The main reason you should make regular visits to the dentist is to make sure your teeth, gums, and other mouth structures remain healthy. However, you shouldn’t discount how much your ability to smile confidently impacts your mental health. Greenwood Dental Care provides general dentistry services in Illinois. Our team also educates patients on how regular smiling can provide a mental health boost and improve various aspects of life.
- Smiling Literally Makes You Feel Better
The physical act of smiling sends a signal to your brain to release different neurotransmitters that positively impact your mental health. For example, dopamine causes feelings of pleasure, which can motivate you to smile even more. Serotonin is a natural antidepressant that can provide a lift to your current emotional state. Endorphins provide some pain relief, which can help if you have a headache or are experiencing other aches and pains that put you in a bad mood.
Those same chemical reactions help lower your stress levels after a hard day. Smiling can go a long way toward calming you down and helping you control your reactions when confronted with a difficult situation.
2. Your Confidence Improves
It’s true that we only get one chance to make a first impression. Having a smile on our face can make it easier to deal with high-pressure situations. Even if you are shaking inside, leading the way with a smile can help you feel more self-assured, which projects to others. That can make them more open to getting to know you better, making you feel more relaxed and increasing your feelings of confidence.
3. You Feel More Mentally Prepared
Smiling can help you feel more positive about yourself and what you can accomplish. Being in a better mental health space can remove negative thought processes, making it easier for you to work through any issues at school, work, or home. If you find yourself contemplating a difficult math problem at school or trying to work through an issue at the office, the act of smiling can turn things around and help you figure out a solution to your problem.
4. You Become More Appealing
Someone who projects positivity becomes more attractive to others. If you often find yourself feeling alone or isolated, smiling at an acquaintance can draw them in and lead to the forging of a deeper connection. Showing that you are open to further communication with others helps expand your social circle, which can positively impact your mental health.
Smiling can also improve the mood of someone else who may be having a bad day. You can help them feel better and pass on the positive emotions you project through your smile.
5. Your Creativity Improves
You may find that the emotions that smiling arouses help free up creative juices that may feel stalled. If you’re having problems finishing an essay or figuring out a new painting’s direction, smiling can open you up to new inspiration. A positive mental outlook can go a long way toward helping you open new avenues of creativity.
Boost the Appeal of Your Smile
Greenwood Dental Care helps patients who lack confidence in their smile. It all starts with coming in and letting us know where you want to see improvements. We can help you achieve the kind of smile that improves your outlook on life and benefits your mental health.
Our dentists offer a wide array of cosmetic and general dentistry services to Illinois residents, including: