YOU KNOW THE POWER THAT your child has to brighten up your day with a simple smile. Have you ever stopped to consider what kind of impact your smile can have on THEM, and on others around you? As parents, we’re often surprised by the ways our kids emulate us—consciously or unconsciously—as they grow. You can make your influence consistently positive by really embracing the power of your own smile, and teaching your child to do the same.
Step 1: Practice, Practice, Practice
Life’s too short to skip the simple things that make you happy. Smile more. Smile and laugh, proudly. Abundantly. Invite people to share in the things that make you smile. Your smiles will foster gratitude. Smiling can become a habit. Seek the opportunity.
Step 2: Be Aware Of The Smile/Emotion Connection
Author and poet, Thích Nhất Hạnh once said, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” We often only think about the way positive emotions trigger smiles, but it works the other way too. Smiles trigger positive emotions. They can even help us better deal with stress or pain.
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Step 3: Eliminate The “Courtesy” Smile
Make a conscious decision to replace every half-hearted smile given in politeness with a genuine smile. You can do it!
Step 4: Remember How Attractive Your Smile Makes You
A recent study of 5,000+ singles found that both men (58%) and women (71%) judge the opposite sex MOST (and FIRST) on the appearance of their teeth. Smiles invite and strengthen relationships.
Step 5: Keep Your Smile Healthy
Treat your smile with the love it deserves. Brush and floss daily, and schedule regular checkups.
We Love Seeing Your Child—And You!—Smile
It brightens up our day to see your family come in to our practice. We’re so grateful for the opportunity we have to help your child be healthy and comfortable. Remember, if you ever have any questions about your child’s dental health or habits, feel free to ask. Thanks for being our valued patients and friends.