Today, Melanie asks this hard-hitting question, ripped from the headlines!
Is there too much emphasis on having the ‘whitest brightest smile”?
She asks a second question as well:
Is that a mainly American thing or has it caught on globally?
I’ll be honest, I haven’t a clue on the second question, so I’ll pass on that, but here’s what I think about the first…
Humans, men and women alike, are no different from animals in this regard: They need food, water, and shelter to survive. Anything else they want (whiter teeth, fresher breath, nice physique, good looks, success in business, a university degree etc.) is all about one thing: attracting a partner to mate with.
Oh, sure, we might talk about finding a soulmate, a person who loves us as much as we love them, one whose ideals and values are the same as ours, blah blah blah, but the truth is, we have one thing in mind: procreation. Down in the monkey brain, we’re all looking for someone to make babies with. It’s the way we’re programmed.
Part of that is your teeth. Sparkling white teeth say you’re young and healthy, and it’s actually pretty easy to achieve sparkling white teeth. There are lots of different products on the market, some of which might work better than others.
So, I don’t think that there’s too much emphasis on the "whitest, brightest smile."