Studies show that the meaning of a smile can change based on the social context. Sure, a smile typically indicates that a person is happy. However, some smiles may actually reveal something more about the person who’s smiling, including their concealed weaknesses. Let’s explore three surprising things your smile may reveal about you.
You Are Fertile
A healthy smile can be an indication of good overall health in both men and women. In women, a healthy smile may be an indication of fertility, as well.
On average, females with gum (periodontal) disease take two months longer to conceive than females with healthy gums, according to a report issued by the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Research points to a correlation between the increased inflammation that accompanies periodontal disease and an increased risk of certain health problems, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and kidney disease. This inflammation may also be what’s behind the added difficulty in conceiving.
You Have High Earning Power
If you smiled often as a teenager, you may earn more now that you are an adult than your peers that were gloomy teenagers. The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a study in 2012 that reported that happy adolescents ended up earning 10 percent more in income at the age of 29 than the national average. In addition, melancholy teenagers ended up earning 30 percent less in income at the age of 29 than the national average.
Why is this? The study claimed it is because happier people have fewer worries and thus more unhindered mental capacity to devote to delivering a stellar job performance. And, outstanding job performance generally leads to higher incomes.
You Are Powerful (or Not)
Your smile may also be an indication of your social status. The journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin reported that high-powered individuals only smiled when they felt happy while those with less social power than the individual(s) with whom they were interacting smiled regardless of what they were feeling. One possible explanation for this is that less powerful people feel obligated to smile in order to ingratiate themselves to those with more social power.
Need Help With Your Smile?
At the Hamptons Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we feel that everyone looks better with a healthy smile — regardless of social context. If you need help keeping your smile healthy, pay us a visit. We offer a range of dentistry treatments to help keep your smile healthy and gorgeous. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hampton, contact the Hamptons Family and Cosmetic Dentistry by calling (972) 395-9292.