Emotional Well-Being and Your Smile

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Did you know that smiling can boost your mood? According to Psychology Today, the simple act of smiling releases dopamine, serotonin and endorphins. Your mind’s natural “feel-good” chemicals. Before you know it, you’ll be singing in the car or doing a little jig in the elevator. That same smile can infect those around you with happiness. Smiling is just like yawning. When you see someone else do it, you just have to do it yourself. So, if you’re a people pleaser, your smile is really quite the service to your fellow man.

Smiling actually makes you more attractive. People are more likely to interact with you because you seem open and welcoming. This is a benefit all of its own. As a human, social interaction is of high priority to your existence. It makes you feel needed and gives you a sense of community. Both of which are imperative to your well-being. Who knew a simple contraction of facial muscles could reap such wonderful rewards?

Why You May Not Be Getting the Full Benefits of Smiling

Unfortunately, if you are not pleased with the appearance of your smile, you may be less inclined to do so. It’s like when you have a bad hair day. You try to cover or disguise it in some way, even though most people won’t notice it anyway.  A wide number of dental issues can contribute to the feeling of a lowered self-esteem and keep you from smiling. Luckily, remedies exist.

Ways to Keep Your Smile Beautiful

  • Floss the right way – In addition to just getting in-between your teeth, make sure you’re getting the surface of your tooth and the gum line under it, too. Never force the floss in-between your teeth, if you have crowded teeth, gently wiggle the floss down.
  • Keep up on your cleanings – You should have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months.
  • Limit harmful substances to your teeth– Smoking is a huge no-no. Not only can it make your teeth yellow, it can cause oral cancer which can lead to loss of sections of your mouth. That won’t be good for your smile. Additionally, limit highly acidic foods and staining beverages, such as tea, coffee and red wine.
  • Be careful with whitening– Consult your dentist before whitening, as improper products can weaken your enamel and create sensitivity.

Let Your Dentures Give you Confidence

Some people just have bad teeth. It can be genetics, aging or lack of education, but maybe your teeth never stood a chance. Since teeth work in part to support the skin on and the muscles in your face, false teeth, which aren’t designed for such support, can leave your face appearing older. This can lower your self-esteem and keep you from smiling.  If you suffer from low self-esteem due to this reason, you may look into getting FOY Dentures® on your next dentist trip.  These dentures are designed to lift your face, through superior fit and cutting-edge dental technology.

Don’t let dental issues hold you back from happiness. If you take the proper precautions and utilize the proper tools, you can have a beautiful smile, for life.

Dan Matthews DDS
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