Lessen Your Stress - Smile!Friday, August 3rd, 2012, 8:22 pm
We know that being stressed for long periods can affect the health of your smile but did you know that smiling when you are in a stressful situation can reduce your stress levels?
Researchers at the University of Kansas gave students anxiety-inducing tasks. The students were tested three ways while performing these tasks including: not smiling, being told to smile, and once more while holding chopsticks in their teeth to force a smile. It turns out that any kind of smile, genuine or faked with chopsticks helped reduce stress for the students. The stress levels dipped even lower when the students used a “real” smile.
“Age-old adages such as ‘grin and bear it’, have suggested smiling to be not only an important non-verbal indicator of happiness but also wishfully promotes smiling as a panacea for life’s stressful events said researcher Tara Kraft. Co-author Sarah Pressman added “the next time you are stuck in traffic or are experiencing some other type of stress, you might try to hold your face in a smile for a moment. Not only will it help you ‘grin and bear it’ psychologically, but it might actually help your heart health as well.”
At Wilbanks Dental Care we know how powerful a smile can be. Unfortunately, some folks hate how their teeth look so they avoid smiling and laughing. This is not a healthy or happy way to live life. If nature didn’t give you the smile you’ve always wanted then it is time to make a change. Orthodontic treatment can straighten a crooked smile and a simple bleaching can erase years from a dingy grin. Cosmetic dentistry using porcelain veneers can dramatically alter your smile by giving you the appearance of straight, beautifully formed, dazzling white teeth.
Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation. You can have the smile of your dreams even if you are nervous about dental visits by taking advantage of one of our several sedation dentistry options.