Dental Health: Is It Important?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 20, 2007 4:12 AM GMT
    Dental Health: I'm not sure I've seen a thread on here about it. When you look at a guy you might want to date, how do good teeth rate??

    I'm as weird about it as I am about exercise. I have to floss daily. If I fall asleep, I'll get up and floss. The reason? I remember my dentist telling me I'll start losing my teeth in my 30's as a result of
    peridontal disease that started after 4 1/2 years of braces. "Do you want to look like this" he asked?
    He showed me a picture of an unattractive man with rotton teeth. I've never forgotten it.

    I've never lost a tooth, not even my wisdom teeth.
    Do you rate your own dental care on the same plane as
    your exercise?
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    Nov 20, 2007 4:29 AM GMT
    Dental Hygeine is paramount for me. Bad breath is a real mood killer.
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    Nov 20, 2007 5:23 AM GMT
    Very important, and bad breathe is a major killer too...

    I actualy keep a small bottle of mouthwash next to the bed with a bottle of water for when I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes or first thing in the morning.

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    Nov 20, 2007 5:29 AM GMT
    As well as the obvious halitosis issues they are finding strong links between poor dental health and heart/stroke issues.



    http://www.perio.org/consumer/mbc.top2.htm



  • GQjock

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    Nov 20, 2007 11:36 AM GMT
    Very few things make me more angry
    Guy...if you can't do something about your breath before we go out there ain't that much more to say, right?
  • cowboyupnorth

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    Nov 20, 2007 2:44 PM GMT
    I have seen people with tarter build up. One person was rich; I mean parents own a football league rich. There was no excuse we were dating and when I noticed it I refused to kiss her (I thought I was straight back then)until she got them cleaned. She brushed daily but did not floss and smoking also adds to tarter buildup.
    I think teeth are very important. I know people who dress well are in good shape but yet have rotten teeth. I don’t care I would keep my heat at 45, never use the air conditioner, eat only Ramen noodle whatever I had to in order to fix my teeth.

    Hockeyinva1 is correct. Tarter build up or poor dental hygiene has been correlated with hardening or the arteries. Plus other medical issues can be diagnosed by your hygienist as well so we all should have regular dental cleanings.



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    Nov 20, 2007 2:54 PM GMT
    I have two thoughts on this.

    The first is that I agree with all the above posters in regards to regular brushing and flossing so that a guy's mouth doesn't look and smell like a toilet. Clean teeth are a must.

    But I don't mind guys whose teeth aren't perfectly straight. FSM knows I don't have perfectly straight teeth, and sometimes teeth that are a bit off can add to the uniqueness of a guy in a good way.
  • asupas

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    Nov 20, 2007 3:35 PM GMT
    I used to have raptor teeth until I got adult braces to fix them up. Honestly, it's probably the best thing I could have ever done to improve my confidence. Now I have a rigid routine to take care of the pearly whites because I don't plan on dropping another $5k on them anytime soon.

    I have noticed that since I got my braces off I tend to care a lot more about the smiles of guys that I'm attracted to. A nice big bright smile is SO sexy to me now when it used to not be nearly as important.

    Oh, and if someone has the white scarring from tartar I just lose all interest. It takes a lot of neglect to get that kind of scarring (although there are some people who are more genetically inclined to it due to week bone strength, etc.). If a guy can't take care of his teeth then what’s going on with the rest of his body?
  • liftordie

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    Nov 20, 2007 4:43 PM GMT
    braces for 2.5 years as a teenager. never a cavity in my life! dental care is paramount. and if the other guys does not have nice teeth oh hell no!! i cant be all up in that grill if it is all jacked up!!
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    Nov 20, 2007 5:36 PM GMT
    Absolute deal breaker!! If a guy has bad teeth it takes so much away from their appearance. I look at a guys teeth almost first thing. I figure if a guy doesn't take care of his teeth, what else in his life is he not taking care of?? There is no excuse for having bad teeth. If you are scared to death of a dentist then find one that does sedation dentistry and let them put you out to do the work. In most cases they can correct years of neglect in just a few visits and you can snooze right through it.

