My dentist was our dad’s secretary’s father (his secretary was in her 50s, so you can do the math).I don’t remember him ever telling me to do a better job brushing. My teeth never bothered me in middle school, but that all changed in high school. According to research, the first thing we zone in on in a potential partner is their teeth. Historically and in more contemporary times, the all-important first attraction between two possible partners often starts with their teeth. Maybe, but a well-respected internet dating site ran a survey of 5,500 randomly selected single people a few years ago, asking what attracted them most to potential dates, and their findings were startling: These are huge percentages of people who make good teeth their first tick box, but it’s not quite as superficial as it looks. Having a great personality, kindness and generosity of spirit matter, but these usually come into play further down the line.Nope, mine weren’t hippies — they were more like characters out of "Mad Men": My dad was an executive with IBM and my mom was a secretary at a New York City-based advertising firm.But this was the late '70s — having a helicopter parent meant your dad or mom flew a helicopter.From the inevitable ‘there is an entire burger stuck in your teeth’ moment to the brace fetishists who dig ‘a mouth full of custom engineering’, I’ve learnt a lot of valuable lessons about readapting to the dating game with, let’s say, limited oral capabilities.
Having said all that, the odd tiny flaw or chip in a tooth can be endearingly individual and maybe even enhance rather than detract from your dating chances.
And that tuna boat at low tide on a hot July day could just be a bad break when they handed out the personal body chemistry. If I remember my first girlfriend sometimes had bad breath in the morning.
It wasn't nice but once she brushed her teeth it was fine.
What’s the first thing you notice about someone when you’re out on the town? Those surveyed added that they thought well-cared-for teeth were a good indicator of overall levels of personal hygiene – definitely an important consideration in a potential mate. A study with a slightly more in-depth look at how the alignment of teeth can affect the first stages of dating was conducted at around the same time.
What’s the thing that most attracts you to that person who may become the love of your life? Some 1,047 Americans over the age of 18 were asked to look at three pictures of people with either straight or crooked teeth, which were randomly selected from a bank of 16 similar images.