How Smiling Affects Your Health
When you’re driving or walking in the park and someone smiles as they walk or drive past, how does it make you feel? This simple, effortless gesture goes such a long way to not only those around you but also has positive psychological effects for you, too!
Studies show there is a significant link between good health and smiling. As well as how the physical act of smiling (making the facial movements), can have both short term and long term benefits on your health and wellbeing.
But how does this link with dentistry? Well, your smile starts with your oral health. Healthy teeth and gums not only shine brighter but more confidently because you want to show them off!
Ways to Improve Your Smile
If you’re not feeling confident with your smile, or wish to improve it, there are an array of cosmetic dentistry solutions that may be suitable to you such as:
- Teeth whitening: to quickly whiten your teeth to appear brighter
- Dental veneers: to create a new smile and mask your teeth with a whiter, brighter or straighter smile
- Cosmetic bonding: to restore minor chips or cracks
- Dental crowns: to protect and restore a damaged tooth
- Orthodontics to straighten misaligned teeth
Keeping up with regular checkups and cleans can also help maintain healthy teeth and gums, preventing prolonged buildup of decay and plaque.
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
Along with staying on top of your oral health, all body systems are connected in some way. What we eat greatly affects our teeth, nutrition, mood, and much more.
Maintaining a balanced diet and lifestyle is one of the most important aspects of health and wellbeing. During your week, try to incorporate some health goals such as:
- A 30-minute walk each day
- Eating at least 5 healthy dinners each week
- Substituting sweets with fruits or protein snacks
- Practicing mindfulness to refresh and restore your mind
- Enjoying a nutritious breakfast such as yogurt or eggs on toast (even on a workday!)
Your health is most important, so make sure to take proper care of not only your teeth and gums but your overall health and wellbeing too.