Smiling is universal. It’s a sign of happiness, joy, content, and peace recognized by men, women, and children all around the globe. But the simple act of smiling does so much more than just express emotions.

Happiness and smiles go hand in hand like cold vanilla ice cream on a warm slice of apple pie (given that you brush your teeth afterward of course). There is a bevy of interesting facts about smiling and your Heroes Dental team wants to highlight a few of them and their benefits.

Our dentists and orthodontists absolutely love serving the Rio Grande Valley community and we take great pride in helping to take care of you and your children’s oral health the best way we know how. All for the sake of keeping you and your family smiling.

1. Smiling Makes You Happier

In the Grin and Bear It study, participants were instructed to force a smile by holding chopsticks in their mouths during stressful activities while others were encouraged not to. The ones that forced their smile actually recovered from these stressful activities quicker, with their heart rates beating at a slower pace, compared to those who didn’t.

It can be argued that if you force yourself to smile when feeling sad, you may actually improve your mood.

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2. Children Smile More

It’s no secret that children laugh and play a lot, but when compared to their parents, children tend to smile a lot more too. That’s no hyperbole, either.

In an article published by Forbes, children tend to smile up to 400 times a day, compared to the adults who smile less than 20 times a day.

3. Smiling Can Improve Your Health

Smiling and laughing do a body good. Some say that it can even extend your life by up to seven years. How? Well, smiling:

  1. Relaxes the body – This boosts up your immune system, vital for fighting off sickness.
  2. Reduces pain – Smiling releases endorphins that act as a natural painkiller.
  3. Lowers heart rate – Smiling minimizes the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.
  4. Improves mental health – Smiling essentially retrains the brain into thinking more on the positive side.
  5. Makes blood cells more efficient – Smiling reduces risks of cancer and other serious issues.>

And, of course, smiling just feels good.

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4. A Bright Smile Can Get You Promoted

Smiling, even when faking it a bit, can improve your mood and is seen as a sign of confidence – something that can go a long way in your 9 to 5.

In another article published by Forbes, happy employees perform better, are more productive, and have improved energy. All great traits to foster in a work environment. When these three improve, you’re more likely to have better reviews, which lead to more promotions and potentially higher income.

Sometimes, a happy smile is all you need to feel better. At Heroes Dental, we can help you make your smile the brightest it can be.

Our Rio Grande Valley dentists and orthodontists at Heroes Dental are eager to help shape your smile into something beautiful that you’ll want to share with the world. Trust in our expertise and professionalism to give you and your children the brightest, perfectly aligned smiles.

Contact us at any of our locations in McAllen, Mission, Pharr, San Juan, Edinburg, or Laredo to schedule an appointment today.

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