Keep Smiling for Your Good Health

smile1A smile is defined as: “a pleased, kind, or amused facial expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed.”

At Angell’s Dentistry, we are all about helping you maintain a healthy mouth and a great smile. But the benefits of smiling go well beyond our teeth and mouth. The act of smiling actually activates neural messaging in the brain that benefits our health and happiness.

Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides, tiny molecules that communicate to our bodies when we are happy, sad, angry, depressed or excited. When we smile, the “feel good” neurotransmitters—dopamine, endorphins and serotonin—are released, which helps us relax, lowers our heart rate and blood pressure and can also even relieve pain. Serotin offers the additional benefit of acting as an anti-depressant.

Smiling can also release tension on a cellular level. When we smile, we reduce the rigidness of our cells, and this physical relaxation can help combat the risk of stress-induced cell mutations that can lead to the development or persistence of various cancers.

Not only do we feel better when we smile, but we look better too. People see us as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. When we see someone smile, the region in our brain that processes sensory rewards is activated, so we actually feel rewarded.

Angell’s Dentistry is committed to helping you enhance your smile. Ask us about our cosmetic surgery options and teeth whitening treatments. We offer everything from white fillings, porcelain crowns and veneers to a number of tooth whitening options. We can help you determine the right whitening option for your type of discoloration, just in time for Spring!

If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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