If you are a job seeker or trying to advance your career, you know how competitive it can be. This is particularly true among millennials aged 18 to 34 years.
In fact, a recent survey conducted by the research arm of the American Dental Association showed that over a third of the adults in this age range avoid smiling because of tooth decay or gum problems. Of those surveyed, 28 percent said they felt their poor oral health was holding their career back.
A lot of research supports the fact that your oral health is closely tied to your quality of life, and that includes your ability to reach your goals. It’s hard to exude confidence if you feel self-conscious about your unhealthy smile!
But there are a few simple steps you can take to quickly reverse the trend.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
If you dislike dental visits, you know that the hardest thing to do is pick up the phone and make an appointment and then follow through. It’s a matter of discipline and priorities – are you going to continue to allow dental problems to control your life?
Being nervous about dental visits is very common, but dentists today understand and most offer some type of sedation like nitrous oxide to help you relax.
Be Proactive with Your Oral Hygiene
Routine exams and cleaning appointments are essential, but what you do in between visits is equally important. Talk to your dental hygienist about proper brushing and flossing techniques to make sure you are getting the most out of your efforts.
Once you know you have the technique down, establish an oral hygiene routine in the morning and before bedtime. Do it at the same time every day, and you will be surprised how quickly it becomes second nature.