How smiling can affect your mental health

For most people, being told to smile when we’re not in the mood for it can be the last thing you’d like to hear. Although that person should probably keep that suggestion to themselves, there is a helpful truth behind it. Smiling can affect your mental health. There is evidence that suggests smiling even when we aren’t in the mood to do so can help improve our mood. With a little help from your dentist, you can make even your fake smile shine.

Although smiling is usually a reaction to having feelings of joy and contentment, this can also work in reverse. When we smile, our brain reacts by releasing hormones like serotonin and dopamine, known as the “happy hormones.” Repeated smiling, even faking it, can lead to lower levels of stress and anxiety. Increased levels of serotonin and dopamine can help to stave off depression as well.

Interestingly, a study out of Wales found that because people with certain Botox injections were no longer able to frown, that they were happier overall than their counterparts who were still able to frown. Although we don’t suggest everyone goes out and gets Botox, it’s an interesting testament to the power of smiling, even if it is forced!

Smiling has an impact on ourselves and others. Similar to yawning, smiling is something that is contagious. Your happiness can very easily impact someone else’s day as well, perhaps making it even just a little bit brighter. Proper dental care can make you even more willing to show off your great smile.

Here at Verber Family Dentistry, we want you to smile more but we also want you to be happy with how your smile looks! So make sure to follow proper oral hygiene techniques such as brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. Stay up to date with your dental visits by getting a professional cleaning twice a year. Call us today to schedule an appointment so we can help you create your best smile!

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