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Brampton Dentist: How Smiling Affects Health

Posted by on June 5, 2018 under Preventive Care

One more reason oral hygiene is so important.

Your Brampton family dentist will be the first to tell you that good oral health helps promote good overall health, but, did you know that smiling also affects your health?

Study shows how smiling affects your health

Yale Scientific cites a study that shows when we smile dopamine is released into our system.

Dopamine is a feel-good chemical that improves our mood, reduces glucose level in type 2 diabetics, and sets off several different heart healthy (or cardio-protective) signaling processes.

Smiling also provides us a better tolerance for physical pain.

It also strengthens our immune functions and lowers blood pressure.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduces stress
  • Makes us more approachable

The effect of dopamine release works both ways, when we smile it releases dopamine, when we feel good or happy it causes us to smile.

For some of us those our smile is not what we wished it would be and therefore don’t smile much or when we do we hide that smile.

Stop hiding your smile

Stop hiding your smile and reap the benefits of smiling on your health.

You may need to have some dental work done in order to get a smile you love to share.

Dental options for fixing your smile include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Straighter teeth through braces or aligners
  • Fixing broken or chipped teeth with fillings and crowns
  • Veneers to change the shape or length of your teeth
  • Dental bridges, implants, or dentures to fill in missing teeth

Having a full set of teeth will also help your health by allowing proper chewing which helps the digestion system which in turn helps the immune system.

Your Brampton dentist can go over all the ways to help give you a beautiful smile that you want to share with everyone.