Stress Less With a Smile

Stress – everyone has it and we know that it isn’t good for us. But what can you do about it? The experts all suggest eating healthy, exercising regularly, doing meditation or yoga and petting your cat to reduce your stress levels. Did you know that smiling when you are in a stressful situation can reduce your stress levels? A stress reliever almost as simple as petting the kitty! 

Researchers at the University of Kansas gave student subjects anxiety-inducing tasks. The students were then tested three ways while performing these tasks:

  • not smiling
  • being told to smile,
  • and while holding chopsticks in their teeth to force a smile

It turns out that any kind of smile, genuine or faked with chopsticks helps reduce stress. The stress levels for the student subjects dipped even lower when the students used a “real” smile.

“Age-old adages such as ‘grin and bear it’, have suggested smiling to be not only an important non-verbal indicator of happiness but also wishfully promotes smiling as a panacea for life’s stressful events said researcher Tara Kraft.  Co-author Sarah Pressman added “the next time you are stuck in traffic or are experiencing some other type of stress, you might try to hold your face in a smile for a moment. Not only will it help you ‘grin and bear it’ psychologically, but it might actually help your heart health as well.”

At Rothfus Family Dental we have always known how powerful a smile can be! It is too bad that some people hate how their teeth look so  they avoid smiling and laughing altogether. This is not a healthy or happy way to live your life. If mother nature didn’t give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of then it is time for you to make a change. Orthodontic treatment can straighten a crooked smile and a simple bleaching can erase years from a dingy grin. Cosmetic dentistry using porcelain veneers can dramatically alter your smile by giving you the appearance of  straight, beautifully formed, dazzling white teeth. The range of treatment options to improve the appearance of your smile may surprise you.

If you are unhappy with your smile and find yourself hiding your teeth please contact Medford Oregon cosmetic dentists at Rothfus Family Dental today at 541-858-7994 schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation.