Love and Healthy Teeth
A recent study by students at the University of Queensland has produced some loveable findings. The research, built on a previous study into adult attachment theory, has found that people in healthy and loving relationships are more inclined to regular dental check-ups. The study focused on the emotions within romantic relationships and found that those in more positive relationships tend to have better oral health outcomes.
UQ Researcher and PhD Student, Grace Branjerdporn explains, “We determined that those who tended to avoid emotional intimacy, or worried their partner would not be available to them in times of need, were more likely to have negative oral health outcomes.”
The study examined a group of 265 people and established some reasons for the findings being people who were in relationships with negative tendencies had higher levels of self-reliance, distrust of others and avoid seeking support. These aspects of their personalities meant they were less likely to schedule regular dental check- ups.
On the positive side however, those who are in loving, supportive relationships are likely to value their dental appointments highly and maintain a good oral health routine. Grace Branjerdporn explains the positive findings of her research.
“On the flipside, you could say having a love life where you trust the other person and have higher self-worth leads to better dental visiting habits, more confidence related to your teeth and appearance, and rating your teeth better.”
We always find it so interesting to learn new factors that influence our oral health. It is some good news for those of us who consider our relationships to be happy and healthy. And also a good reminder to all of us to make sure we are going for our regular dental check-ups. Regular check-ups are one of the most important aspects of a good oral health routine. Coming in for a regular visit will ensure no issues go unnoticed and will definitely benefit you in the long run. It’s easy to fix up any small issues before any pain begins to affect your everyday living.
Contact us today to book in for a check-up and make sure everything is healthy as it should be!