In previous blogs, we have talked a lot about the importance of dental care. One thing that often comes up is how important good dental care is to your smile and overall happiness. However, one thing we have yet to cover is the dangers of smiling — like, did you know smiles are contagious? This is something that should not be underestimated, and in today’s blog, we are going to look at some of the potential dangers of flashing your pearly whites.
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The Dangers of Smiling and Laughing
Smiling Can Alter Your Mood and Relaxation
When you are in a bad mood, the last thing you want to do is smile or laugh — even if you have a perfect smile. But did you know that if you start smiling or laughing — even if it’s fake! — this can improve your mood and sense of well-being? This is an important thing to remember for those who enjoy sulking, moping, and wallowing in their sadness. This study, for example, found that the simple act of curling your lips into a smile or faking a giggle can improve your mood. And when your mood improves, this can make you more relaxed and at peace. Yikes.
Smiling Might Make You Too Approachable
When you venture out into the world, say, maybe to the store or to visit your local dentists, did you know that smiling makes you more approachable? This means that the more you smile, the more people will want to engage with you. This could trigger all sorts of things like friendship and meaningful human interaction.
Also, as we mentioned at the beginning of this blog, smiling can be contagious. It can light up a room and make those around you smile and feel happier. Be cautious of this light you wield. Not only can it crash your pity party, but it can also cause other people to smile and feel better. Respect other people’s sadness.
Smiling May Free Up Time
As we mentioned, smiling can improve your mood. Studies show that when you are in a better mood you are more likely to focus on work and be all-around more productive. Not only will this burden you with praise from your boss and coworkers, but this could also give you more time to focus on other “important” things, like rewatching old shows and feeling sorry for yourself.
Smiling Can Affect Health
Smiling can not only affect your mental health, but it can also affect your physical state of being. Some studies have even found that smiling and laughing can lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease. Additionally, a 2010 Wayne State University study looked at major league baseball cards and found that players who didn’t smile in their pictures lived an average of 72.9 years, whereas those who smiled lived an average of 80 years. While some may be quick to categorize all of this as positive, keep in mind that these improvements could lead to other improvements, and before too long you might be swamped with messages from friends and family asking for health tips.
All jokes aside. It’s important to remember to smile and laugh more! Smiling and laughing is a source of joy. No one should feel self-conscious about their smile. If you find that you are holding back smiles and laughs because of your teeth, contact Montana Dental Works. We are a team of general and cosmetic dentists who take tremendous pride in our dental care and in helping people achieve a smile they can feel confident in. Whether you are in need of dental implants, teeth whitening, a root canal, or a simple check-up, we are Kalispell’s go-to dentists.
Don’t let your teeth get in the way of your happiness. Schedule your appointment today!