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men DO notice a woman's breasts the first time they meet her (but not until after they have appreciated her eyes and smile)

  • 70% of men reportedly notice a woman's eyes first 
  • These are followed by her smile then her breasts in order
  • Hair and weight are the next to be noticed by men
  • Women also notice eyes first in a man, followed by his smile and his height

Eyes, smile and breasts are the first things a man notices in a woman, in that order according to a new survey.

The check list emerged amid a look at men’s impressions of women they meet for the first time, or pass in the street and vice versa.

The results show that the stereotypical guy with eyes for only one thing seems to be disappearing, and a more soulful modern man is taking his place.

As many as 70 per cent of the 1,000 men who took part in the study revealed eyes are what they gaze at first.

Smile was second, and breasts were third, while hair and weight were also among the first things men notice.

A large percentage of the 1,000 women who also took part in the study opted for an eyes first approach to forming impressions.

70 per cent of men say a woman's eyes are the first thing they notice about her

70 per cent of men say a woman's eyes are the first thing they notice about her

A spokesperson for Murine eye drops, which commissioned the study, said: 'Eyes usually tell us a lot about a person so we aren’t surprised that eyes are what draws us to the opposite sex.

'Until you get to talk to a person for the first time, all you have to go on is the way they look, a simple smile is also something that both genders notice in each other.

't goes to show that men and women are more alike than many would previously had thought.

'This study almost crushes the common stereotype that the first thing men look at is a woman’s chest, however it came third on the list so it’s not quite a changed habit.

'Getting attention from the opposite sex boosts your confidence so using your eyes and smile in positive ways really gives you a good chance of getting welcomed attention, even if it’s innocent.'

The study also found following the eyes, smile, breast, hair, weight routine men’s eyes are drawn to a woman’s legs, dress sense, bottom, height and skin condition.

The results from the women who took part in the research found after a man’s eyes, they take in their smile, height and hair.

Following that they run the rule over their dress sense, weight, skin face shape and then finally, his bottom.

It also emerged, worryingly, one in four men have even been caught out looking at a woman by their other half.

And seventeen per cent of women admit they had walked past their destination and had to turn around and walk back after spotting a good-looking man.

The study also found that two thirds of men are confident enough to tell a stranger they had a specific nice feature

One in two women said the same.

Numerous studies show that tooth loss can create intense emotional distress in a person’s life, to the point of severely affecting mental well-being.

In recent years this issue has been the subject of several important studies around the world. It’s true that in many cultures losing teeth with age is seen as simply part of life, however this is not the case for younger people, and even those in advanced years often have very different expectations regarding tooth retention compared to earlier generations.

In other words, the idea of losing some or all of our teeth wasn’t that unusual in the past, but today we expect to keep them pretty much our entire lives.

And when this doesn’t happen, we are understandably distressed.

So let’s find out why this important medical issue is often not addressed with the gravity or depth that it deserves, and why the lives of patients can take such a negative turn following tooth loss.

Tooth loss taboo?

A 2013 study carried out on individuals with tooth loss in the UK claimed the psychological trauma from loss of teeth could be comparable to losing any other part of the body. Yes, that is how serious it can be for some patients. It really gives us pause for thought, particularly given that – unlike other medical conditions – tooth loss has often been either the subject of cruel jokes or simply not spoken about at all.

So it’s time to take this a lot more seriously.

The study also pointed out that some patients were affected so badly that they no longer ventured out in public, losing confidence in a manner comparable to someone coping with a chronic illness.

Psychology of tooth loss

The subtitle of the 2013 study really did say it all: ‘Your whole life is lived through your teeth.’ And without getting too deep into the psychology, it’s worth highlighting a couple of key findings.

We construct certain ‘meanings’ for tooth loss, and it’s these meanings which cause us emotional distress. For the patient, tooth loss brings up ideas of a ‘neglected mouth’ or a ‘marker of old age.’ And they come to see having dentures as an indication of the mouth being ‘invaded’ or ‘unreliable.’

Let’s put it another way: It’s a disruption in the relationship between ourselves and one of our body parts. When that relationship changes, we start to perceive ourselves differently. And because of that we feel low on confidence and unhappy.

Living a normal life

Okay, that’s enough of the psychology talk. What specifically do people worry about regarding tooth loss? What exactly is causing emotional distress?

