When looking at pictures of yourself, what do you see? Do you see a smile that’s healthy and beautiful? Or, are you not smiling at all because you aren’t confident in the appearance of your smile? Are you self-conscious about the state of your dental health? When you look at pictures of yourself, and you’re not smiling, how does that make you feel?

You may be surprised to learn that how you feel about the state of your smile and oral health can also affect your overall health and mood. If you’re not living your best life because you’re self-conscious about your smile, don’t live like that any longer – call Dr. van Zyl!

How Does Smiling Affect Your Health? 

A recent research study revealed that laughing and smiling are a critical part of health because they make you feel good. When you laugh, giggle and smile, you gain significant mood-boosting benefits because these actions help produce endorphins.

Endorphins are the hormones that help you feel happy and reduce the effects of depression, anxiety and stress.

These hormones also help to ease pain and inflammation in the body.

Other studies have revealed a connection between laughing and smiling and a reduction in the risk of developing heart disease. Why? Laughing and smiling help to reduce fat and cholesterol buildup in the heart!

Some researchers have also found that these actions can help to reduce blood pressure levels for an entire day.

Fake It Till You Make It

Don’t always feel like laughing? That’s OK – it happens to all of us. But if you find yourself feeling down, fake it. Since smiling and laughing have mood-lifting properties and can help put you in a better mood, faking a laugh or a giggle here and there helps.

Researchers have found that faking a giggle can help make your brain feel happier when you’re mad, sad, anxious or stressed.

Laugh and Smile for Social Health

Laughing and smiling makes you more approachable as a person, helps you build relationships and also improves your productivity at work.

Something to Smile About

Not living with a smile you love? Don’t feel confident in your smile? Do you avoid laughing and smiling? Stop! We can give you something to smile about and give you back your confidence.

We would love to talk to you about the concerns you have about your smile and oral health. Let us give you something to smile about. Call 479-337-4070 now to schedule a consultation.