We here at Family Laser & Cosmetic Dentistry pay attention to smiles – we work to help you keep teeth plaque and cavity-free, gumlines healthy and promote good dental habits. But in addition to good physical health, a healthy smile can also have a positive effect on your mental health.
Relax, Smiling Is Good For You
Smiles are a natural reaction to a good mood. But even if we’re not feeling genuine about it, a smile – even if we’re in a bad mood, – sends certain chemical signals to our brain telling it we’re happy. These chemicals are called endorphins which reduce stress. Psychologists have found that simulating a smile, even if you’re in a bad mood, can lift your spirits.
Baby Smiles Are The Best
Who doesn’t love a baby’s sweet little smile? Babies learn a lot in that formative first year but did you know that babies are born knowing how to smile? Although intentional “real” smiles generally begin about the age of four-to-six weeks, babies start smiling in their sleep as soon as they’re born.