If you’re feeling down in the dumps….rumor has it it that you may not only have a bad attitude, but you you might have bad breath as well! Pessimists are more likely to have dental problems, like halitosis, cavities, or missing and decayed teeth. They are more likely to have a negative attitude about going to the dentist as well.
This research was done on the attitudes and dental records of 1,037 people in the 30s. These people also filled out questionnaires, one about their feelings towards dentists, and the other one rating character traits. Some of these pessimists admitted being afraid of dental visits, avoiding checkups, and only going to the dentist when having an issue. These people tended to be more easily stressed and less sociable. Because of this, these people tended to have more tooth decay than those not afraid of going to the dentist, and had twice as many rotten/missing teeth and fillings by the age of 32. These people generally had more anxiety problems and were more able to deal with life’s issues in a positive fashion.