    I just had my teeth cleaned this morning and without sounding too "Little Shop of Horrors" - Arthur Denton... I love having someone floss and clean my teeth. It just melts me in the chair. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 20, 2007 6:23 PM GMT
    I think as long as a guy doesn't have bad breathe or teeth missing then i'm not too worried. I would like to say I don't date guys who smoke but that would be a lie.
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    Nov 20, 2007 10:17 PM GMT
    Oral icon_biggrin.gif health is very important to me and for those I date. Bad teeth, bad breath, bad smile will kill a date for me. icon_eek.gif

    I'm with you, I brush 3x a day, and floss daily before bed. Both my parents had Dentures!!! NO thanks icon_exclaim.gif
  • DiverScience

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    Nov 20, 2007 10:27 PM GMT
    Bad breath will break any deal.

    Unfortunately I inherited soft teeth which develop cavities even with good dental hygeine, but at least I can do my best.

    Sitting here right now with a puffy face from wisdom teeth extraction (not enough room in mouth for them).
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    Nov 20, 2007 10:29 PM GMT
    Feel better Diver! Enjoy the pain killers and keep the TV on the Cartoon Channel. ;-)
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    Nov 20, 2007 10:33 PM GMT
    White teath is number one on my list!!! They dont have to be perfectly straight but they have to be WHITE...Bling Bling White!!!! icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 20, 2007 10:38 PM GMT
    aaargh! that phony "Lumineer" white is just too creepy. It's so un-natural and looks like they are standing under a black light. Another example of over "improving" nature in pursuit of utterly false "ideals".
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    Nov 20, 2007 10:41 PM GMT
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    Nov 20, 2007 11:17 PM GMT
    Diver said: "...Sitting here right now with a puffy face from wisdom teeth extraction (not enough room in mouth for them)..."

    Same thing happened to me...some of the teeth were trying to come up from under others. Pretty awful scenario.

    But, to respond to the post, I note that people either respond to it as if the question was on sexual attraction or as if it is a health issue.

    It is both, and it is related to personal discipline as well. And I am not talking about perfectly straight teeth here. That doesn't matter to me at all, and has nothing to do with either issue, particularly the former, for me.

    However, usually, when people let there teeth go (meaning, yellowed, caried, receding gums), they not only are unattractive, but they also usually (IMHO) let other parts of themselves go, "...just because..."

    Me? I am planning to keep a healthy set of teeth until I die.

    John
  • Barricade

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    Nov 20, 2007 11:39 PM GMT
    God, I see horrible teeth everyday!! I hate it, my teeth are extremely important!! There is so much dental help out there, and it's one of the things you can actually change.


    McGay^^ I hate those grillz. lol.
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    Nov 21, 2007 4:08 AM GMT
    big dental health fan here! i did invisalign myself and of course britesmile. my teeth are naturally large and white. however, my bf has smallish, crooked-ish, yellow-ish teeth but they're clean and cute and he's adorable anyway.
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    Nov 21, 2007 4:24 PM GMT
    My teeth are the most important thing on my body. I worry more about them than anything else. Luckily I have the type of teeth that will most likely never have a cavity! thank jesus!

    After all the pain and trouble I went through to make them look like they do, I don't want to do anything to mess it up.

    Dental health on another guy is a dealbreaker for me. I am not looking for a celeb smile, but I think the amount of care you put into your teeth show!
  • ep83

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    Nov 21, 2007 4:44 PM GMT
    I started flossing a long time ago. At first I had to make myself do it, but I've been doing it for so long that now I feel dirty if I've gone to bed without flossing. It's become so ingrained that it's only noticed in it's absence.

    To me the smile is one of the first things I notice about a guy. A great (genuine) smile can make a huge difference in anyone. It's not all in the teeth, but a large amount of it is.
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    Dec 30, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Personal/2013/March/article/SW-281474979065466.cvsp

    Brush your teeth before eating food.
  • Paperless_Pen

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    Dec 30, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    If you want to brush after your meal, at least wait for 30mins for the saliva to neutralize the acids in your mouth. Brushing makes your enamel erode more quickly after you have eaten your meal.

    By brushing your teeth before your meal, a protective layer exists when you eat.
  • wellwell

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    Dec 30, 2013 6:06 PM GMT
    It rates quite high, but NOT nearly as high as Mental Health!