Smile – Happy feels Good on You

Smile – Happy feels Good on You

Smile – happy feels good on you and has the power to improve moods, decrease stress and help you to relax.  Dr. Abeyta and her team have written several blog posts over the years that talk about the importance of oral health and how it relates to your overall health.  Now, we’ll tell you why you should show off that beautiful smile and laugh more.

Those Little Molecules of Sunshine

On those days when you wake up grumpy try a tiny smile or chuckle.  It’ll trigger your brain to feel happier.   

Don’t believe it?  A recent study showed that when you smile, your brain releases tiny molecules called neuropeptides to help fight off stress.  Other neurotransmitters such as serotonin, endorphins and dopamine are released as well.  Endorphins act as a mild pain reliever.  Serotonin and endorphins are natural antidepressants.  

Those effects are more than doubled when that tiny smile turns into full-blown laughter.  Laughing has been shown to increase circulation and relax muscles for up to forty-five minutes.

Dr. Abeyta practices a holistic approach to dentistry.

A Ray of Sunshine

Have you ever wondered why people gravitate towards those who are always smiling and laughing?   No one wants to be around Johnny Raincloud. 

It’s amazing how contagious laughter and smiling can be.  We can thank mirror neurons for that.  Whenever, we see someone doing a specific behavior we can’t help but mimic that behavior ourselves.

An Element of Fun in Every Job that Must Be Done

Sometimes, it’s hard to find reasons to smile and laugh when you are at work, but the more you do, the more productive and focused you will be on the job at hand.  

The more productive and focused you are the faster the job will be completed. It’s a positive cycle that will rub off on your fellow workers.  It can change the entire workforce atmosphere.  

The Physical Benefits

Smiling and laughing not only improves your mental health, it has physical benefits as well.  When you laugh, you work your abdominal muscles, releasing endorphins.  Remember, endorphins reduce your perception of pain and also trigger a positive feeling in the body. That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

Studies have also found that smiling and laughing can help decrease your risk for heart disease and lower your blood pressure for up to 24 hours.

The Best Reason

There are several scientific studies that show us why people should smile and laugh more but when it comes down to it, the best reason is that it simply makes us feel better.  We should all spend more time doing the things that bring joy into our lives. 

Dr. Abeyta and her team believe that dentistry is health and trust centered. She practices an integrative approach in creating a beautiful smile and healthy functioning body. Call today to get started on your healthy smile at 505-293-7611 and remember, laughter is the best medicine.

Children, Dentists and Facial Growth

Children, Dentists and Facial Growth

It is easy to see how our ancestors who ate traditional foods, from the garden and the hoof, and were breastfed, grew to have splendid facial form with broad dental arches and free of cavities.
This one huge difference in diet has greatly affected facial growth and a large range of facial features.  Dentists might see children with no cavities but rarely see a child with good facial form. According to research, it is actually more common to see children with crooked or crowded teeth and other issues that can have long range effects on children then not.

We define good facial form as having the following characteristics:

• Attractive Face
• Proper Airway (no sleeping issues etc.)
• Straight teeth
• Balanced jaw Joints

We define poor facial form as having the following characteristics:

• Less attractive face (long, lower jaw behind upper or lower jaw ahead of upper jaw)
• Breathing issues (snoring, restless sleeper, nightmares, bed wetting, asthma, allergies, ENT problems)
• Crooked or Crowded teeth
• Clicking jaws or Teeth grinding

In a perfect world, we would want to spot these issues before they develop.

 Thankfully, there are signs and symptoms we can look for: 
• Unusual or recurring illnesses such as ear, nose and throat issues.
• Snoring
• Sleep apnea
• Fainting
• Allergies

Other conditions to look for are low or ultra-high energy levels or attention spans and bed wetting.
And even though some of the above conditions are commonly found in kids, these may also be warning signs that our children are not experiencing normal growth patterns in their teeth or jaws that would surely lead to more serious issues later in life.

Dentist are in a unique position to identify the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for facial growth conditions. Choosing a dentist with the necessary training to detect issues could greatly impact your life.

Call Dr. Abeyta’s office today at (505) 293-7611, or Contact us by email, to learn more.