It has been another difficult year so far but smiling is one thing in our armoury that helps to keep us going through hard times, says Nick Allday, the principal dentist at Manor Dental Health in Hull.
It not only makes us feel better – by releasing happy and stress-busting hormones into our bodies – it also generates positive responses in others.
Most often, if we smile at another person, they will smile back – even our dogs and cats respond to the gesture. And you don’t even have to fully ‘mean’ your smile either, just the act of smiling tricks our bodies into releasing hormones and improving our mood.
Although we may not always feel like it, when we smile our brains release tiny molecules called neuropeptides to help fight off stress. Then other neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins come into play. Endorphins act as a mild pain reliever, whereas the serotonin is an antidepressant.
Are you happy to smile?
It makes sense to wear our smiles every day and we are more likely to do so if we feel confident with how our smile looks.
The gift of a smile
Giving yourself or a loved one the gift of a smile is a lovely thing. We have lots of treatments available from hygiene and polishing to cleaning, freshen and add sparkle, to composite bonding, tooth coloured fillings, tooth whitening and teeth straightening. We also have vouchers available for gifting – just ask at reception.
Smiles never go out of fashion!
A smile never goes out of fashion and makes us and others feel good. What better gift could there be? Contact us for more information and get smiling with confidence!