4 Ways Smiling Makes You Healthier
At Spokane Dental, we are in the business of helping people have and keep their healthiest smile. Why? Because we know it matters! Good oral health not only means less pain or discomfort, but it positively affects the health of your whole body as well. The benefits go even further; research shows that smiling more has many health benefits. Here are 4 ways that smiling makes you healthier:
Smiling Releases Happy Hormones
Next time you are feeling down try this: smile! A big grin will actually signal your brain to release "happy hormones". These hormones are called dopamine and serotonin and are your body’s own anti-depressants. “Fake it til you make it” quite literally works with a smile: you can trick your brain into a better mood!
Smiling Lowers Pain
The serotonin released when we smile not only helps us feel happier, but it is a natural pain reliever as well! Next time you stub your toe, you can “grin and bear it"….And before you know it your brain will be releasing hormones and chemicals signaling your body to relax as well as elevating your mood.
Smiling Boosts Your Immunity
White blood cells are our bodies natural infection fighters that protect and defend our bodies from sickness. Smiling can actually increase white blood cell counts, improving immunity to illnesses!
Smiling Protects Your Heart
The “happy hormones” we mentioned above that naturally elevate mood and fight pain have another amazing benefit: reducing stress. The less stress, the healthier your cardiovascular system is. The perks of smiling for your heart go beyond just reduced stress: laughing is actually shown to reduce blood pressure as well.
Our goal is always to see our patients walk out the door happier and healthier, and helping our patients achieve their best smile makes a big difference in overall health. We perform both preventive and restorative dentistry. This means Spokane Dental can help your whole family protect their gorgeous grins, as well as restore them back to health with fillings, dental implants, and much more!
Call and schedule an appointment so we can get you smiling more to reap all the benefits! (509)822-5614