Smile ~ it’s Good for You!

Smile ~ it’s Good for You!

Immune System
Lowers blood pressure
Elevates your mood

June is “National Smile Month”! Did you know that there are many benefits to “smiling”? The acronym above names just a few! A smile is more than just the perimeter of the “pie hole” on our face!

Successful ~ Studies have shown that when we smile regularly we appear to be more confident, are more likely to receive a promotion and that it makes us more approachable. All of these are positive results that we can easily produce in our lives and careers just by smiling! Go ahead, give it a whirl, try putting on a smile at meetings, business appointments, events or even just walking down the street! People might react to you differently!

Magnetic ~ Have you noticed that we are naturally drawn to people that are smiling? Studies have found that there is a real physical attraction factor associated to the gesture of smiling. People want to be around those who have a “smile” on their face. Of course, it is of no surprise, that the frown, grimace and negative facial expressions have the opposite effect.
Your “smile power” can brighten a room, change the atmosphere by putting people at ease and elevate your mood along with the moods of those around you! It is scientifically proven that smiles are contagious! What a powerful thing – a smile.

Immune ~ This is a big one. Smiling can boost your overall health and well-being. The act of smiling helps our immune system to function more effectively. The thought is that when we smile, our immune function improves because we are more relaxed because of the release of endorphins, natural painkillers and serotonin. Together these three neurotransmitters make us feel good from head to toe. During the next cold and flu season, add SMILING to your prevention methods along with washing your hands and taking vitamin C! Bottom line – turn that frown upside down! Our smiles can be considered a natural alternative medicine! Smile and reap the harvest of better overall health!

Lowers blood pressure ~ As we shared above, when we smile…something is happening in our bodies. Studies have shown that “smiling” can create a measurable reduction in our blood pressure. Take the test! If you have a blood pressure monitor at home sit for a few minutes and take a reading. Jot down those numbers. Now put a huge smile on your face and take another reading! Did your numbers drop? Again, this is the power of your smile!

Elevate ~ If you are ever feeling blue try putting on a smile. Did you know that by choosing to smile you can fool your body into thinking you are “happy”? Smiling can trick your brain into elevating your mood because the physical act of smiling activates neural messaging in your brain.

A simple smile can trigger the release of neural communication boosting neuropeptides as well as mood-boosting neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. Smiling is your natural anti-depressant! So, what are you waiting for!? Smile strong ~ smile long ~ elevate your day to a new level!

So, as you can see…. your smile produces many benefits! Sadly, for many, smiling can be embarrassing. Many people hide their smiles because of bad, missing or crooked teeth. Friends, if this is you, there is hope! There are so many affordable options that can help each of us have a beautiful smile.

Having a nice smile isn’t just a cosmetic or egotistical decision. It is a decision that can change your life, influence your health and benefit those around you. At McGlone Dental Care we offer services that can brighten your smile, repair broken or chipped teeth, replace any that are missing and turn your frown upside down! Call us today! Dr. Greg would love to meet with you and discuss the best options for you!