We love being in the business of smiles here at Gladstone Family Dentistry. Not only does giving someone the confidence to grin make us happy, a great smile has the same power a neurosurgeon has.
I know, you’re saying “that’s impossible!” and I may be exaggerating just a smidge. But it’s been scientifically proven that smiling changes how your brain is wired – and affects the brains of those around you.
Why Smiling is Important to Your Health
We all know that happiness causes us to smile, but did you know that smiling can actually cause happiness? It’s true! Even if you plaster a big fake grin on your face, your body is structured to use that as a signal for stress relief and your brain will react by boosting your mood!
Stress is a huge health risk, so doing little things throughout your day – like smiling even if you don’t mean it – can help your whole body. We know that we talk about how gum disease can affect more than your oral health – but the science of smiling puts a positive spin on how oral health can affect overall health.
Flashing your pearly whites can also help your interpersonal relationships. One study found that one person’s smile made those around him or her happier. It also made the smiling person appear more competent and courteous. Also, both research and personal observation tell us that smiling (like yawning) is contagious.
Don’t be Self-Conscious – Smile!
Sometimes patients come in because they are too self-conscious to flash their pearly whites. There are so many solutions for any dental issue you may have that we know we can help you get your smile back.
As dentists, we are here not only for your dental health but to help you discover and retain your confidence. Improving smiles is a big part of that! Here are a few issues that patients ask us to correct:
- Crooked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- A missing tooth or teeth
- Bad breath
- Gum disease
We know that poor confidence can cost you a raise, make you stressed out, and affect personal relationships. If you want to improve how your smile looks, or just need some dental health maintenance, be sure to contact us. We are here to help you grin from ear to ear!