There are many reasons to take pride in your pearly whites. We’ve discussed how your dental hygiene is undoubtedly interconnected with your overall health including it’s influence on devastating diseases like Alzheimer’s, Pancreatic Cancer, and Heart Disease. However, health, or at least physical health, is not the only reason to show your teeth with a friendly smile.
A recent study published in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Journal has explored the premise that when we smile it actually changes the way our brain processes other people’s emotions. The study was conducted by measuring electrical activity in our brain that happens 150-170 milliseconds after seeing another person’s face. In general, these spikes are more pronounced when the faces being viewed have more emotional expressions, in contrast to more neutral ones. However, when the study participants smiled while they were viewing these emotional or neutral faces, the neutral activity in the brain was enhanced even when viewing neutral faces. In other words, if the viewer was smiling, their brain would identify even the neutral faces as smiling.
In other words, if the way your teeth look is causing you to hesitate to smile you are missing out on a much more positive outlook on life! Need a little help with getting your teeth in tip-top shape? Give us a call and ask about cosmetic dentistry in Gilbert, AZ.
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