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Smiling Facts

It’s a simple fact. A smile does much more than express happiness. We usually think about smiling when trying to give our best appearance for others, job interviews, performances, etc. We also smile when we find something funny, or are about to laugh. In general, we don’t give our smiles much thought, they just happen. We also don’t give our smiles the credit they deserve. There have been numerous research studies on smiling and laughter, and the effects that they have on others and ourselves.

Here are a few facts you may not have been aware of :

1. Smiles Are Contagious. Research has shown that people have trouble frowning or being sad when looking at others who are smiling. We tend to smile unconsciously while watching others smile. A smiling person walks into a room and brings happiness with them. Smile a lot and you will draw people to you.

2. Smiling Can Be A Stress Reliever. Endorphins are released immediately upon smiling. Even a forced smile has the same effect on our bodies. The endorphin release will change your mood allowing stress to be relieved. Stress can really show on our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.

3. The Ability to Smile is with us at Birth. many of our behaviors are learned behaviors from our surroundings, but scientists believe that all babies are born with the ability to smile. Even babies with disabilities are able to smile at birth.

4. Smiling is an Immune System Booster. Smiling has a definite physical effect on our bodies. Smiling causes us to feel more relaxed which in turn equals a healthier, stronger body. Fight the flu and colds with smiles.

5. Smiling is Easier Than Frowning. It is a proven fact that your body has to expend more energy frowning than it does smiling. More muscles are used when frowning than smiling.

6. Women Smile More Than Men. Women smile at a higher percentage than men. They are also known to make better eye contact with people.

7. There are 19 Different Types of Smiles. Researchers have identified 19 distinct types of smiles and placed them into 2 categories: Polite and Sincere smiles. Polite smiles use fewer muscles whereas sincere smiles use more muscles.

8. Smiles are more Attractive than Makeup. Studies show that almost 70% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup.

9. Smiling can use up to 53 muscles. 

10. Smiling is a Universal Sign of Happiness. While hand shakes, hugs, and bows all have varying meanings across cultures, smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance.

11. It is the first attribute people notice in others. A smile is the first thing someone will notice about you. It sends a message which makes you more likeable, accessible, valued, and more likely to succeed in the work force and in relationships. A smile leaves a lasting impression on others.

Smiling Conclusion

The universal symbol of happiness is a smile. A smile can change the world for you, and all those around you. There are plenty of reasons to smile, usually without thought or planning, but with just a bit of effort, smiling can become a great new habit for you. Remember the positive nature of a smile,  everything looks brighter from behind a smile. Smile….pass it on!!

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener used as a sugar substitute. Unlike other sweeteners, xylitol is actively beneficial for dental health. It has been shown to reduce tooth decay to a third in regular use.

How does Xylitol Work for Better Dental Hygiene?

There have been numerous research studies that have shown the benefits of chewing gum sweetened with Xylitol after meals and snacks. Xylitol makes an excellent sweetener, as it has many of the same properties as regular table sugar (sucrose). However, unlike table sugar, xylitol reduces tooth cavities.

Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants. It contains far fewer calories than table sugar and has less of an effect on the bodies overall blood sugar levels. Xylitol has a low glycemic index of 7, compared to sugar’s level of 83. It also does not break down like sugar and can help maintain a neutral pH level in the mouth. Xylitol has the ability to inhibit the creation of acid in the mouth. By lowering the acid content in the mouth, this in turn lowers the risk of tooth decay.

Tooth decay happens when bacteria in your mouth consume the sugars we eat. When you eat food containing ordinary sugar (sucrose), it gives bacteria on your teeth energy, allowing them to multiply and start making acids that can eat away the enamel on the teeth. This acid attack causes tooth decay and cavities to begin to form.

Xylitol Gum Marielaina Perrone DDS

Xylitol Gum

Products sweetened with xylitol create an unwelcome environment for bacteria. They simply cannot stick to teeth in a xylitol rich environment.  This is how it protects the teeth from tooth decay. With Xylitol, the acid attack that would otherwise last for over half an hour is stopped. The bacteria in the mouth that are causing cavities are unable to digest xylitol, their growth is greatly reduced. The number of acid producing bacteria may decrease by as much as 90%. No acid is formed because the pH of saliva and plaque does not fall. After taking xylitol, the bacteria do not stick well on the surface of the teeth and as a result, the amount of plaque decreases. Many people are not aware of this ancillary benefit because such a claim makes xylitol into a drug. This crosses a legal boundary not allowed by the Food and Drug Administration.

It has been recommended that you chew a piece of xylitol gum after every meal or snack to gain maximum benefit to your teeth. Xylitol is recommended by dentists and physicians worldwide as a sweetener for anyone concerned with dental health, upper respiratory health, and sugar consumption, in general.

Can Xylitol Repair Damage to Enamel Too?

Research has also shown that the use of xylitol helps repair damage to the enamel. Saliva protects the mouth and teeth. Stimulated saliva in particular contains all the components needed to repair early tooth cavities. If sugar is only taken a couple of times a day, the saliva can do the job alone. But most people take sugar so often that the mouth’s own defensive tools are not enough.

Saliva that has xylitol is more alkaline than saliva stimulated by other sugar products. After taking xylitol products, the concentration of basic amino acids and ammonia in saliva and plaque may rise, and plaque pH rises as well. When pH is above 7, calcium and phosphate salts in saliva start to move into those parts of enamel that are weak. Therefore, soft, calcium deficient enamel sites begin to harden again.

Xylitol Conclusion

Xylitol can help maintain a healthy oral environment, but does not replace dental hygiene!

Xylitol can be an excellent adjunct to normal brushing and flossing coupled with regular dental visits and professional cleanings. The best part is it is quite easy to incorporate xylitol into your daily routine.