Taking a bite out of life: More than half of Brits say having bad teeth would affect their confidence in the workplace

More than half of British workers (58%) think that having bad teeth negatively affects their confidence in the workplace and social situations, according to research from Unum Dental.

Women were found to be more self-conscious of having poor teeth, with 67% declaring that poor oral health would affect their confidence in public, compared to 49% of men.

Generation Z were found to be the most image conscious with 69% admitting that bad teeth would affect their confidence, and then consequently how comfortable they felt in the workplace when talking to customers and clients.

A sense of anxiety around bad oral health is not uncommon.  The Oral Health Foundation revealed this year that 87% of those under 35 are made to feel self-conscious about their smile[1], and only 29% of adults are likely to pose for a photograph with an open-mouth smile.[2]

Unum’s research found that the main reason Brits are failing to visit the dentist regularly is the subsequent cost of the check-up. Yet, nearly a third (30%) of workers surveyed said they would pay for dental insurance if their employer had an employee benefits scheme in place, and 38% would be more likely to go for a check-up if they had cover in place.

Unum Dental provides dental cover to companies with a minimum of 4 employees to help to attract and retain the best staff and make sure that staff feel their best when in the workplace. 

Andrew Bower, Managing Director at Unum Dental says:

“Dental cover is the most popular voluntary health benefit offered[3] and this research emphasises just how important dental insurance can be for an employee’s confidence and consequently their workplace performance. By providing dental insurance employers offer peace of mind to their employees when it comes to dental and oral health, allowing them to instead focus on feeling confident in social situations and getting the most out of life.

Author: Editorial Team

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