“Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that's beautiful.”
-Rashida Jones

A healthy smile makes the difference between a good and bad impression. When you smile, you're making an immediate statement to everyone around you. A healthy, vibrant smile sends off many attractive signals, like happiness, vitality and high self-esteem. With a smile like that, you can lighten the room and change the mood of the people around you.

Happy Emotion Is Most Attractive

According to extensive surveys and studies, the most attractive that a woman can have is the obvious presence of happy emotion. A happy disposition will win you friends on both sides of the gender line. The smile is one of the most powerful indicators of this emotion.

A healthy smile helps you seem more approachable by preventing you from looking tired, overwhelmed, worn down and more. Put on a smile during meetings and appointments, and see how people react. A natural smile is likely to make others smile back, and help you exude confidence and seem more relaxed.

White Teeth Boosts Beauty

Researchers from Leeds and Central Lancashire University in the UK proved that a healthy smile is akin to a peacock's tail -- a sign of health and good genetics. The researchers took pictures of the models before digitally changing the color -- healthy white, yellowish brown and pearly white, then showed the photos to 50 young men and women and asked how attractive they found the models.

Unsurprisingly, the unhealthy looking teeth were most unpopular. Models with whitened teeth were rated as more successful and attractive in every instance. Just with white teeth? That’s powerful.

Well-Aligned Teeth is a Must

Not only is a healthy smile a great way to make yourself appear more attractive to others, taking care of your mouth -- gums and teeth -- ensures a healthier body also. A healthy smile and body go hand-in-hand.

According to cosmetic dentist Dr. Bruce Hartley in Calgary, your teeth will indicate a lot of things about your body. For instance, if you are a heavy coffee drinker, your teeth are likely to be stained from the black pigment of coffee. Healthy, full and white teeth generally indicate a women who has healthy habits which pay off throughout the rest of her body.

Good oral hygiene helps improve your body by relieving stress, boosting the immune system and lowering blood pressure. According to WebMD a healthy mouth can also reduce the risk of serious diseases and help boost your memorization in your golden years.

When you're feeling self-conscious about your smile because of an unhealthy mouth, you may tend to hide it, which makes you seem uncomfortable. I hid my smile for a long time because when I was young, some kids made some comments about my teeth. Sadly, those comments stuck with me a long time. But by hiding my real smile a lot of my personality from the outside world. Don’t make that mistake, let it out and let it shine!

A healthy smile in a matter of days -- all it takes is a little work each day. From teeth whitening to good old-fashioned oral hygiene, you can get and maintain a beautiful smile that makes you proud. The little things really make a huge difference!

Basics like brushing and flossing at least once every day is a good place to start. Avoiding certain sticky sweets helps prevent tooth decay and build-up of bacteria in the mouth. You may want to consider teeth whitening by a professional or at-home treatments. And of course if you want to adjust the alignment of your teeth, you’ll need to consult with your orthodontist.

Will you take the challenge of building a better smile and showing it off to the world? You will be surprised at the difference it makes for you.

Author's Bio: 

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and a mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She often writes to empower women with useful tips and information.