This week, we’re really giving you something to really smile about. The second week of August is reserved for National Smile Week. Dr. Norman Medina and our friendly staff are big believers in the power of a smile. Smiles uplift others, and they’re proven to be important to our emotional well-being. If you are behind on dental exams and cleanings, we encourage you to contact our office online or to call (207) 236-4740.
Celebrate National Smile Week with These Fun Facts
- It takes 26 facial muscles to smile and 62 to frown. So, to celebrate National Smile Week, why don’t you turn that frown upside down? The human face can create thousands of unique facial expressions. Some of these expressions are made intentionally while others are formed subconsciously. These visual messages tell others about our overall emotional state, feelings about our environment, mental well-being, personality, mood, and even our health.
- There are 43 muscles in the face. Most of these muscles are controlled by the facial nerve, which exits the cerebral cortex and emerges from your skull near the ears. From there, the nerve branches outward.
- Smiles are incredibly easy to identify. Individuals can recognize smiles from up to 300 meters away.
- Psychologists have found that smiling can boost our mood and sense of well being. So even if you don’t always feel like smiling, the effort can pay off by elevating our mood.
- There are 19 types of smiles, but only six show happiness. In many mammals, such as dogs or chimpanzees, smiles can be a sign of fear. Smiles are divided into two groups: social smiles that use fewer muscles and “felt” smiles that use muscles on both sides of the face.
- Smiles are more attractive than makeup. A study conducted by Orbit Complete found that 69 percent of people find women more attractive when they smile compared to when they wore makeup but did not smile.
- Smiling is good for your health. Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides, which fight off stress. Serotonin, an antidepressant/mood lifter, is also released.
- Smiling really is contagious. The cingulate cortex is the part of your brain that is responsible for facial expressions. In one study, subjects were shown pictures of several emotions. When a smile was shown, the researchers asked the subjects to frown. Most of the respondents couldn’t! If you smile at someone, they are likely to smile back.
- Possibly the most powerful fact about smiles is that they play a role in how long we live. A 2010 study found that smile intensity, measured through photographs, predicted the subject’s longevity.
So, the best way to celebrate National Smile Week? Smile more! You have nothing to lose, and you may add years to your life.
Celebrate National Smile Week with Our Camden Dental Team
The most important feature of any smile, of course, are teeth. Are you in need of new porcelain veneers? Are your teeth misaligned? Whether you need preventative care, restorative treatments, or cosmetic procedures, our staff is ready to care for your smile.
If you are ready to brighten your smile, contact our staff online or call (207) 236-4740. When you do visit our Camden dental office, you’ll always be greeted with a smile.