We shouldn’t be reminding you to take care of your dental hygiene but this might make you sit up and notice. Women pay attention to a man’s mouth and teeth to decode if he will be a good mate as well as his kissability. If your mouth looks like it belongs on a warning ad from a cigarette pack, you’ve got work to do to before you start locking lips with anyone.
What Your Mouth Says About You
When she’s sizing up your potential as a suitable and genetically compatible mate, her attention will linger on your mouth. The University of Albany study showed that the appearance of a man’s teeth helps determine his kissability. Women in the study were also more likely than men to factor in chemical cues – his breath, for example, and the taste of his mouth. Gallup argues that this is because kissing provides information about a person’s health and hormonal status, because the sebaceous glands (which are densely concentrated on the face) are regulated by sex hormones.
Don’t Kiss On The First Date
Don’t try to telegraph your genetic suitability right away. Instead, wait until the second or third date. “I love it when the tension builds up so much that it feels like we’ve been waiting ages for the kiss, and then we can’t stop for hours,” says Laura, 29, a brand manager. “If you kiss on the first date, it’s usually a boring peck and there’s no tension behind it. The best ones are worth waiting for.”
When it is go time, a little preparedness will pay off. Consider packing a small tube of mouthspray, or a travel-sized bottle of mouthwash. Duck into the restroom after dinner to use it (and gives you a chance to check if you’ve got spinach stuck between the teeth). Then take the initiative.
Don’t Play Tonsil Hockey (Yet)
“If a man is coming off as self-assured, this will make him appear more attractive at the moment of the kiss,” says Kandi Walker, Ph. D., an interpersonal communication expert at the University of Louisville. Most important, start off easy. “Kiss her lightly around her mouth, on her cheeks, or on her neck – that’s a very sensual thing to do,” says Andrea Demirjian, who interviewed 250 women and men for her book Kissing: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About One of Life’s Sweetest Pleasures. “Then when you reach her mouth, kiss her very softly on the lips; no insert-tongue-here kisses. Going slowly is sure to entice her.”