Monthly Archives: April 2016

What Makes a Smile Genuine?

fake smiles

Dr. Montes, Dr. Thompson and the team at Prescott Dentistry are always striving to give you the tools to show off your smile with confidence. Having a healthy smile does wonders for your health, happiness and social life. So whenever you’re feeling a little uneasy about smiling with your teeth, are suffering from a toothache, or are just due for a cleaning, give your local dentist in Prescott, AZ a call!

As much as having a healthy smile is always a good thing, according to science not all smiles are created equally! Have you ever wondered why you can tell when someone is faking a smile?

According to studies done by G.B. Duchenne, a French neurologist in 1862, all smiles are the result of the corners of the lips being pulled up by the zygomaticus major cheek muscles. However, if this is the only muscle contraction occurring, that type of smile is generally perceived as “fake” or less-than-genuine.

You may have heard the expression “smile with your eyes” which is actually accurate in terms of the science. The curling of the corner of your lips is voluntary, but to smile with your eyes is triggered by another part of the brain that is not controlled by our conscious mind. A genuine smile is expressed when the contraction of the muscles around your eyes, or the orbicularis oculi, happens in tandem with the muscles in your cheeks.

This genuine smile has been dubbed the Duchenne smile and is seen as more honest, positive and approachable. Studies have shown that those who genuinely smile live longer and report greater levels of happiness, well-being and marital satisfaction. Contact Prescott Dentistry today for a complimentary cosmetic consultation with one of our knowledgeable doctors, and see what we can do to improve your smile!

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (4/13/2016) Adam Dachis (Flickr)

Dental Spring Cleaning: A Tradition Continued!

spring cleaning baby

Last year we suggested starting a new Spring Cleaning tradition. Well it’s that time of year again! March 20th marked the first day of Spring, and the season is well under way. You should never miss an opportunity to get both your literal and metaphorical houses in order. Use the warm Spring air to motivate you to not only dust those little seen corners of your home, but also finally get that dental work you’ve been putting off or schedule that very important checkup and cleaning. After all, your teeth and gums may be due for some spring cleaning too!

Regular cleanings and checkups are important for a number of reasons that go beyond the satisfaction of knowing you marked one more item off your spring cleaning checklist! These cleanings allow our staff to evaluate your gum tissue, provide teeth whitening and stain removal, examine your teeth for decay, check your biting and chewing patterns, remove any tartar or plaque, and send you on your way to your freshly cleaned home with some helpful tips on how to keep your teeth healthy and clean until next Spring!

Whatever your plans are this Spring, don’t forget to get outside and enjoy the warm weather when you can. Work on your overall health as well as your dental health by getting some exercise and Vitamin D from the sun. As always, you know where to contact Prescott Dentistry to schedule your appointment! Also, we’re always welcoming new members to our family of patients, so never hesitate to recommend a friend!

Happy Spring Cleaning from Prescott Dentistry and we hope to see all of you soon!

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (4/13/2016) Visa Kopu (Flickr)