The benefits of a healthy smile may seem obvious, but did you know success at work may depend (at least in part) on making your pearly whites shine? Providing employees with the benefits of a healthy smile in the workplace shows the importance of having high-quality dental benefits, practicing good oral hygiene and prioritizing dental visits.
1. Boost Confidence
Having a beautiful smile and teeth can boost your confidence, which comes in handy when you’re trying to excel with clients and move up the company ladder—especially when your sights are set on a management position. So make your smile shine with regular dental visits, good oral hygiene and a tooth-whitening toothpaste or mouthwash.
2. Improve Moods of Others
Having a healthy smile may improve the mood of people around you, according to a 2016 study published in the Journal of Safety Research. Researchers found that when motorists are smiled at, they drive slower and more cautiously when near pedestrians. What happens when you improve the mood of others around you at work? It can lead to stronger work relationships and a higher chance of being promoted.
3. Build Better Relationships
Having a bright, healthy smile and being perceived as attractive increases the perception of having a likable personality, according to a 2015 study published in Europe’s Journal of Psychology. Researchers who conducted the study say many people correlate physical attractiveness with positive personality traits—like being extroverted and emotionally stable—which are desirable qualities when you’re trying to win over clients or work toward promotions.
4. Keep Breath Fresh
A healthy mouth means fresh breath, which is a must when you want to communicate effectively with clients and co-workers. Bad breath can hinder career success, especially when you’re trying to climb the corporate ladder and impress supervisors. Mayo Clinic says gum disease, cavities and poor oral-hygiene habits are all culprits when it comes to bad breath.
5. Lower Disease Risks
Believe it or not, a healthy mouth (free from gum disease) is associated with lower risks of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes, according to a 2015 review published in the Saudi Medical Journal. While gum disease isn’t proven to cause systemic diseases, it does appear to be associated with them—and having a chronic disease means more trips to the doctor, missed work days and higher medical costs.
6. Exude a Strong Work Ethic
Taking care of your teeth exudes good personal hygiene habits, and co-workers and supervisors will take notice. Taking care of your body implies you have a strong work ethic, because when you take time to keep yourself looking your best, you’ll take time to be meticulous at work—at least that’s the impression you’ll make with a healthy smile at the workplace.
Boosting Success With a Smile
Taking care of your mouth by brushing twice daily, flossing at least once per day, using a tooth-whitening toothpaste or mouthwash, attending regular dental visits and of course smiling regularly are excellent ways to boost your chance at success in the workplace.