We know a Holiday gift that costs nothing:  A smile brings holiday magic.  You don’t have to wrap a smile to give it away.  It’s an appropriate gift for, friends, relatives, family members, business acquaintances, and even the people you pass in the halls of the malls.

When you smile, we smile back.

One good smile deserves another.

And it comes from your heart in one size fits all.  Here in Oviedo at Dentistry for Children, the doctor and his staff of healthcare professionals are sending you holiday greetings–and special beams of delight.

We wish you:

Merry Christmas,

Happy Hanukkah,

Blessed Kwanzaa.

No matter which holiday of the season you honor, we send our smiles and Season’s Greetings in the hope of brightening your day.

What’s In Your Holiday Smile?

Now, often we speak in terms of dental procedures like whitening, straightening as ways of affecting your child’s smile.  Those are good things, but they are not the point of today’s topic.

The point of today’s topic is the value of the act of performing a joyful expression, especially in the friendly, happy spirit of the holidays.  We are not referring to the flat or frozen smile you use on demand.

Please, for this holiday season, give us an authentic smile that starts in your heart, curves up your lips and illuminates your eyes.  This delighted expression can be provoked by something as simple as twinkling holiday lights or a random bit of memorable holiday music.  We’d like you to try it as you read this article.  You will be amazed at how much better you will feel, even under these artificial conditions.  Go ahead, start a slow grin.

Scientific Facts of a Holiday Smile

Joyful hearts can bring health and happiness.

Can you guess my Christmas Secret? Smiles keep me healthy.

Sarah Stevenson recently reported on the science behind a smile in Psychology Today.  She stated several reasons the smile makes a mystical connection and a magical gift.

  1. Our Holiday Smile is Contagious: She said that scientists and “spiritual teachers alike agree that the simple act can transform you and the world around you.”  Did you know smiling makes you more attractive?
  2. Making a Smile Boosts your own Mood:  This rings true even if at first, given the hectic holiday rush, you must make it with a little extra effort.  It can make us appear more attractive to others.  So think of a Happy Holiday memory, and grin a little as you read.  Let’s see if it brightens your day.
  3. How a Smile to Affects Your Brain:
    According to the experts, “Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.  The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.”

Nice, not Naughty:  Neuropeptides

Your smile releases neuropeptides, which have stress-fighting capabilities.  They send emotional messages through the neurons all over the body.  So—smile, and de-stress.

Your sparkling holiday happiness instigates the neurotransmitters and floods your system with dopamine, endorphins and serotonin.  The act of giving someone a smile releases these “feel good” substances directly into your bloodstream.

In turn, your blood pressure and heart rate are lowered.  Your own smile relaxes you, just as it relaxes the lucky one who receives it.  Some scientists even believe that smiling leads to longer life.

Brush Up on that Smile in More Ways than One

Of course, Dentistry for Children would be remiss if this week’s blog did not include a bit of holiday tooth-care advice.  So, here are our four little toothy holiday reminders for kiddos, young and old:

  1. Don’t forget to brush
  2. More importantly, do not forget to brush the part of your teeth we do not see when you smile: the inside surfaces.
  3. And in the holiday rush, it’s easy to skimp on timing.  So we must remind you that tooth-brushing requires a proper two minutes of time, twice a day.
  4. Don’t forget to read the adorable story of Hermy, the Elf who wants to be a dentist.  He has a cute coloring chart you can download for free, for children in honor of his favorite activity.

An Authentic Holiday Wish and a grin for Friends, Old and New!

So, with a smile, Dentistry for Children offers our patients, friends and readers, a gift of warmth and personal gratitude for your friendship, support and readership.

Dental exams reduce damage to your teeth.

Wow! Even Santa needs Dental Checkups.

As we have said previously at the close of 2016, “We believe the best parts of any holiday celebration, for all religions and countries, will always be spending time with our loved ones, giving to those in need and following the customs that we have come to love.”

We close this blog with a lovely verse by Thomas S. Monson

“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting.

It is happiness because we see joy in people.

It is forgetting self and finding time for others.

It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.”

By Thomas S. Monson

Smiles from our family to yours!  Have a blessed and beautiful Holiday Time.