The power of a smile has been shown to do more than just convey happiness. The healing presence of a smile can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure and even prevent diseases. Need another reason to smile more? Smiling and laughter have both been proven to release endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural pain reducers; and are highly effective at elevating your mood!
The effects of a smile are much like the effects of a “runner’s high,” which is a feeling of well-being experienced by people who have recently partaken in vigorous exercise. In fact, a recent study done by the University of Maryland suggests that 15-20 minutes of smiling and laughter per day should be part of your routine to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Smiles, much like good oral health habits, are contagious. With all the health-boosting benefits of smiling, it’s important to make sure your family is practicing good oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day, flossing once per day and making regular visits to your dentist will ensure your family’s smiles are in tip-top shape!