They say a smile is contagious, and it turns out that research shows this to be true. In a Swedish study reported in the magazine, Psychology Today, researchers found that subjects imitated the smile (or other facial expressions) of images they were shown. What this means is, when you smile at someone, it’s likely that they will smile back. However, does smiling improve or affect your dental health? Your family dentist in Cypress believes it does.
In a broader sense, smiling has been shown to affect your overall health including your oral health. Your family dentist in Cypress can tell you that when you smile, not only are you more attractive to others, but it’s been shown that a smile lifts our mood as well. The very act of smiling triggers release of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides. These substances are directly involved in fighting stress. Also, neurotransmitters such as dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin are released when you smile which helps you relax, reduces your heart rate, and lowers your blood pressure.
The family dentist in Cypress at Village Park Dental Center can help improve your smile using procedures such as whitening, straightening, and replacement of old, unattractive fillings. Your smile will be more attractive and will trigger your brain to release serotonin and other helpful substances. These stress-relieving substances help reduce medical issues with your body, which, in turn, is reflected in healthier teeth and gums. Also, a positive mood helps you maintain your dental management plan.
Being optimistic helps keep the entire body working the way it was designed. According to the insurance company Delta Dental, new research suggests your oral health reflects the total health of your body. A healthy mouth means good overall wellbeing, while poor oral health, may mean there are other health issues.
Keeping your smile radiant is one of the goals of your family dentist in Cypress. We work to ensure your smile is as friendly and attractive as possible which helps keep you feeling good as well is looking good. We use the latest in TMJ technologies to help care for your entire facial structure in addition to your teeth and gums. If you feel good about yourself, you will be more likely to maintain good dental health practices. Poor oral health has been shown to indicate their other problems such as diabetes, leukemia, pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and kidney diseases. These and other issues are often reflected in oral health problems.
Visit your dentist at Village Park Dental Center for regular checkups to ensure you’re getting the very best dental care possible, and to keep your smile as bright and attractive as possible. We are here to help you maintain, not only your smile but the highest quality of dental health. Give your family dentist in Cypress a call to discuss your oral health with one of our professionals and to schedule your next appointment. Call us today at 281-376-4444. You will leave with the best smile possible.