Why are bad teeth such big turn off?

I saw someone here asking people what is their biggest turn off and many said it was bad teeth or missing teeth. Do you all realise that teeth can be fixed and the person may not afford treatment right when the problem arises or they may be under treatment when you meet them. It sounds very shallow to me to instantly judge someone for it. Some people do brush their teeth twice a day and problems can still arise.
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  • Teeth can be fixed but it’s not as easily and readily available for individuals as you may think. Fake teeth cost individuals anywhere from 2-3k per tooth 🦷 up to 20-100k to get a whole new set of perfect white teeth. Depends on where you live as well as the technology readily available. It’s not as cheap as most people would think. My mom got fake teeth and it costs a lot more money to put in fake teeth that they have to chisel down in order to have “permanently “. If you want just teeth to sit on top of existing teeth almost like a blanket it is a bit cheaper but not by much. Dental implants are almost as much as getting a new pair of boobs. Also the recovery time for this implant is anywhere from 3-6 months sometimes longer depending on the individual. So at the end of the day , yes the procedure is readily available but it’s not as cheap as you’d think it is.
    People care so much about teeth because believe it or not thats the first thing you will see as soon as they open their mouth to smile , eat , drink , laugh , etc. It’s not so much of a big deal to me because I’ve had bad teeth before and I know it’s expensive and takes a long time to fix & heal. My fiance doesent have perfect teeth and I still love him as he is. How much are you willing to handle for the one that you love?

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    • That was my point, they aren't cheap, so judging someone for not being able to fix them right away sounds kinda shallow. Shit can happen to anyone really. Now, if the person just didn't care about their teeth, not even to fix them that is different. It's just as bad as being obese and not caring to lose weight.

    • Preach ^^ people always get mad at me bc I tell them it’s not that I hate bigger people it’s the ones that complain about their weight and then just sit on their butts.

  • Dental hygiene is huge for me, so if your teeth are falling out well thats a good indication that your not taking care of your mouth, and I’m not talking about getting teeth knocked out. If you don’t brush regularly and I can tell your not taking the time to do it, the last thing I want to do is put my mouth on yours!

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    • So if someone your age has cavities since they were 15 and know some of the fillings fell and they can't afford to repair that for the moment then your conclusion is that they do not brush their teeth now?

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    • Clearly you don’t understand English!! Good day!

    • You don't. I asked if it is ok to judge someone's dental hygene and diet if they had an okder filling that fell off. You didn't talk about it. Stop trying to put me into the wrong to avoid an answer.

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  • Because they are not aesthetically pleasing.

    Personally, I have misaligned teeth because of the simple fact that my braces kept breaking constantly. I had them for like a year and very little changed about how my teeth are. So I have some gaps.

    Anyway, it depends on what is defined as 'bad teeth'. If they are really yellow or black, it's obviously a sign that they are not being taken care properly of. However, a slightly coloured is very natural. That's like the only argument for it seeming not healthy.

    Whether there's a gap between teeth has nothing to do with health in most cases, and thus is purely for aesthetics.

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  • It is unappealing physical trait and It is just as shallow to dismiss as any other unappealing physical trait. I don't see why would it be considered more shallow than dismissing: :baldness , short height, weight, facial structure , etc.. If you accept that some physical traits are acceptable turn offs them they all are.

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    • no, it is moreshallow, because I said THEY MAY JUST NOT AFFORD IT WHEN YOU MEET THEM, teeth are easier to fix than an ugly face and almost everyone needs to have some work done at some point in their lives. I mean, if I met someone and they had bad teeth and I found out that is because they just don't care about cleaning and fixing them yeah, that would be a dealbreaker because their teeth would just get worse. But if they are saving money for fixing them it would be a bit shallow of me to reject them for it.

    • When you just met them they are not going to know your plans and that factor may already have disqualified from getting a number. If they do get to know ones reasons then one would be put into basic loser schmuck that can't afford dental care category. Which transforms a physical factor into a financial one which few people would consider shallow.

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  • It is the fact she didn't fix them. Especially with the technology available. If she is in treatment that is different.

    I do NOT want this (photo below). Hahaha!

    I feel I can do better/deserve better.

    Nothing against those that are toothless.

    Just not my thing.

    God bless them.

    Not my type.

    Haha!

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  • Cuz since MOST of the people have good teeth they dont expect people to have bad teeth. Whaddya expect? People are judgmental and shallow and calling other people shallow is shallow itself

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    • i don'tthink you understand why i said that is shallow. Also, i am not strictly talking about missing teeth, but about teeth problems in general. Most people get a teeth problem at some point in their lives. I was talking about a situation when the person may not afford to fix the issue at the moment, not that they will leave it like that. That is why I said it sounds shallow. I wouldn't date someone who has fucked up teeth and doesn't care to fix them either. But if a guy I was talking to was trying to fix them it would be shallow for me to reject him for that.

  • I'm missing teeth, I can't afford to fix them as I was quoted 14,000 for the treatment I would need so I'm stuck with bad teeth. If I had 14,000 teeth still wouldn't be top of the list because of getting a deposit on a house or boat to live on

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  • I think dental health is a reflection of overall health. If a person isn't managing that well, chances are there are other things being mismanaged also.

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    • ^^^THIS^^^

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    • No, you don't get my point... you ignored everything i said and you say the same stuff over and over again, even if i told you why it may be irrelevant.
      you don't have to get it though, it is a fact that you can't regrow tooth structure and that your genetics play a role.

