COULD THE SECRET TO PERPETUAL YOUTH be found in your smile (wink, wink)? Well, that’s probably a bit of an exaggeration! But as you know, here at our practice, we obsess over our patients’ smiles. We know that a confident smile can be life changing. But what does your smile have to do with aging?
1. People Who Smile More Are Perceived As Younger
Last year, in an American Psychological Association study, researchers showed thousands of photos of people wearing different expressions to test subjects, who were then asked to guess the ages of the people in the photos. The guesses on neutral expressions were quite accurate, but smiling faces were generally assumed to be years younger than their actual age.
2. Sharing Your Smile (and a laugh) Makes You FEEL Younger—Regardless Of Your Age
It’s really not about the number of miles on your smile. It’s about how comfortable you are sharing it.
3. Smiling May Even Help You Live Longer
Living longer—now THERE’S a serious smiling benefit. Could this really be true? A 2010 Wayne State University study examined the relationship between smile intensity and longevity among 230 pro baseball players from a ’52 baseball registry. They found that players with big smiles lived an average of five years longer that those who didn’t (or barely) smiled. Even players with small smiles lived longer than those who didn’t smile.
Facial expression and smiles have long been shown to be a good indicator of people’s emotions—and those with positive emotions are even shown to have better interpersonal skills and more stable marriages. Smiling can have a great impact on your health—it can boost your immune system and reduces stress.
So Here Are Some Tips For Helping Your Smile Keep You Young
- Care for your teeth, relentlessly, by doing the basics—brushing, flossing, regular checkups, etc.
- Ask us any time you have questions about your oral health or improving your smile.
- Smile big, and smile often.
When you take good care of your teeth, chances are they’ll last a lifetime. And a great smile will make that lifetime longer, healthier, and happier.
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