5 surprising benefits of smiling

Put on a happy face – it’s National Smile Month! The brainchild of the British Oral Health Foundation, National Smile Month runs from 14th May to 14th June this year –and we’re joining in!

National Smile Month aims to raise awareness about good oral health and focuses on three essential messages: brushing twice a day; reducing sugar consumption; and regular dental visits. As a Rhiwbina Dental patient, you’ll already be on board with great oral hygiene (if you’re not, we promise you’ll hear about it from us!) – but National Smile Month has also got us thinking about smiling in general. What does smiling actually achieve?

Reduce stress
Research published in the journal Psychological Science monitored participants’ heart rates during a task. Those who smiled naturally throughout their task tended to have a lower heart rate, which recovered more quickly after the activity, than those who weren’t smiling naturally.

Boost your mood
The act of smiling spurs a powerful chemical reaction in the brain that releases the happiness hormones dopamine and serotonin. Scientists think that even a forced smile has the potential to trick the brain into making you feel good – so fake it till you make it!

Spread positivity
Just like yawning, smiling is proven to be contagious! The majority of us are hardwired to mimic other people’s facial expressions in social situations, and we often do this unconsciously. So if you walk into a room smiling, the room will smile back, creating a cycle of positivity!

Improve your health
The endorphin release associated with smiling has the added benefit of lowering your blood pressure and reducing your perception of pain. Meanwhile, serotonin reduces stress levels – so a smile effectively stimulates a chemical cocktail of natural health boosters that strengthen your immune system and keep depression at bay.

Change the way you’re perceived
Smiling has variously been proven to make you look younger (a natural facelift), more trustworthy and more successful, as well as inspiring more confidence in your abilities. Get into the habit of smiling more often, and you could well find new doors opening in your career and relationships.  

If you actively avoid smiling because you’re not happy with your smile, you could be denying yourself a host of health benefits. Talk to the team at Rhiwbina Dental to find out how we can help create a smile to be proud of – dental implants, veneers, teeth whitening and discreet teeth straightening solutions are all options we can discuss! And who knows, perhaps National Smile Month will be the perfect time to discover just how happy your smile can make you!

How can we make you smile this month? Call us on 029 2062 6551 to find out!

How a healthy mouth makes a healthy body

If you’re stepping up your fitness regime and overhauling your diet in preparation for the summer, take a moment to consider your dental fitness, too – because if your teeth and gums aren’t in top condition, they could actually undo all your good work. As evidence mounts to support the theory that gum disease leads to chronic health conditions, we’ve highlighted the top three you should be aware of. 

The problem: type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetics are known to be at a higher risk of gum disease – but did you know that gum disease may actually lead to diabetes? Scientists are still working on the exact reason behind it all, but the theory is that gum disease causes inflammation in the mouth, which in turn affects the body’s ability to control blood sugar. 
The solution: speak to your hygienist about combining good oral hygiene with a healthy diet that offers the right balance of carbohydrate, protein, dairy and fats, and which limits sugar.

The problem: heart disease 
Untreated gum disease can cause harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which is thought to damage blood vessels in the heart and brain. Recent studies have shown that those who brush less than the recommended two minutes, twice a day, are at a much higher risk of heart disease. 
The solution: boost your brushing routine to ensure you clean for the full two minutes, twice a day – and book in with your hygienist for a scale and polish to remove plaque from areas that brushing can’t reach.

The problem: respiratory infections
Did you know your lungs are vulnerable to the harmful bacteria in your mouth? Bacteria from unhealthy gums can reach your lungs both when you inhale and via your bloodstream. This causes lung tissue to become inflamed, which can lead to conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia. If you smoke, the risk of respiratory infection is dramatically higher – smoking not only directly damages the lungs, but exacerbates gum disease, too, creating a perfect storm. 
The solution: quit smoking – your hygienist can support you with this; and be extra-vigilant about your oral hygiene, especially when bugs are circling. 

Want to take control of your oral hygiene? Schedule your next check-up or hygiene appointment at Rhiwbina Dental on 029 2062 6551. We’re here to help keep you on the path to good health – from top to toe.

Ready for a spring refresh?

Spring might have delayed its arrival this year, but that doesn’t stop us from feeling like it’s time for a change – whether that’s a fresh wardrobe update (one that doesn’t compromise on warmth; a good old-fashioned clear-out (albeit in the most modern way; or a zingy new dish to boost winter-worn taste buds. It’s the perfect time to give yourself a rejuvenating boost, too – and that’s where Rhiwbina Dental can help. With our fabulous cosmetic treatments, we can offer everything from a subtle refresh to a complete makeover. Here, we round up our most popular treatments to create the ultimate health-and-beauty toolkit for spring.

The express smile enhancer: teeth whitening
If you want whiter teeth, fast, our Philips Zoom! Quick Pro treatment is the perfect solution, getting smiles up to four shades lighter in just four days. Unlike traditional whitening treatments, the Quick Pro system does require dental impressions or whitening trays; instead, an innovative bleaching varnish is applied to the teeth and ‘locked in’ with a sealant. There is little or no sensitivity with this method, and it won’t harm any of the soft tissues in the mouth. Call us today to book a consultation to get a dazzling smile in time for spring.

The de-stresser: botulinum toxin
Botulinum toxin – the same ingredient used in the Botox brand – now has decades of scientific backing to prove just how safe and effective it is in smoothing out deep expression lines and preventing new ones from forming. If you are bothered by persistent frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet, these are the areas on which Botox is especially effective. Expertly placed injections will freeze those underlying muscles, lifting away the effects of stress and tiredness and leaving your complexion looking rested and rejuvenated for up to four months. Book your consultation at Rhiwbina Dental to find out just how simple it is to look refreshed and de-stressed all spring!

The skin-plumper: dermal fillers
Dermal fillers replace the volume that naturally reduces as we age, so they’re ideal for restoring a youthful glow to tired complexions. Dermal filler injections contain a synthetic version of hyaluronic acid, the substance in our bodies that’s responsible for collagen production, the key to plump, firm, healthy-looking skin. The treatment is most popular on lips and cheekbones, but can be used on the whole face to smooth, sculpt and recontour as required. Book your consultation today with our experienced facial aesthetics team and look forward to a rejuvenated new-season look.

The game-changer: a smile makeover
Your smile is one of the first things people will notice about you – but just like your complexion, it loses its lustre over time. If you’re not happy with your smile, but know that a quick fix such as teeth whitening won’t be enough, book in for a smile makeover consultation. We’ll give you our professional opinion on what’s required to get you smiling confidently, for life, and draw up a treatment plan that explains the journey you’ll need to take. From treating gum disease to dental implants and orthodontics, we can offer everything under one roof at Rhiwbina Dental, and we’ll hold your hand every step of the way!

Ready to hit refresh for spring? Call us today on 029 2062 6551 and let’s get started!  

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