    • I think you're wrong. That simple.

  • Because if I'm kissing the girl and she has bad teeth, it's not going to be very hygienic and she could spread bacteria onto me as well: something I'd like to avoid.

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    • Of course, if there's something like missing teeth of they're crooked, then I personally don't care

  • I don't mind slightly misaligned teeth. I had one twisted tooth and it used to bother me a lot even tho no one else around me cared about it.. but I still got braces and got it fixed. Ever since I got braces I notice teeth A LOT. Misalignment doesn't bother me as much, what bothers me is that a lot of people are super careless about dental hygiene. That's what ticks me off.

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  • just comes down to personal hygiene. my boyfriend has god awful teeth due to a an a**hole smashing his jaw into the pavement as a kid. but he brushes those suckers like crazy and flosses religiously. i don't care at all

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  • It depends on the person. With some people missing or bad teeth is very noticeable while with others it is not. I would also would rather have teeth pulled than have a mouth full of bad teeth, at least it shows you have been to the dentist and are doing something about it. Walking around with a bunch of rotting teeth is not a good look.

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  • Bad teeth are not a turn off for me.
    Gross mouth hygiene is.

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  • If teeth are a little crooked I don't think it's that big of a turn off.

    However bad breath and rotting teeth could be avoided if the person just practices proper dental hygiene.

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  • i imagine becuase a smile is a big part of attraction. so if someone has bad teeth their smile may be less attractive

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  • Subconsciously it's a sign of poor health and hygiene, even if it isn't.

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  • Well you know life isn't fair. You just gotta make sure you have enough positive qualities to overcome your bad ones. Everyone would love to be perfect but life doesn't work that way.

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  • Cuz no one wants to Kiss a dirty looking mouth that looks like a hillbilly , having bad teeth pretty much means u have bad hygiene and probably dont brush your teeth as much as u should or u dont go to a dentist , it's a turn off

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  • I don’t think they meant crooked teeth- I think they meant that some people seem like they don’t brush their teeth- and if they do and it’s still gross (I don’t think they’re tryna be mean but) do you really think you’d wanna kiss that :/

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  • There's a big difference between someone who has crooked teeth, and someone who is missing teeth.

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  • I've always puzzled over this. I couldn't give any less of a fuck if someones teeth aren't perfectly straight or pristine white. Don't even notice unless it's really bad. Some peoples idea of "bad teeth" just looks fine to me

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  • Because all physical preferences are essentially shallow, yet people are attracted to what they’re attracted to and that’s ok. If someone doesn’t find a person aesthetically pleasing why should they have to pretend to just because? We can’t be attracted to everyone and we shouldn’t feel pressured to just because someone who doesn’t meet ones “criteria” feels hurt.
    I’m a person who likes good teeth, I had braces at 27-29 to correct minor cosmetic issues because it’s just something I personally feel strongly about and find attractive in others. However, many men won’t like wide noses, or brunettes, or tattoos or super short women so automatically I’m out of their radar and there is nothing wrong with that

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  • Depends on why they lost their teeth i guess, if it’s an accident that’s one thing if it’s from neglect of hygiene or drug use then I’d be judgmental about it

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    • Lol, some people have genetically weak teeth so they get cavities easier. Plus, some people wore braces and couldn't clean them properly. I had braces when i was a teen and my family has bad teeth too and i have lots fillings now. If someone were to judge me for it i would think they are shallow. I mean I was a teen then, my doctor didn't inform me properly about cleaning my teeth properly with braces and about diet.

    • Cavities aren’t the same as a ton of teeth missing 😂

    • It can lead to missing teeth... you gave no idea. Things can turn wrong once you get a cavity

  • Dental health is just a reflexion of finacial state, middle class is struggling with that...

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  • As long as the teeth are clean daily, I don’t give a shit

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  • its just common that a nice smile (straight teeth) is more attractive than bad smiles.

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  • Well, that's me screwed. My Yorkshire genes will be setting in soon I guess.

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  • Unfortunately that's just how the world is, shallow.

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  • The first 3 things everyone sees first; eyes, your smile, and your body/posture.

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  • It can indicate poor health.

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  • I've never really put stock into it.

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  • Cause we don't like British people

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  • How are my teeth?

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  • cuz they look scary

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  • To me seems like there unclean.

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  • You're very shallow

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  • Because realistically people look at other people the surround themselves with (be it friends or mates) as accessories. I know it's sad but this is why so few people have good relationships is they view their partners as a reflection of them rather than someone who cares about them. So what you see on the surface (and teeth are huge in this area) Is paramount.
    Tell me i'm wrong.

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  • Cause we're so enamored with perfection. Ya know, straight and white teeth, chiseled jaw on men, long hair on women, shortish on men, broad shoulders on men, 6 packs on men

    I mean that's what we're brought up to believe is the quintessential stuff. That we HAVE to HAVE PERFECTION

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  • You're right and I agree with what you said, also there can be other reasons that can prevent you from visiting a dentist. And with teeth there is always hassle throughout life

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  • Even if it’s fixable - doesn’t make it more attractive...

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  • Well, bad teeth signify bad genes or a possible disease. It’s scientific really. When looking for the best mate you look for the most healthy partner. Bad teeth=bad health

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  • Because most of the time it’s a sign of bad hygiene

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    • I just couldn’t date someone with bad teeth.

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