How a Healthy Smile Enhances Your Well-Being

How a Healthy Smile Enhances Your Well-Being

A Friendly Feeling with a Healthy Smile

When you smile, whether it’s genuine or fake, it will positively affect your mind, body, and even those around you. Unfortunately, millions of people are afraid to flash their friendly expression, because of the condition of their oral health or the appearance of their teeth. A healthy smile provides you with numerous benefits. It won’t only improve your health, but it will also boost your confidence, brighten your day and other people’s day, and much more.

Smiling Improves Self-confidence

Our society often believes that those with an impaired smile due to misalignment, discoloration, or even a missing tooth are uneducated or of a lower class than others. This greatly reflects a negative self-image on those whose smiles aren’t “perfect” and can discourage them, causing them to stay at home and not engage in social interactions.

Everybody deserves to smile confidently without receiving judgment from others. Simple and affordable treatments like Invisalign®, veneers, or dental implants can provide a new outlook on life for the patients who need them.

Enhance Your Mood

A smile that’s damaged from permanent tooth loss won’t only cause embarrassment, but it can also lead to depression. Those who are too shy to smile aren’t receiving the benefits that their brain provides to them when certain chemicals are released. These chemicals are called endorphins and serotonin which both contribute to your mood and overall well-being.

Even when you’re feeling down and need to force a smile out, you will find that it can still lift your spirits. Don’t let your missing teeth or other oral issues stop you from being happy. Dental implants, ceramic crowns or bridges, and dentures can all make a dramatic difference when you want to share your delightful smile.

Build Stronger Relationships

When gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to red, inflamed gums, bleeding, and offensive bad breath. These conditions make a person feel uncomfortable about being in close proximity with others and often make them appear unapproachable.

Smiling provides us with a friendly, welcoming appearance that others are most drawn to. That’s why a healthy smile can improve your relationships with others and encourage you to initiate new friendships. If you have gum disease or other dental issues, it’s best to get those treated so it doesn’t damage further relationships with your peers.

Relieve Unwanted Stress

If you’re stressed about a huge project coming up or you’re meeting your significant other’s family, the simple act of smiling can help alleviate that built up tension. As mentioned, when you smile, your body releases endorphins and serotonin. Additionally, dopamine is also released, and these three chemicals result in a relaxed body, lower heart rate, and lower blood pressure. Your stress will be minimized as these feel-good emotions travel through your mind and body.

Live a Longer Life

Imagine being able to live a longer life just as a result of a simple smile. Well, this dream is actually a reality because many studies have found that the act of smiling can lengthen our lives. By flashing a brief smile at someone else, they will be likely to smile back. This contagious expression creates a mutual relationship that allows your happiness to spread and affect others in a positive way. The radiation of such positivity can encourage healthier and longer lives.

Elevate Dental Wellness Uplifts You to Smile

When you see how your oral health affects other aspects of your health and happiness, you begin to realize the importance of comprehensive dental wellness. Dentists, physicians, and psychologists today work more closely than ever with their counterparts to help patients achieve optimal, oral, physical, and emotional health.

If you feel your oral health is impacting your overall health or emotional well-being, our team at Elevate Dental Wellness knows how to get you back on the right track. Contact us today to schedule a dental exam with Drs. Steinbach and Van Gorden or to learn about our many services.