“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”
Your smile can be one of your most notable attributes and has the power to turn your whole mood around.
Yes, we know we might be slightly biased about the importance of a smile considering that we care for our patients’ dental health but don’t just take our word for it! The importance of smiling is backed by countless studies that prove it can improve health and happiness.
Still skeptical about the importance of showing off those pearly whites? Here’s a quick breakdown of the top reasons to smile more.
Most patients are astonished to find out just how powerful smiling can be. Some of the top benefits include:
Improve Your Mood: It turns out there’s some truth to the phrase “grin and bear it.” Even if you’re not feeling particularly happy, smiling can actually improve your mood. While our mood often dictates our body language and facial expressions, the same is true vice versa.
Researchers found that forcing a smile can impact chemicals in the brain. For example, smiling can force the brain to release serotonin, a mood-boosting neurotransmitter.
Strengthen Your Immune System: Smiling can even boost your immune system by promoting the production of white blood cells which help to protect the body from infectious disease. A 2011 study found that hospitalized children who were visited by entertainers that made them smile or laugh had higher white blood cell counts than children who did not get visits.
Reduce Stress Levels: Along with releasing serotonin, smiling more can also trigger other feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and endorphins. These brain chemicals don’t just make you feel happier, but they also help to relax the body. Relaxing the body will then help to lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
A study from the University of Kansas found that smiling could significantly lower stress levels after testing on 169 subjects. During their experiment, researchers divided subjects into three groups and had each group perform a task while holding various facial expressions. The study revealed that subjects who smiled had the lowest heart rate.
Impact Others: Now imagine you can pass that feel-good attitude to others — it’s actually possible by just showing off your smile! Mimicking other people’s facial expressions is actually an unconscious automatic response.
Along with making others smile, you’ll also change the way others perceive you. Smiling more can make you appear more approachable and friendly. Another study from the European Journal of Social Psychology found that smiling can make you appear more attractive to others.
With the vast range of benefits, it’s easy to see why smiling is important. So, what about patients that feel unhappy or self-conscious about their smile? We strongly encourage you to consider seeking professional dental care.
Here at our Palm Harbor office, we offer various dental services ranging from a routine cleaning to extensive restorative treatment. Find out how we can give you a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact our office today and schedule your next appointment with Dr. Paul Caputo!
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A