June Is National Smile Month

June is not just for Dads and Grads! Its also recognized as National Smile Month.

Don’t forget to get your teeth cleaned at least 3 times a year. I know most of you are saying “WHAT? 3 times?”. Yes, the only reason why people think of teeth cleanings every 6 months is because insurance companies have created this. They think 6 months is a good waiting period between cleanings but if you ask your dental professional, the patients who get 3 or more cleanings a year save in the long run. Having the professional’s eyes on your teeth more often as well as plaque removal more often statistically lead to less decay and earlier intervention of dental issues resulting in less dental work over a lifetime. When was the last time an insurance company looked in your mouth to decide what treatment was right for you?

Everyone loves the quote “laughter is the best medicine,” and as a dentist, I have experienced the benefits of smiling and laughter with my patients. In fact, smiling can boost your mood and even your immune system. Here are 5 facts about smiling.

1. Forcing yourself to smile can boost your mood: Psychologists have found that even if you’re in bad mood, you can instantly lift your spirits by forcing yourself to smile.

2. It boosts your immune system: Smiling really can improve your physical health, too. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which contributes to good health and a stronger immune system.

3. Smiles are contagious: It’s not just a saying: smiling really is contagious, scientists say. In a study conducted in Sweden, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own.

4. Smiles Relieve Stress: Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile, even when you force it. This sudden change in mood will help you feel better and release stress.

5. It’s easier to smile than to frown: Scientists have discovered that your body has to work harder and use more muscles to frown than it does to smile. Speaking of an incredible smile, this issue is dedicated to our very own Denise Navarro who was accepted into the prestigious USC School of Dentistry Hygiene Program beginning this Fall. We are going to miss having her here every day in the Palisades, but we are so excited for her future in dentistry.

Speaking of an incredible smile, this issue is dedicated to our very own Denise Navarro who was accepted into the prestigious USC School of Dentistry Hygiene Program beginning this Fall. We are going to miss having

Trivia Question:

Which movie did Matt Dillon play an investigator in and got a full mouth of fake teeth to impress a girl?

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