Most people believe that smiling is an involuntary physical reaction to happiness. Though we can all fake a smile, if need be (whether for a picture, or when greeting someone we don’t quite care for) a genuine smile comes when all is going well in your world, right? Well, you may be surprised to know that even if you feel like you have nothing at all to grin about, the act of smiling can actually provide you with a significant release of endorphins. In fact, according to a recent study in the United Kingdom, smile endorphins can offer a euphoric feeling comparable to eating 2000 bars of chocolate. Since smiling won’t cause tooth decay or a belly ache, your Rochester dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, suggests you consider smiling more to feel happy, as opposed to smiling because you’re happy.
Many university studies over the years have focused on the power of smiles to predict the future successes of people. Baseball cards were the focus of Wayne State University research that uncovered a relationship between longevity and smiles. Yearbook photos were examined at UC Berkeley, where the well-being of prior graduates was tracked. The more natural and broad the smile in the yearbook…the more career success they were likely to enjoy after college graduation. And, with the aforementioned UK study, one single smile wasn’t just compared to endorphins from chocolate consumption. Scientists also found that similar feelings of elation (the kind that might come from being informed that you had won $25,000 in the lottery) could be replicated through a smile. British researchers concluded that regular smiling could lower blood pressure and reduce levels of stress hormones.
Rochester Dentist Can Help You Gain Confidence in Your Smile
Everyone deserves to feel comfortable and confident with their smile. At Calcagno Family Dental, we offer teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, bonding, crowns, and Invisalign. We are happy to provide you with a free consultation. If you’d like to arrange an appointment a cosmetic dentistry appointment, contact our Rochester dentist office at (507)281-3659. We are happy to serve patients in Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, the 55902 zip code, and surrounding communities.