The Science of Smiling

the science of smiling

Smiling is good for you. The more often you do it, the better you’ll feel. Recent scientific discoveries demonstrate that smiling more often will improve your health and make the people around you feel better, too. Our Lake Williams dentist encourages you to smile as often as you can.

Smiling for Better Health and Happiness

The physical act of smiling alters your mood by causing your brain to release endorphins. Often referred to as “nature’s painkillers,” endorphins are a type of neurotransmitter that your brain automatically releases in times of stress. This may sound strange, but forcing yourself to smile even when you don’t feel like it can actually make you feel better.

Over time, smiling more often will also be beneficial for your overall health. Negative thinking can develop into a destructive and self-defeating habit. These negative thoughts help create a cycle of doom that can be difficult to escape from. You can’t overcome negative thinking simply by smiling, but it can be a first step towards a more positive attitude.

According to an article in Forbes Magazine, you can reduce stress and counteract the brain’s inclination to think negatively by smiling more often. This will actually have the long term effect of “rewiring” your brain to help you maintain a more positive attitude.

In addition to making you happier, smiling can also make you healthier. There’s scientific evidence that smiling can improve wellness “on a cellular level.” When you smile, you reduce the rigidity of your cell walls, which helps to protect them from stress-related mutations that can damage your health.

Smile! It Makes Other People Happier

Smiling doesn’t just make you happier and healthier, it also improves your relationships with others. That’s because smiling doesn’t simply alter the way you feel about yourself, it also makes other people feel better.

According to an article from Scientific American written by a neuroscientist who teaches at UCLA, when someone smiles at you, it triggers a flood of positive neural activity. This occurs because our brains have something called “mirror neurons” which cause us to reflect the actions and feelings of the people around us. Mirror neurons explain why smiling is contagious and why it’s so nice to be around people who have a positive attitude.

Your Smile Specialists in Lake Williams

Dr. Wassenaar at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help you keep your smile shining bright. We offer a variety of treatments including custom crowns, veneers, and dental implants to help you achieve the smile you’ve been dreaming about. Call today to arrange a consultation with Dr. Wassenaar and find out what we can do for your smile.

 

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Dear Patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the dental profession, our communities and our families. During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 crisis and uncertainty, our patients of Williams Lake Smiles have remained our priority. Your safety, security and wellness are what matter the most.

For that reason, Williams Lake Smiles is now closed and will remain closed until we can ensure it is completely the right time to reopen. At this time we simply cannot treat patients for routine dental care in a manner that would allow us to maintain the adequate social distancing that is crucial to flattening the curve of the speed of this virus. We are severely limited by the critical worldwide shortage of the necessary Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that is required to keep our patients, staff and families safe.

Any dental appointments you have scheduled with our clinic have been cancelled until such time that we can safely provide the care and protection that we have always been proud to offer to you. When we are able to reschedule, we will begin contacting our patients to resume your dental treatment.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call the Dental Emergency line at 1-866-918-8714.

Stay healthy and we all look forward to welcoming you back to Williams Lake Smiles very soon.

Sincerely,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar, Dr. Sophia Dahia and Staff

Williams Lake Smiles


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