One of the most rewarding parts of being in the dental field is that we get to see genuine smiles every single day. Not only do those ear-to-ear grins give us great satisfaction, they inspire others to smile, as well — and that’s great news, because as it turns out, smiling is actually good for you. What does smiling have to do with your well-being?
When You’re Smiling, the Whole World Smiles With You
Believe it or not, there have been several studies about the benefits of smiling. Here are just a few of the findings:
- Smiling is literally good for your healthy. It can slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, amp up your immune functions, dull your pain, and reduce your stress levels. Studies indicate that this is true even when you’re faking a smile. Even on the gloomiest of Seattle days, try smiling; it just might make you feel better.
- Smiling makes you look younger. If you’re skeptical, perform your own experiment. Stand in front of the mirror with a neutral expression and notice where your cheeks, jowls, brows, and eyes rest; now give yourself a smile. Instant facelift! When you’re not smiling, gravity takes its toll; why would you frown when smiling can take years off of your face?
- Smiling makes you seem confident. No matter what the setting — a meeting at work, an awkward social engagement, or the cereal aisle at Safeway — people who smile are perceived to be more confident than those who don’t. This is even the case with a fake smile, so fake it ‘til you make it!
- Smiling draws others to you. When you smile, people assume that you are both happy and confident and, as a result, are drawn to you. They’re also more likely to instinctively trust you. If you’re trying to make an impression, a genuine smile is the best way to go.
- Smiling is contagious. Nobody wants to be exposed to something infections — unless it’s a smile. Even under the worst circumstances, when someone smiles at you, it’s hard not to smile back. Sometimes, your smile is the only positive thing that a person experiences in their day! No matter what you do, keep on sharing that smile.
If anything about your teeth is preventing you from sharing your smile, then be sure to mention it at your next appointment. Better yet, call today to schedule a consultation so we can talk about what you’d like to change!
Yours in health,
Dr. Moberly and Dr. Rustemier