It takes one-tenth of a second to make a first impression. That’s 100 times faster than it took you to read this sentence. But what happens in that blink of an eye? That initial snapshot captures key elements of the truth, according to psychology research.
First impressions matter, so make a great impression every first impression. Here are a couple of moments that your smile (and dental health!) can make or break:
• First Date
Both men and women cite a smile as #1 physical feature to attractiveness. Single adults admitted they judge a potential date most based on their teeth—significantly more than hair or outfit. But it takes more than flashing your 100-watt smile to make a bright impression. 74% of women won’t pucker up if they suspect poor oral health, according to a recent Delta Dental survey. And if that’s not enough to make you brush, bad breath was one of the top deterrents for singles making a second date.
• First Interview
Candidates who greet potential employers with a smile rate more hirable and competent than candidates who didn’t smile. Remember to take care of your smile for the job you want, not the job you have. And is if the oral and other health impacts weren’t bad enough, 90% of executives surveyed said they would hire a nonsmoker over a smoker if their qualifications were equal, according to a Seattle University study. Contact the South Dakota QuitLine and start quitting.
Grin it to win it! Let your smile set the tone for a favorable first impression.