An award-winning grin and joyous laughter can make a subtle but huge impact on your daily life.
Here at South Pasadena Dental Group, there's nothing our dentists love more than a confident, beautiful smile. Call us biased, but we understand just how much a smile or laugh can improve our patients' lives. Check out some of the incredible reasons you should try laughing and smiling more every day.
1. Improve Your Overall Appearance
When meeting someone for the first time, the first thing a person looks at is the face, and your mouth is a huge part of that. Even without cosmetic surgery, smiling and laughing can give your appearance a huge boost! Smiling and laughing is also the fastest and cheapest way to get a facelift. When you do either, you can take years off of your appearance. Research has shown that people usually guess people’s ages younger than they are if they’re laughing or smiling—even if it’s the same person they’re looking at!
2. Seem More Attractive
Attraction is much more than just your aesthetic look. We find ourselves drawn to people smiling or laughing as they seem much more approachable than those who don’t. (Would you feel comfortable walking up to someone frowning or scowling at you? Probably not.) Age and place doesn’t matter, either. Whether you’re a kid at school or an adult at an office party, everyone loves a good smile.
It’s also proven that people have overall better relationships when they are a habitual smiler or laugher. They seem likable to us, and they often have a better shot at building relationships with people, family, friends, and coworkers alike. Plus, laughter is contagious, after all, and it can make connecting with others easier, especially as an ice breaker.
3. Reduce Your Stress Levels
Not only do smiling and laughing feel good, but they help your body become less chronically stressed. These actions have been proven to reduce our production of cortisol and epinephrine, two of the primary stress hormones. Without stress, our heart rate decreases, and we feel calmer and happier.
4. Boost Your Immune System
Patients who smile more frequently also tend to be in better overall health. When our bodies are more relaxed, it can be more prepared to fight off illnesses and infections. As dentists, we have plenty of experience with this advantage as we see amazing oral health benefits for our smilers. Patients with weak immune systems have a harder time fighting off the toxins and bacteria in dental plaque, leading to frequent cavities and severe gum disease.
5. Improve Your Mood and Your Mindset
You can do a lot to affect how you feel, both mentally and emotionally, by smiling and laughing. When you do either, your body releases a flood of endorphins and serotonin into your system. Endorphins are a natural painkiller, and serotonin a mood booster. With both, you can make your mind and body feel much better. People with a happier mindset tend to do better in the workplace, too, as they're often more creative and productive in the office than their surlier coworkers.
Smiling and laughing have proven the old saying “fake it ‘til you make it” true, too. Studies have shown that even if you’re not happy, just the act of smile and laughing can trick your brain into feeling a bit better. It doesn’t need to be a natural smile, either, since your body can’t tell the difference. Real or fake, it will still let the endorphins flow and improve how you’re feeling. However, please know that this isn’t a miracle cure to erase all of your troubles. If you suffer from anxiety or depression, please talk to your doctor for professional help.
6. Lower Blood Sugar and Pressure
Smiling and laughing prevent our blood vessels from constricting, decreasing your blood pressure, improving your overall circulation, and making your muscles relax. Patients with type 2 diabetes can also see their blood glucose levels decrease when laughing after meals. Your blood sugar can impact your general health, dental health included. In addition to greater risk for kidney and heart disease, eye problems, and nerve damage, diabetes can lead to tooth decay, gingivitis, slower healing, and oral thrush.
7. Live Long and Prosper
People who smile more tend to not just enjoy their lives more, but they also live naturally longer lives than those who don’t. A life full of smiles sees a boost of endorphins and better blood flow, which can have a noticeable effect on their risk factors for illnesses and diseases. Plus, stress can add extra wear and tear on the body, making your body work harder like a candle burning on both ends. Overall, the biggest grinners live years longer on average than those always frowning or stressed.
Let Loose Your Smile
Some of our South Pasadena patients try hiding their smiles behind their hands or stop themselves from smiling at all because they don't like its look. It can be because of its appearance and health of their teeth or how they choose to smile. When they come in for a checkup or treatment, they ask us, “How can I smile more naturally?” Others look up on Google or Yahoo “how many teeth should show when smiling?”
However, what they don’t realize is that there’s much more to having a great smile than practicing it in the mirror. (Our dentists stop you from trying out and perfecting your grin in the mirror. We know that the act of smiling, even if it’s fake, can help you achieve many of the same benefits as an organic one.) If you need help feeling more confident in your smile, we can help you reshape it until you can’t help but show it off. In addition to cavity and gum disease treatments like fillings, crowns, and deep cleanings, your dentist can improve your pearly whites with cosmetic procedures. Some of our most popular treatments include porcelain veneers, professional teeth whitening, and Invisalign.
With cosmetic dentistry, we can help correct:
Crooked and crowded teeth
Decades of stains and yellowing
Misaligned jaws and bites (overbite, underbite, open bite, etc.)
Lumpy or misshapen teeth
Teeth that are too long or too short
As dentists, we take pride in our patients’ happiness and satisfaction, both in our dental work and our caring service. If you have any questions about our cosmetic procedures or tips for improving your dental health, don’t be shy and call our dental office at (626) 325-0331.
Does Oral Health Affect Overall Health?
Just as laughing and smiling can improve your overall health, so can your oral health. Our bodies are interconnected systems that work with and play off each other, meaning that the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts. A laugh can release endorphins and improve your mental state. High blood sugar can cause sight problems or stroke. And dry mouth, advanced tooth decay, and gum disease can worsen your body’s defenses against heart disease, pneumonia, and diabetes.
Cavities and periodontal disease can put the life of your tooth in danger, and they won’t go away without professional treatment. Left untreated, the bacteria and infection move away from your diseased teeth to nearby healthy teeth and gum tissue. They continue to spread further, entering the bloodstream and wreaking havoc on the rest of your body.
Patients who let their dental decay and gum disease get out of control have a greater risk of:
Is It OK To Go To The Dentist Once A Year?
After all, if you brush and floss your teeth regularly, you're sure to have plaque- and decay-free teeth, right? There's actually a lot more that goes into your dental health than your dental hygiene habits at home. Your diet, saliva production, and dentist visits are crucial factors that play a role in stopping plaque and bacteria buildup on your pearly whites. Most patients should come into our dental office for a dental cleaning twice a year, once every six months, to ensure tooth decay and gum infection don't get a hold on your smile. If you have a checkered past full of previous dental health issues, we may ask you to come in every three or four months. This way, we can closely monitor your smile and ensure you don't develop a cavity or gingivitis in the interim time.