There is a new reason to smile more: longevity. Researchers at Wayne State University found that people who smile more often live longer than those who don’t, according to a recent study published in Psychological Science.
“This study is no surprise,” says Dr. Haress Rahim, director of Bloo Dental in Brambleton. “The mental and physical benefits of smiling have been well documented.”
In the Wayne State study, researchers compared photos of 230 professional baseball players who started their careers before 1950 and found that those who smiled most intensely lived an average of seven years longer than those who weren’t smiling at all.
An earlier study by researchers at DePauw University found people with broad smiles in childhood photos and college yearbooks had more stable and satisfying marriages and were less likely to divorce.
Smiling has been linked to less stress, an improved immune system and lower blood pressure. Individuals who smile have also been shown to attract more friends and to be more successful in school and work.
“If someone has unhealthy teeth and gums, they are far less likely to smile and much more likely to have other underlying health problems,” commented Dr. Rahim.
A key part of achieving and maintaining a healthy smile is good dental care including flossing and brushing daily as well as routine dental exams and cleanings.
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