics Show Need for Increased Access to Dental Care, with a Greater Emphasis on Preventing Disease” May 13, 2015 http://www.ada.org/en/press-room/news-releases/2015-archive/may/new-cdc-data-on-adult-cavities
The “Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010 study,” https://www.perio.org/consumer/cdc-study