Smiling is the most basic and universal muscle movement we make. It doesn’t matter where you live, what language you speak, how old you are, or who you hang out with, a smile means the same thing to everyone. Smiling not only makes you more photogenic, it also provides a host of other health benefits that you may not have realized. One thing that we at Artistic Touch Dentistry cannot stand is hearing that our patients don’t have the confidence to smile because of their teeth. We want our patients to feel comfortable in their smile because it’s so important to your health. This is why we offer many effective and fantastic cosmetic dentistry procedures in our Melbourne, Florida office. If you were looking for a few more reasons to smile every day, here are a few examples of why smiling is good for your soul!
Smiling is Good For Your Body
We all smile unconsciously when we’re happy because of endorphins, but did you know that the act of smiling also releases more endorphins that produce a sense of well being? Some researchers have found that even forcing a smile can change our brain chemistry and get us feeling better. Remember that next time your toddler takes crayons to your new china cabinet. Smiling also reduces stress, and not just because happy people are less stressed out, but because moving your facial muscles into a smile can really reduce stress. A study published in the journal Psychological Science, implored participants to hold chopsticks in their mouth in varying ways. Unbeknownst to the participants, they were being forced to smile in order to hold the chopsticks as they were instructed. Those who had to produce big smiles to hold the utensils experienced a reduced heart rate and quicker stress reduction than those who did not smile.
Another interesting thing about stress reduction and smiling is that it trickles down to a cellular level. When you smile you tell your brain you are safe, and your brain can then relax allowing your cells to rest. Well-rested cells make for a well rested body and more smiles to come. And, speaking of well-rested cells, smiling can actually retrain your brain to think more positively. If you practice smiling you can keep your thoughts in a more positive space for longer and longer, instead of being fixated on negative thing.
Smiling is Good For Your Relationships
Smiling is contagious and can shape other’s perceptions of you as well. Smiling makes you more approachable, which in turn opens you up to meeting new exciting people with whom you can share mores smiles with. Studies have also shown that it can make you more trustworthy as well. So, that promotion you’ve been eyeing could be closer than you think with more frequent flashes of those pearly whites. Once you get that promotion, you shouldn’t stop smiling either. As smiling has also been shown to boost productivity and increase creativity.
Smiling is Good For Your Teeth
As good as smiling is for your mind, body, and relationships, it’s also on of the most important things you can do to your teeth. Think about it, the more you smile, the more you show off your teeth, and the more you show off your teeth, the better you’ll want your teeth to look. Naturally if you want your teeth to look and feel great, you will take impeccable care of your teeth by brushing and flossing to keep cavities and stains away. The more confident people are in their smiles, the more they will take care of their smile so they can keep on confidently smiling.
It’s a wonderful cycle, you smile for your brain, for your relationships, and for your teeth. In turn you can’t help smiling because your teeth are healthy and you can smile with confidence. If you’re looking for that boost in confidence that comes with a fresh, clean smile or bright white teeth, give Artistic Touch Dentistry a call. Along with routine dental cleanings, we offer a host of safe and effective cosmetic dental procedures that can brighten your brilliant smile.
Give us a call today and tell us your reason to smile!