Oliver Moody,the Science correspondent for the Times reports that Eliud Kiphoge came within 26 seconds of beating the 2 hour barrier for a marathon. His face was covered by a broad grin to smile away the pain of his effort. Sports Physiologists suggest that a smile will improve performance by at least 2%.
Dr Brick published in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise that a smile produced a relaxed state without constantly trying to relax.
In an episode of the TV sitcom set in the Korean War called M.A.S.H,the hospital team were depressed about the failing peace talks ,the constant loss of life and the protracted war. The commanding officer ordered the doctors to walk around with a smile to raise their morale and of those around them.
People who hide their smile in embarrassment, find socialising a tense,uncomfortable and inhibiting experience. They may even feel depressed as a result. It will take the courage of a good caring friend or relative to point out this behaviour or even more courageous to point out unsightly teeth. All dentists and their teams will be sympathetic to their plight and will be able to create a treatment plan to help.
Do you know someone who does not smile? Think how grateful they will be if you are able to prompt them to seek help rejuvenate their smile and bolster their confidence and general well being.