The Power of Your Smile
You know it’s an instant mood-lifter and the one accessory you’re never fully dressed without, but how much do you really know about your smile?
Every time you flash your signature grin, you’re sending a message to the world. Whether you show your teeth, purse your lips, or crinkle your nose, your smile is 100% original. It’s also incredibly fascinating.
Want to discover just how much power it holds? Today, we’re sharing 10 incredible facts that you might not know about your smile!
1. Your smile can elevate your mood.
Feeling a little blue? Psychologists explain that even if you have to force a smile, the very act of turning your lips upward can trick your brain into releasing certain feel-good hormones, including dopamine and serotonin.
As a result, your stress levels lower, your immune system gets a little boost, and your overall mood improves. Researchers have even discovered that a smile can even lower your heart rate when you’re feeling anxious. The next time you’re nervous, tense, or just downright grumpy, give it a try!
2. It’s the first thing people notice.
According to a study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, nearly half of Americans believe that a person’s smile is their most memorable feature. In fact, while 48% of people will remember your smile, only 25% will remember the first thing you said.
To make sure you’re leaving a great impression, it’s important to take care of your smile.
Visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and exams is key, as is staying up-to-date on all prescribed treatments, including fillings, implants, and crowns. Our office offers elegant and durable ZMAX zirconia crowns, designed to closely match your real teeth for a natural, uniform appearance.
3. There are 19 different types of smiles.
Scientists have discovered that there are 19 different types of smiles. The most interesting part, however, is that they don’t all show happiness! In fact, only six smiles happen when we’re having a good time. The other 13 are reserved for other situations.
For instance, our smile takes a different shape when we’re nervous, uncomfortable, embarrassed, and even miserable. These “non-enjoyment” smiles are less about how we’re feeling inside and more about the signals we want to project to others.
4. You might be born with your smile.
For decades, scientists have believed that a baby’s first smile right after birth is simply a reflex. They maintained that their first “social smile” didn’t occur until around their two-month birthday.
However, recent research suggests that these early grins might actually be a natural expression of joy and happiness. When presented with sweet smells and tastes, as well as physical stimuli such as cheek strokes, the babies in these studies would smile in response. The next time you hold a giggling newborn, it might be more than just gas that’s erupting!
5. It makes you sound friendly.
Do you talk on the phone a lot for work? Even when you’re just making a casual call to a friend, try smiling as you speak.
Research shows that listeners can actually “hear” a smile over the phone, and it doesn’t just stop there. They can even discern the type of smile you’re showing! This is one of the many types of cues that your voice delivers to help people on the other end of the line interpret the meaning behind what you’re saying.
6. Smiling can help you live longer.
Did you know that laughing and smiling can strengthen your immune system? It’s true! The serotonin released when you smile helps make you more resistant to disease. It can even help you live longer.
Back in 1952, researchers began following a group of Major League baseball players with the biggest grins on their playing cards. They discovered that these players lived an average of five to seven years longer than their peers.
7. It can lower your blood pressure.
When you smile, your body releases cortisol and endorphins that can help lower your blood pressure and relax your heart rate.
In the studies that prove this fact, even a fake smile will suffice. This is one of the simple exercises you can do to improve your cardiovascular health, so start practicing today.
8. A smile can reduce pain.
There’s one reason we tend to grimace when we’re in the throes of intense pain. Scientists believe a forced smile can help alleviate discomfort and even increase our endurance. One study tested this theory by asking certain patients to smile as they received a shot at the doctor’s office, and others to relax their face.
They found that those who smiled reported up to 40% less pain than those who didn’t.
9. It can give you a major thrill.
Would $25,000 cash make your heart soar?
Research shows that the act of smiling is as stimulating to your brain as receiving that much money. It also delivers the same thrill and mood-boosting value as 2,000 chocolate bars! The next time you flash your pearly whites, think about how much they’re really worth.
10. A smile is contagious.
Like a sneeze, smiling around someone can encourage them to do the same. In one study, scientists showed participants pictures of faces expressing several different emotions, including joy, fear, anger, and surprise. They also showed them a happy, smiling face.
Then, they asked each participant to frown as they looked at each picture. When shown the smiling face, they had a hard time not smiling back! In fact, it took a conscious effort to force their lips downward, and even then, their muscles twitched in resistance.
Embrace and show off your smile today.
These 10 facts only scratch the surface when revealing the depth, magnitude, and amazing power that your smile can hold. It’s one of your very best features, and you should feel confident about showing it off to the world.
To keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, it’s important to prioritize your dental health. That’s where we come in.
Request an appointment with our team today to schedule a range of services, from general and cosmetic dentistry to restorative procedures and implants. We’ll work with you to keep your signature smile looking beautiful!