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The Benefits of Smiling

At Holman Family Dentistry, we consider it a great privilege to partner with you in the protection and care of your smile. Your smile is a powerful element of who you are. Did you know that smiling can benefit your life in a number of ways?

Here are the top ways that smiling can impact your life and health for the better:

Smiling Increases Your Mood 

The physical act of smiling spurs a chemical reaction in the brain, releasing certain hormones, particularly serotonin and endorphins into your system. The presence of these chemicals in the body boosts your mood and makes you feel happier. The mere act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.

Smiling Reduces Stress and Anxiety

These same chemicals that increase your mood also help you feel relaxed. When the serotonin and endorphins are released through smiling, your heart rate and blood pressure tend to drop, decreasing the amount of inflammation in your body. Studies have shown that smiling through a stressful situation can help you remain calm and not experience the damaging side effects of stress. So, although the effects of stress and anxiety can cause strain to your overall health, the simple act of smiling can diminish their impact.

Smiling Can Reduce Pain

These chemicals and endorphins that flood your system when you smile also can serve as natural painkillers, fully produced your own body and without the negative effects of medicine.

Strengthens Your Immune System

When you smile, it has been found that your body increases its production of white blood cells, which strengthens the immune system. The simple act of smiling can actually help protect your body from potential illness down the road.

Smiling Affects How You are Perceived by Others

When you smile, are seen by others in a more positive light and will be treated differently as a result. Smiling can cause you to be perceived by others as more attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. Scientists have found that simply by seeing an attractive smiling face activates your orbitofrontal cortex, the region in your brain processing sensory rewards. This suggests that when you see a person smiling, you actually feel that you’re being rewarded.

And even on days when you don’t feel like smiling, try it anyway! The brain does not know when you are faking it or giving an authentic smile. Either way, you can still be a benefactor of its benefits!

Despite the many benefits of a healthy smile, many people refrain from smiling in social situations simply because they are self-conscious of how their teeth look to other people. Do you find yourself hiding your smile in pictures and hiding your mouth when you talk? If so, it may be time to talk to our office so we can help you get a smile you can be confident about!

Don’t miss out on the benefits of showing your pearly whites! We at Holman Family Dentistry want to help you achieve and keep your best smile. Whether in the form of cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, Invisalign, or overall dental care, we are here to help you overcome any obstacles you face. When you are confident in your smile, it is easier to show it to the world.

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