How Smiling Makes You Healthier

Your orthodontist can save your life. Well, perhaps it is not this dramatic, but they do have a positive effect on your life. Whether you know this or not, smiling can have many positive benefits to your life. And, since your orthodontist’s primary job is to ensure your teeth are aligned and beautiful, they are partly responsible for each of your confident smiles.
In this blog, we will explore the health benefits of smiling and how your health can benefit from simply grinning four times a day. Not only will we be discussing the positive benefits of smiling, but we will also dive into why your orthodontist is the one to thank for your good health.

Smiling Makes Your Brain Happy

When you smile, your brain secretes hormones and endorphins in your brain that offer you feelings of happiness. Dopamine and serotonin both work to lower your stress levels and give you a happy feeling. So, get to smiling!
What is far more interesting is that even the act of smiling, even if it isn’t genuine, can trick your brain into feeling happy. Dr. Murrday Grossan, an ENT-otolaryngologist in Los Angeles states, “When you smile, the brain sees the muscle [activity] and assumes that humor is happening.”

This can be advantageous to know, especially if you feel negative about something. Fake smiling, though not the best response to everyday life, can have its benefits as well. Just the act of smiling and activating facial muscle movements can cause dopamine and serotonin release in your brain. Aside from just making you feel happy, serotonin can help reduce your levels of anxiety and depression. Though smiling isn’t an antidote to mental illnesses, such as depression or anxiety, it can be used as a natural tool to help.

Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure

Smiling not only helps your brain, but it also helps your body. When you smile, the influx of serotonin reduces the amount of cortisol in your system. Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is present when you are under a lot of stress. Serotonin can limit the amount of cortisol in your system and thus, can reduce your stress. When your body is subjected to too much stress, your blood pressure and heart rate can be affected. By lowering the amount of stress you are feeling, you can lower your blood pressure to improve your health.
Heart health is extremely important to your life. When you have too much stress, your heart is responsible to beat harder and faster. Obviously, this strain is not sustainable and your heart could eventually give out. Smiling during your day can offer your brain and body a dose of endorphins to help regulate your overall health.

Brad Edgren DDS in Greeley, CO

If you are interested in achieving a beautiful smile to show off your perfectly straight teeth, contact Brad Edgren’s orthodontics office. He and his caring staff will ensure that you receive the best care and straight teeth in as little as two years. Contact us today!