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5 Reasons Smiling is Good for Your Health

December 14, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_sikes @ 4:23 pm
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There is a lot of power in a bright, healthy smile. A beautiful grin can help you win that new client or improve someone else’s mood. But if you are self-conscious about your teeth, getting veneers in Mount Pleasant can help you feel more confident so you can smile as much as you’d like.  Studies show that a cheerful grin can do more than just affect your mood. Read on to learn 5 reasons smiling is good for your health.

Makes You Appear Younger

Smiling can help you appear both younger and more attractive. The more you utilize the muscles that form a smirk or grin, the stronger they become. This will actually help to lift the face. So, rather than trying to avoid laugh lines, you should smile as often as possible to help wind back the clock!

Boosts Your Immune System

You actually help your immune system to function more effectively when you smile. When you smile, you become more relaxed and improve the efficiency of your immune system. A study performed by the Loma Linda University School of Medicine’s Department of Clinical Immunology found that laughing increases the number of white blood cells in the body, which are crucial when it comes to fighting infection.

Reduces Blood Pressure

A study from the University of Kansas reported that smiling releases cortisol and endorphins, which help to reduce the body’s response to stressors and lower the heart rate in stressful situations. 

Gives Your Energy a Boost

A long, stressful day can definitely show up on your face. Smiling can initiate the release of mood-boosting neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which both act as antidepressants. Making the choice to smile can take your energy level from sluggish to energetic in a matter of seconds! 

More Successful at Work

Studies show that people who smile appear to be more likable, courteous and competent. Smiling promotes feelings of happiness and satisfaction, so smilers also tend to be more productive at work.

Are you ready to start taking advantage of these benefits? You can start by simply making the conscious effort to start your day with a smile. If having whiter, straighter teeth will help encourage you to smile more, your cosmetic dentist in Mount Pleasant can help you decide which treatments are right for you.

About the Author

For more than 30 years, Dr. Robert Sikes has provided his patients with personalized, comprehensive dental care to help them achieve the smiles they deserve. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Baylor College of Dentistry in 1981 and has been transforming smiles ever since. Dr. Sikes continues to sharpen his skills through his memberships in both the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. If you think veneers might be the key to helping you smile more, contact the office at (903) 572-9720 or visit the website to schedule an appointment today.

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