Smiling is Good for Your Health

Vanity. It’s one of those “bad words” many of us don’t want to be associated with. We go out of our way to avoid being labeled as vain.  Sure, it’s admirable to value things besides the way we look on the outside, but that doesn’t mean it’s “bad” to care about our appearance.

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At Soft Touch Dental in San Diego, we’ve seen people put off having broken teeth fixed or discolored teeth whitened because they were concerned with the idea of being “vain.” But these are the same people who smile with their lips closed or cover their mouths with their hands to laugh.

That’s no way to live. When your cosmetic dental issues cause you to restrain your smile and hide your teeth, not only does your confidence suffer, but your health does, too. And the way we see it, there’s nothing vain about living your best and healthiest life.

Take a look at the following health benefits of smiling:

Smiling lowers stress

Studies have shown that people who smile following a stressful situation have lower heart rates than those who assume neutral expressions. The act of smiling, even when it’s forced, has the power to lower stress and anxiety.

Smiling releases “feel good” hormones

Endorphins are the chemicals in your body responsible for the “runners high” you get after exercising. Smiling releases endorphins, too, making it a powerful tool in boosting your mood.  And when you’re happier, you’re also more likely to make healthy choices.

Smiling strengthens your immune system

When you smile and laugh, you’re decreasing stress hormones and increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. This improves your body’s ability to fight disease.

Smiling may help you live longer

Did you know that a lack of social connection can have as detrimental an impact on your health as obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure? Believe it or not, social connection leads to a 50% chance of longevity of life. Smiling works against isolation by making you more approachable to others. A genuine smile provides a welcoming invitation for social interaction.

Smiling is contagious

Each time you smile at someone, their mirror neurons stimulate a sensation associated with smiling, which coaxes them smile as well. And when this happens, their smile gives them all the same health benefits yours gives you.

Stop hiding your smile!

Ask yourself now…if your smile can lower your stress level, increase your immune system, help you live longer, and do the same for others, do you still think it’s vain to set it free?  At Soft Touch Dental in San Diego, we think not.  You have the right to a beautiful, confident smile and all the health benefits that come with it.

Come in and see us. We offer a range of dental services that can address broken or discolored teeth, missing teeth, or any other concerns that are keeping you from sharing your smile with the world.

Give us a call to schedule an appointment today.