Simply moving your facial muscles into a smile every day can garner some wonderful social and health benefits. Most people know that when you smile, you become more attractive than when you don’t. You also tend to look younger because a smile will draw the cheeks upward, giving you a sort of natural facelift. This makes you more approachable, because let’s face it, no one wants to engage an old sourpuss with a scowl.
What are some other reasons for creating a daily smile routine?
Stress relief and natural mood enhancement. Simply activating a smile during a stressful encounter can encourage your mind to feel better about the situation, which in turn, reduces the stress hormones released by your body. Smiling can also lower your blood pressure and help you feel better when you’re feeling down or depressed.
Smiling feels good. When you smile, your body releases natural mood-enhancers, similar to how your body reacts to your favorite comfort food. The feel-good endorphins and serotonin released into your body when you smile, however, are calorie-free. As an added bonus, smiling also releases a natural pain-killers into your system.
Stronger immune system. Perhaps the science behind this is that when you’re less stressed, happy, and more relaxed, your immune system tends to function a bit better.
It creates a positive atmosphere around you. Smiling at a stranger will usually reward you with a smile in return. Smiling also says to the world, “I’m confident and successful!”
If you’ve held back from a daily smile routine due to dental work you’ve been putting off, contacting a dentist who specializes in sedation dentistry can help you, once again, enjoy these wonderful benefits of smiling. Dr. Reem Kidess has helped many individuals overcome the fear of dental work to confidently reclaim their smile. Contact the office today to see what she can do for you!