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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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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