Is your smile making you feel blue? No one should be embarrassed by an action that is supposed to reflect joy and positivity. Keep reading to find out the benefits of smiling and to see a few suggestions to help you become more confident in your smile!

Reasons why you should smile more!

The simple act of smiling triggers our body to release cortisol and endorphins. While too much cortisol is bad, the amount that is released from smiling actually provides you with more energy and makes you feel happy. Endorphins are often released after an intense run or workout, or after eating chocolate. They also improve your mood and have been known to give you a more positive outlook on life! 

These are some health benefits associated with smiling:

Reduced blood pressure

Although smiling and laughter raises your heart rate, the muscle relaxation that follows decreases heart rate and blood pressure, which helps to reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Increased endurance

Research on Olympic athletes revealed that periodically smiling, while undergoing a highly intense performance, helps the athletes relax and cope with stress, anxiety, and tense situations. Read more about how smiling can improve your endurance.

Reduced pain

The endorphins that are released when smiling, can act as a mild pain reliever. Many pain-relief medications are created to produce relief that mimics endorphin release.

Reduced stress

The feeling of stress comes from increased heart rate and blood pressure. Smiling helps reduce heart rate and blood pressure resulting in relaxation and peace of mind. 

Psychological and Physical health benefits? Double Bonus!

Strengthened Immune System

For the same reasons that smiling reduces stress and pain, through reduced blood pressure, smiling helps boost your immune system. During these cold winter months, prevent yourself from getting sick by washing your hands and smiling!

While there are plenty of health benefits associated with smiling, it doesn’t stop there. Smiling benefits you socially and emotionally too!

Approachability

It is scientifically proven that smiling makes individuals seem more welcoming. The phrase “smiles are contagious” isn’t just a myth. When you smile, others are likely to smile and feel more comfortable in your presence. Read about the secret to being approachable.

Youthful appearance

When you smile, your cheeks and eyes naturally lift, giving the look of youth. Smiling creates a natural face lift affect. Smile more, stay younger longer.

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Success and confidence

When people smile, they appear more confident. The dopamine that’s released when smiling causes an increase in creativity, productivity, and efficiency!

Fake or genuine, smiling brings positivity

Even forced smiles will bring a positive change to your mood. Smiling will send your brain signals causing a reduction in stress and anxiety. The lesson here is: force yourself to smile every once in a while. After all, it takes more energy and strength to frown than to smile.

Want to become confident in your smile?

It’s a new year, so treat yourself to a new smile! Rethink your oral hygiene routine.

No one finds joy in flossing, but here are a few ways that could make oral hygiene a little bit more bearable:

Gift yourself a new toothbrush!

You’re supposed to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months anyway, but this year vamp it up! Electric toothbrushes have been proven to be more effective in cleaning your teeth than regular manual toothbrushes. Using an electric toothbrush is simple, and it massages your gums without irritating them.

Discover which type of floss is best suited for you!

There are different materials that are used for flossing, including string floss, floss sticks, picks, and more! While string floss is recommended, less time-consuming options are the dental sticks. They’re quick and easy to use. Any acceptable method of flossing is better than not flossing at all.

woman ready to floss

Swap out your boring old mouthwash for a fun flavour!

There are even fun colours and flavours for children, with their favourite Disney characters on the front. Using mouthwash can be fun for all ages!

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Love your coffee and/or wine? Don’t fear!

A great way to prevent stain build-up is to drink still or sparkling water while drinking the pigmented beverages. You can be confident in your smile, and enjoy the drinks that you love!

Take care of your tongue!

Your teeth aren’t the only important parts of your mouth. In fact, just brushing your teeth won’t help your breath as much as you probably think. A good tool to combat this problem is a tongue scraper. Fresh breath equals a confident person! 

Do you need a Dental Care provider this year?

We, at Stroud Dental, are accepting new patients! 

Click here, to request an appointment.

If you have any questions about how to improve your oral hygiene habits, consult your dentist or hygienist!

Happy New Year!