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You've heard the old adage "laughter is the best medicine." And while smiling isn't exactly laughing, we'd argue it's certainly the next best thing. It should go without saying one of the best end results of good dental care and good oral hygiene habits is a nicer, whiter smile. As it turns out, smiling and laughing are actually good for your health, too.

Here's a look at some of the reasons why you should be smiling and laughing more:

5 Reasons to Smile and Laugh More

Better mood:

Research indicates that smiling can help increase positive thoughts. Smiling and laughing can also be a great habit to get into if you regularly struggle with stress and anxiety. Turning your frown upside down, even if you force it, can lead to a much brighter outlook for the rest of the day.

Stress relief:

Along with improving your mood, smiling is particularly good for helping relieve stress and anxiety. Even if you force it, smiling and laughing has proven to help alleviate even the most stressful situations. It's why sports coaches try to get their teams to laugh and smile before a big game - it helps defuse the situation. 

Improved self-esteem:

Confidence is everything. Smiling and laughing can help demonstrate your confidence in yourself. Improved self-esteem can provide major social advantages for things like interviewing for a job, dating and even just meeting new friends. Some people are self-conscious about their smile, which is where good dental care can help.

Mental health:

Smiling releases endorphins to the brain which can help elevate mood. Additionally, the release of serotonin because of your smiling can also help serve as a pick me up.

Physical health:

Of all the benefits of smiling and laughing more, better overall physical health may be the most significant. Studies have shown smiling more can help reduce the risk of heart disease and other heart issues. Research indicates it can also help lower blood pressure. Some studies have even discovered that people who smile more are more likely to live longer lives. 

Talk to Your Dentist

As you can see, it's always good to turn that frown upside down. Smiling is good for the body and good for the soul. If you need help getting that perfect smile, don't be afraid to ask for it. Contact Caven Dental today for more information.

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