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Health Effects of a Beaming Smile Courtesy of a Philadelphia Dentist

By Gerald Regni, DMD on December 21, 2014

The sole reason why people visit a local Philadelphia dentist is absolutely clear: they want to have a great smile. And it could be safe to say that there’s also one aim behind it all—they want to flaunt it, of course. Smiling has often (if not always) been associated with positivity, and it apparently transcends not just typical social circles, but also the inside of our body as well.

 

For people looking for more reasons to beam that smile, here are several ones:

Stress relief – It has been established that smiling relieves stress, but exactly how it works had baffled most people in the past. Well, that mystery can now be considered solved as it has been found that smiling makes use of roughly 26 muscles, which then trigger the release of hormones called endorphins, aka the “feel good” hormone. Meanwhile, levels of the stress hormone cortisol is reduced in parallel, contributing in harmony with the endorphin spike.

It makes us attractive – Who doesn’t like someone who smiles, anyway? Smiling is a definite attraction factor, as it instills a sense of curiosity—one would often like to know why that smiling person appears to feel good about everything. On the other hand, grimaces and scowls will definitely throw people off-guard, instantly severing the potential social connection.

It’s contagious – A study entitled The Therapeutic Effects of Smiling, conducted in 2002 has indicated that people who smile often instill a positive effect on their environment, as well as themselves—they feel “in place” with their surroundings when they smile. It’s no wonder people are much more enamored to give big tips to smiling restaurant workers; they feel connected to the latter.

Still, smiling for all it’s worth wouldn’t exactly feel good without a healthy set of teeth. After all, it’s what’s being laid bare, so it’s a no-brainer to keep those pearly whites in check. Fortunately, a friendly dentist in Philadelphia like Gerald Regni, DMD can help maintain a smile worthy of a stint at a magazine cover.

(Source: 5 Reasons to Smile More, Huffington Post, April 19, 2014)

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