The Health Benefits of Smiling

health benefit of smilingRoyal Oak and Birmingham, MI

A smile is universal in all languages. It conveys an emotion that is understood by others, yet many people attempt to hide their smile or don’t smile at all because they are embarrassed about how they look. There are many proven health benefits to smiling, so if you shy away from this common form of body language, don’t! At Hartrick Dentistry, we can transform any smile, which makes for a happier, and healthier, body.

Here are five health advantages of smiling.

Lowers blood pressure

Studies have shown that smiling helps lower blood pressure. If you need a little extra Zen in your life, just smile! It can actually help lift your mood, not to mention the mood of those around you.

Cure the common cold

Sounds a little quirky, but research states that smiling helps the body produce more antibodies and white blood cells, which is what helps the immune system ward off infections such as the common cold, so make smiling part of your daily vitamin intake ritual.

Live longer

Research conducted by the University of Illinois shows that people who smile live longer. In fact, they live, on average, 10 years longer than those who frown more often.

A natural pick-me-up

You know that feeling you get when you drink a cup (or two or three!) of coffee? That is your body releasing endorphins and melatonin, hormones that make you feel good and relieve stress. Bet you did not know that smiling could give you that same pick-me-up feeling without the need for a double shot of espresso!

Healthy relationship

Researchers at DePauw University in Indiana found that people who smile often are more likely to have a healthier relationship or marriage. It can be hard to be mad at your significant other when you are both smiling at each other!

With the proven health benefits of smiling, what have you got to lose? If you tend to hide your smile or not smile at all because you are embarrassed about your smile, then contact Hartrick Dentistry today by calling (248) 549-0950 to schedule a consultation and learn how cosmetic dentistry can change your life.

Hartrick Dentistry serves patients in Royal Oak and Birmingham, Michigan.

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    Dr. Nancy Hartrick, DDS
    32609 Woodward Ave.
    Royal Oak, MI 48073
    Call: 248-549-0950
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