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How Smiling Affects Overall Health

March 15, 2023 / DENTISTRY

Smiling is one of the most contagious and powerful things in the world. It is a universal language that needs no translation or explanation. Smiling is not only an expression of joy, happiness, and excitement, but it also has many health benefits. In this blog post, Dr. Mark Cloth at the team at Dentistry on Sheppard will discuss how smiling affects overall health and why it's essential to smile more often.

  1. Smiling helps reduce stress levels.
    When we're feeling stressed, our body releases cortisol, which is a hormone that increases blood sugar levels and suppresses the immune system. Smiling can help reduce the levels of cortisol in your body, which, in turn, reduces stress levels. Smiling also releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers that help us feel good and reduce stress.
  2. Smiling is good for our mental health.
    It's been found that people who smile more often tend to have lower levels of depression and anxiety. Smiling sends signals to our brain, which triggers the release of dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins – all of which help us feel happy and content. Smiling can also help improve our mood, even if we don't feel like it at the time.
  3. Smiling can improve our relationships.
    When we smile, it makes us appear more friendly and approachable. People are naturally drawn to those who smile, and they tend to be more willing to strike up a conversation or help when needed. Smiling also helps us communicate better with others by making us more open and receptive to what they're saying.
  4. Smiling has physical health benefits.
    Studies have found that smiling can help lower blood pressure, which is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. Smiling also helps boost the immune system by increasing white blood cell count, which helps fight off illness and infection.

Our team at Dentistry on Sheppard takes a proactive approach toward helping each patient achieve and maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. Smiling is more than just an expression of happiness – it has numerous health benefits as well. It reduces stress, improves mental health, and has physical health benefits – all of which contribute to a longer, healthier life.

Our dental practice is conveniently located in the heart of North York at Sheppard Ave, just East from Yonge Street. Our practice takes a holistic approach to dentistry and always welcomes new patients and emergencies.

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