Whether you notice it or not, you most likely smile dozens of times every day. Smiling is one of the most important forms of non-verbal communication. In fact, a poll conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that 99% of those questioned recognize the importance of smiling in their social interactions. Unattractive smiles negatively affect the personal and professional lives of many. Beyond the aesthetic value of an attractive smile, researchers have found that smiling is good for your mental and physical well being. The Riverside dentists at Riverside Dental Group love to see you smile, so enjoy a bit of interesting smile trivia.

Cerebral and Silly Smile Facts

  • The human eye is capable of detecting a smile from up to 300 feet away. A smile is the most recognizable of all facial expressions at a long distance.
  • When you smile, you release endorphins. These neurotransmitters act as energy and mood boosters. Endorphins are also your body’s natural way of relieving pain or discomfort.
  • Psychologists have found that smiling reduces anxiety and other emotions which contribute to stress. If you’re having a crummy day, force yourself to smile. It just might naturally improve your mood.
  • Since smiling is known to reduce stress, it helps you maintain a healthy immune system. Excessive stress weakens your immune system over time.
  • Smiles are seen as a sign of friendliness and openness in most cultures around the world, but there are rare populations who view smiles as rude.
  • There are 19 different types of smiles according to one researcher, but smiles can generally be broken down into some form of false or genuine.
  • Employees who smile frequently at work are more likely to be promoted than colleagues who rarely smile.

Visit your Riverside Dentists

At Riverside Dental Group we encourage our patients to smile as much as possible. If a lack of confidence in your smile is keeping you from reaping the benefits of smiling freely, we would love to consult with you about your cosmetic dental procedure options. To schedule a cosmetic consultation, contact our Riverside dentists’ office at (951) 698-5031. We serve patients from Riverside and the surrounding communities.