Well, of course retaining your smile is a priority. Alongside this are concerns about eating normally (a complete topic in itself). But it goes further – patients are also worried about kissing and wondering how their partner (or a potential future partner) might react.

A dental hospital study in the year 2000 found that 42 of the 94 people surveyed (all of whom were undergoing prosthetic care) were suffering from a lack of confidence, increased difficulty in doing everyday activities, as well as problems accepting the change in facial shape due to tooth loss.

A large number of patients said they did not feel prepared for the loss of teeth, and a more detailed explanation from the dentist would have been helpful.

So this is where choosing the right care is critical, someone who can talk to you in real terms about what to expect at each stage of the process, and lay out the options following tooth loss to regain facial shape and your general feeling of confidence and well-being.

Because thankfully there are now options outside of dentures to deal with tooth loss and speaking to experts in this area will help you understand what can be done to address these challenges.

Across cultures

Studies in Saudi Arabia and India showed a much greater acceptance of tooth loss among those questioned compared to the UK study, but it was interesting to see that while aesthetics were not a priority, ‘normalising’ oral function certainly was. So either way, action needed to be taken. Because this is surely something all people share – the idea of wanting to be able to eat normally and avoid the negative emotional effects of no longer being able to do something that we all take for granted.

What you can do

Thanks to developments in implant dentistry and more specifically in the specialities of oral maxillofacial surgery and prosthodontic dentistry over the past few years, much of this distress can now be avoided without the need for dentures – which the studies show can themselves cause additional worry to the patient. For many, having dentures simply does not solve the emotional aspect of the problem.

So let’s talk about it. Tooth loss no longer needs to be a taboo subject, rather it can become something people are comfortable speaking about. Because patients experiencing emotional distress from tooth loss need to be seen in a serious light, and those suffering from it must be listened to and understood.

It’s not about hiding and losing your confidence – it’s about taking action.


About the author:

Dr. Costa
BDS cum laude, FFD (SA) MFOS
Cert. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Costa, BDS cum laude, FFD (SA) MFOS, qualified as a dentist in 1984 after receiving his dental degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He graduated at the top of his class with “rank order number one,” and has received numerous awards over the years, including the Gold Medal of the Dental Association of South Africa, which recognizes the most outstanding graduate. In 1990 he completed his four-year, full-time postgraduate in maxillo-facial and oral surgery training at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Since 1991 he has been in private practice, concentrating on immediate loading of dental implants. To date Dr. Costa has placed over 35,000 dental implants, and as a key member of the global dental implant community he is a regular speaker on the topic, lecturing at various international implant congresses. In 2012, together with Prosthodontist Dr. Petros, Dr. Costa established SameDay Dental Implants Clinic, Dubai, as well as the Branemark Osseointegration Center, Dubai.

 2000 May 13;188(9):503-6.

The emotional effects of tooth loss: a preliminary quantitative study.



To establish how widespread the emotional effects of tooth loss are.


A questionnaire, distributed to 100 edentulous people undergoing routine prosthetic care in the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Dental Institute (GKT), was used to explore the emotional effects of tooth loss.


Ninety four people completed the questionnaire of whom 42 stated that they had experienced difficulties in accepting the loss of their teeth. In comparison with people who had no difficulties in accepting the situation, these people were: more likely to feel less confident about themselves; more likely to feel inhibited in carrying out everyday activities; and less able to accept the inevitable change in facial shape which occurs following the loss of teeth. Additionally, they took longer to come to terms with their tooth loss (All these differences were statistically significant). Just over three-quarters of the people who were unprepared for the loss of their teeth, felt that an explanation from the dentist prior to dental extractions would have helped.


The impact that tooth loss can have on people and their lives should not be underestimated. In this study it affected 45% of the participants.

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Malnutrition is a major problem faced by elderly people whose bite force is reduced by 75% in the first 5 years of wearing dentures and a shocking 97% after 15 years.

Dentures put wearers at risk of malnutrition because they cause wearers to avoid healthy foods which are difficult to chew, a major study has shown. 

