It may be a first date or it may be a long-term relationship, but whatever the goal, young women and men have clearly stated what the “must-haves” are – at least when it comes to initial attractiveness.

Recently a survey was done of over 5,000 single adults and the results were surprising!

Fortunately, trust and respect both ranked as essential elements in a potential partner. But before you can ever get that far, close to half of the people surveyed claim they research someone online before meeting them, with 38% saying they would cancel the date if they didn’t like what they found!

Perhaps the most interesting part of the survey involved what others are judged on. The results differed for men and women, with women ranking their date’s clothing (58%) over hair (53%) -so there is hope for me-, and vice versa for men (51% for hair vs. 45% for clothes).

Fortunately, at the bottom of the list, only 9% judge others on the electronic device they carry. And towards the top for both sexes came grammar – so watch.what you say!!

But least surprising (to us anyway) was the fact that the number one thing both sexes look at when sizing up their dates are …… Teeth!

According to one very wise survey participant, “Taking care of your teeth is a good indicator of hygiene”. How true!

Anthropologist Helen Fisher, a professor at Rutgers University, agrees. She says “From a Darwinian perspective, good teeth are a real indicator of your health – how much you drink, smoke and what are you eating. ” Even more so, yellow, stained, uneven and otherwise unsightly teeth can leave a first impression that is hard to overturn”.

Whether you are single, married, dating or not interested – a healthy attractive smile says so much about you. That’s why regular preventive dental care is one of the most important things you can do for your appearance and physical well-being.

It used to be that you had to be born with a great looking smile. It was destiny and out of your control largely. Now, it’s completely within your control, and as such is a large measuring stick of your commitment to how you project yourself.
It’s getting easier all of the time with the great teeth whitening processes, bonding materials and beautiful porcelain crowns and veneers that we can do these days. And even when it seems like there aren’t any good options, there are always dental implants!

At Dillon Family Dentistry, we care about you and your smile! If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth or your dental health in general, we are here for you! Whether it’s a confidential smile evaluation, problems with bad breath, or a routine dental cleaning – we will be glad to see you and answer any questions you may have. Please call us today at 610 525 5497. We can help!