Smiling is one of the most important things in the world. It may be small, but your smile has a huge impact. In case reminders about periodontal disease and cavities can’t convince you to come into the dentist, perhaps the positives of having a beautiful smile can convince you to take care of your teeth.
Your smile is very, very powerful, so you might as well make it beautiful. In fact an article by Forbes reported that scientists concluded “smiling can be as stimulating as receiving up to 16,000 Pounds Sterling in cash.”
Each and every time you smile, chemicals are released in your brain. According to Psychology Today, when you smile, neuropeptides are released. These can help fight off stress by allowing neurons to communicate with one another. Smiling actually has many of the benefits of getting a good nights sleep.
Additionally, neurotransmitters such as dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin are released. As a result, your body relaxes, your heart rate and blood pressure lowers, and you feel happier. The serotonin specifically acts as an antidepressant. Therefore, if you are having a difficult and stressful day, it will likely actually help you if you smile!
There are many other advantages of smiling. For example, if you are in pain these natural chemicals can actually help relieve your pain, so next time you have a head ache try flashing a smile. Plus, smiling has even been shown to make people more attractive. People who smile more often are even sometimes treated differently. Just imagine how much more attractive your smile will be after a trip to the dentist!