POSTED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 3:16pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 8:10am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — “Think of movies, think of television, think of Disney. When you want to portray somebody who’s wicked, they’re missing teeth in the front. If they want to portray somebody ignorant they have huge buck teeth. So this is something that-it’s engrained into us even from-as we’re little kids.”
Bad teeth don't just send negative messages...your teeth may be the make-or-break ticket into pursuing the American Dream.
A recent NBC study has shown that dental problems can actually limit your employment prospects. But in a time of slow economic recovery, dental care is not always easy to afford.
“Odds are, if you spend more time in a dentist’s chair trying to perfect your smile over someone who doesn’t, your chances of getting employed are much higher.”
“Employers, they want that happy, smiling employee who’s gonna interact with the public. So whether it’s an entry level job or customer service job, public relations, everybody wants that person who not only feels good, but also looks good, um, for business.”
But even if you're one of the estimated 47 million Americans who can't afford dental care, there are plenty of at-home tips you can sue to ensure a decent smile.
“Brushing twice a day, uh, flossing, uh, there’s some at-home bleaching you can do – you can buy just over the counter from the store. But really it’s just taking care of those teeth, just brushing those teeth every single day.”
In addition to promoting y our health by taking care of your teeth, you could also be investing in your career.
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.