Researchers at King's College London found the same was true for people with tooth loss, who also struggle to chew food properly.
In both cases, tooth loss and wearing dentures was associated with joint and muscle frailty, which can leave people at risk of bone breakages and falls.
The scientists said that people with dentures, or fewer teeth find it difficult to eat foods such as fibrous fruits and vegetables, nuts, and meat, which are essential for good nutrition.
Although dentures improve chewing function, the bite force is much weaker than that of natural teeth, meaning users often avoid certain foods.
"Persons of inadequate dentition are less likely to eat hard food that is difficult to chew, for example, some of the fresh fruits and vegetables, apples, pears, carrots, nuts, etc," said Dr. Wael Sabbah, from King's College London Dental Institute. 
"They could also have difficulties in eating some cooked food such as meat, depending on the way it is cooked."
The study examined the health of more than 1.800 people who had an average age of 62, and were categorized into three groups; having at least 20 teeth, denture wearers with fewer than 20 teeth, and people and non-denture wearers with fewer than 20 teeth.
Researchers tested all groups for strength, frailty, BMI, and oral health, and were interviewed about their nutritional intake.
The group that had less than 20 teeth and did not use dentures, and those who used dentures, were found to have consumed the least amount of nutrients, compared to recommended daily amounts. They were also found to be more frail.
Denture wearers and those with fewer teeth were 32% more likely to be frail, and 20% more likely to be nutritionally deficient.
The researchers say the study demonstrates how important oral health is in preventing tooth loss which can cause nutritional deficiencies in later life.
Nutrients are crucial to maintain muscle mass and stave off musculoskeletal frailty.
"Few studies have examined the relationship between oral health, the number of teeth, and general frailty," added Dr. Sabbah.
"One of the important findings of the study is the significant relationship between the condition of teeth and deficiency in intake of essential nutrients, regardless of the use of dentures.
"To date, the majority of efforts to improve frailty have focused on nutrition strategies, including health education, while the influence of teeth on dietary restraint of the elderly has been neglected.
"The findings of this analysis. along with that reported in earlier research, suggest that the use of dentures could be a neglected intervention that could potentially have a preventative impact on musculoskeletal frailty.
"The results also highlight the importance of developing oral health policies to ensure older adults maintain functional dentition throughout their life."
The research was published in the journal Geriatrics & Gerontology International.


When interviewing for a job or considering a career change, appearance is important. Not just the clothes worn for the interview or the hairstyle, but an applicant's smile.

Everyone interviewing for a position knows it's best to make eye contact and smile often. But for people with broken teeth, or teeth that are discolored, crooked, or missing, smiling at your interviewer can prove awkward. Hearing the dreaded, "thank you for your interest" is even worse.

On the other hand, covering your mouth while talking during an interview isn't a good option; unless you are applying for a job as a ventriloquist. Even then, the job screener would be watching your mouth to see if they can see your lips move. 

Research has shown that people with good looking teeth have a much better chance of getting hired over someone with visibly bad oral health. This is especially true for customer service and good entry-level jobs.

"If you want to portray someone as being wicked, they have missing front teeth. If they're ignorant, they have buck teeth," says Susan Hyde, a dentist at the University of California at San Francisco. "Even from a very early age, we associate how one presents their oral health with all kinds of biases that reflect some of the social biases that we have."

An Israeli study involving the digital manipulation of teeth on pictured subjects further supports what Dr. Hyde found. First impressions showed that thise with crooked, discolored, or missing teeth were believed to be undesirable. They were viewed as having limited intelligence, bad parents, being less professional, of a lower social class, lacking social skills, and less attractive.

Althought the U.S. is one of the leading nations for dental innovations, many Americans of all age groups suffer from poor oral health. This is due to lacking dental insurance and a shortage of dentists in some areas. A 2012 report from the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging showed that 43% of the population, or 130 million people, have no dental coverage.

Beginning in January, 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) guarantees dental care for children, but not for adults. With millions of Americans still unemployed oy underemployed, the best opportunity for adults without coverage may be purchasing their own dental insurance or discount dental plans.

"Many people tend to focus on fixing the things about themselves they think will have the biggest impact, often overlooking one of the most impressionable, physical attributes like their teeth," said Timothy A. Mack, senior vice president of business development for Align Technology, maker of Invisalign.

It's important to have good oral health for a number of reasons. In today's society, your career may depend on it.



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