We all want to be confident in our smiles, but what we may not realize is that with a healthy smile, we have the opportunity to positively impact nearly every aspect of our lives. If more people truly understood this, we think a lot more people would be visiting their dentist regularly.
Healthy teeth and gums improve our nutrition, our overall physical health, and many other aspects of our lives. From your confidence to your income, a beautiful smile has been scientifically shown to make a huge difference in improving the state of our lives. Here are just a few of the benefits of a healthy smile.
You may have heard that the simple act of smiling can help you feel happier. As it turns out, this is actually true. If you don’t believe us, try it for yourself right now. Did that forced smile turn into a real one?
Psychologists have been studying this phenomenon since the early 1970s and have found overwhelming support. The results of 138 studies, testing more than 11,000 patients across the world were compiled by students at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. From that research, they came to the conclusion that, just as our emotions dictate our facial expressions, so too can our expressions dictate our moods to a certain extent.
Independent studies commissioned by Crest have found that a beautiful white smile has a direct effect on successful interpersonal interactions, both socially and professionally. Specifically, those with whiter smiles were more likely to be hired for the job they wanted. Other studies have demonstrated similar results. In one case, more than half of the participants were more likely to be hired and received larger salary offers that those with dimmer smiles.
In what’s known as the “Halo Effect”, people tend to attribute many other positive qualities to you when they recognize one easily. Frequently, a beautiful smile is the first attribute that many will associate with other positive characteristics.
Those individuals with beautiful smiles are then often perceived as smarter, happier, more confident, more attractive, and more successful. As a result, a healthy smile is more likely to get you more friends, and that second or third date.
Great dental care can improve more than just your smile. It can truly transform your life. If you’re ready to make a change and receive the care you need, schedule your next appointment with our dental office. We’ll be here to help you create and maintain your healthiest smile and your happiest life. Call today!