The daily interaction with my patients has enriched me in both professionally and personally. After 15 years of practicing dentistry I have seen time and again how people that smile are happier, look healthier and live longer. These patients generally take few or no medications and have a “clean” medical history. When I run into one of these “happy and healthy old patients”, I ask them what they do to stay happy and healthy. The common answer is: Smile!
Dr. Patch Adams is worldly known by his studies using the power of a smile on overall health. I recommend the movie about it.
1. Smiling: a natural remedy
Studies have shown that smiling releases serotonin and endorphins. We can help our body release these brain chemicals by laughing.
2. Smiling Relieves Stress
Smiling helps prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to smile. You will feel better.
3. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling improves immune function, possibly because you are more relaxed. Have you noticed that “Happy People” don’t get sick as often as unhappy people?
4. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
Sit for a few minutes and take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. You will see a difference.
5- Smiling Changes Moods
When someone is smiling they brighten up the room, change situations and the moods of others. A smiling person brings happiness to others.
6. Smiling Makes You Look Younger and More Attractive
We are naturally attracted to smiles. The muscles used to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Avoid surgery: Just smile more. You’ll look younger and feel better!
7. Smiling improves your Self-Esteem
Your smile conveys friendliness; it makes you approachable. People who smile appear more confident, and are more likely to be promoted. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and see the results!
8. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. Hard, isn’t it? Smiling can cure anxiety and depression.
9. IT IS FREE!
ARE YOUR TEETH KEEPING YOU FROM SMILING?
If you are uncomfortable with the appearance of your teeth, the dentist can help you bring back your smile! A simple cleaning, teeth whitening, crowns or veneers could drastically improve your health and self-esteem.
At Hollywood Smiles, we are fully committed to helping patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Dr. Newman can be reached at hollywoodsmilesfl.com.
Dr. Marcela Newman