There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a patient walk out with a nice, broad smile. We strive to make our patients happy with the care they receive and the smile they leave with. This isn’t just because we’re dentists, though. As it turns out, smiling is good for you. How can something so little make a difference in how you feel? Continue reading to learn more.
- Smiling reduces stress, heart rate, and blood pressure. In multiple studies, smiling has proven to produce neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, that slow the heart rate and improve the body’s response to stressors.
- Smiling makes you look younger and more attractive. We don’t need a lab to test this hypothesis, just a mirror. The next time you see your reflection, take a moment to, first, stand with a neutral expression. Slowly, turn the corners of your mouth into a smile and you’ll notice that everything — eyes, cheeks, jowls, lips — move upward.
- Smiling boosts your immune system. This goes back to those neurotransmitters. When your body is less stressed, your immune system functions at its peak and fights off germs and diseases with little effort. The next time your workplace is infested with cold or flu germs, ward off that illness with some intense hand-washing and smiling!
- Smiling helps you live longer. In longevity studies, it has been shown that those who smiled regularly lived to an average of 79.9 years, those who smiled moderately lived to an average of 75 years, and those who rarely smiled lived to 72.9 years. The only conclusion? We should smile a LOT to enjoy a longer life.
If there is anything that is keeping you from smiling, let us help! Whether you need whitening, veneers, or dental implants to be happy with your smile, we have a solution that will work. When you’re ready to prioritize your smile and your health, contact our office to schedule an appointment.