Did you know that smiling is actually good for you both mentally and physically? No one can deny that laughter is the best medicine and in celebration of National Smile Month between May 17th – June 17th, the team at Ten Dental are here to not only promote the importance of good oral heath, but show you the many health benefits of smiling.
Improves your mood
Every time we smile, our body releases endorphins, dopamine and serotonin which are known as mood-boosting neurotransmitters to help combat stress or sadness.
You’ll be surprised how something as simple as a funny picture or memory can trigger the brain into entering a happier state of mind. Smiling is infectious and it emits positive vibes to yourself and others – even fake smiling works, so turn that frown upside down!
Relieves stress & anxiety
Subsequently, one smile has the power to relieve any signs of stress and anxiety because the level of endorphins outweighs the level of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body.
This lowers your heart rate and blood pressure for better circulation, as well as relaxes your muscles and prevents us from looking tired or nervous in a stressful situation. Very beneficial for your overall well-being!
Boosts the immune system
Having a healthy immune system is vital these days in protecting ourselves from infections and viruses like COVID-19. Smiling boosts your immune system by releasing proteins known as neuropeptides to fight against serious illnesses.
The more relaxed you are, the better your immune system will be to function properly, so remember to include smiling or laughing as part of your daily routine.
One of the other health benefits of smiling is that it temporarily reduces minor aches and pains. Again, endorphins act as the body’s natural painkillers with the ability to increase your pain threshold and tolerance.
Gives you a younger, attractive appearance
Finally, research has shown that smiling makes you more attractive, confident, approachable and look younger by decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. People naturally associate positive traits to others who respond with a friendly smile, in comparison to those who scowl or frown.
It pays to have a healthy, beautifully bright smile, so wear yours with pride this National Smile Month!
Call the smile experts
Looking for the smile of your dreams? At Ten Dental, we offer a wide range of cosmetic and orthodontic treatments available, including Invisalign and professional teeth whitening treatment in London. Nothing is more important to us than your oral heath and our team of dental professionals will help you keep on smiling for longer!
Get in touch via our Wandsworth, Balham and Clapham High Street dental clinics for more information.