The Power of a Smile

A beautiful smile can make your day! We’ve all had that experience: someone give us a warm, sincere smile, and we just feel good. One smile can start a cascade of smiles as we pass it along during our day. Recent studies have shown that smiling really is contagious; when we sincerely smile at someone, they experience an involuntary response which compels them to mimic that facial expression. No matter our language or culture, a smile is a universal way to connect with people, and to convey a sense of well-being and happiness. When we smile, endorphins are released in our brain, and we literally feel better. Those endorphins help us relax, and when our bodies are relaxed, our immune system is boosted.

When our teeth are healthy and white, we’re more comfortable smiling and engaging in conversation. When we have a beautiful smile, we’re more relaxed when we laugh, when we eat, and when we speak. Decayed, missing, discolored, cracked or crooked teeth can make us hesitant about smiling, and may have a serious effect on our self confidence and sense of social comfort. We may find ourselves withdrawing from social settings and gatherings if we worry that someone will judge us unkindly the moment we open our mouths. Sometimes, poor dental health can also cause bad breath, and we may find that people around us physically back away or avoid speaking with us. All these things can combine to make us feel self-conscious and less confident in our day-to-day interactions with others.

Modern advances in dental care and aesthetics, combined with good oral hygiene, can help transform our “smile factor” from infrequent and guarded, to to confident and constant!

Dr. Jake Richards and his wonderful team of caring professionals can help you harness the Power of Your Smile!  We’re ready to serve you in Pocatello, (call 208-237-6453) and can also visit us at our newest  office in Malad!  Call 208-904-3614 to book at time to meet with Dr. Jake Richards to discover what he can do to give you that healthy and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted!