When we laugh as humans, one of our main concerns is exposing our pearly whites.
We worry that our teeth are too crooked or not white enough.
For this reason, laughing can be embarrassing for those who are self-conscious of their smile.
However, did you know animals can laugh too, and they’re not embarrassed to expose their teeth?
It’s true! Let’s take advice from our furry friends and find the confidence in our laugh and smile.
How do we know animals laugh, and how do they laugh?
We know rats laugh because the make chirping sounds when they play. Rats also laugh (chirp) loudly when they are tickled. It was also studied that rats prefer to be around other rats that chirp more often as they’re seen as funner and more positive rats.
Dogs, like rats, also “laugh” during playtime. According to a study, the distinct, forced breathy sound dogs make is in fact only present during times of play; that’s how we know that dogs are capable of laughing.
Chimpanzees, gorillas, and the like
Our closest relatives, apes, are also capable of laughing, and it’s been proven that they do so. Like with laughter found in dogs, apes laugh with a breathy sound not recognized as laughing to humans. However, we know this is laughter because these sounds are only displayed with apes when they are tickled or wrestle and play with others.
Some claim that birds are also capable of laughing. Some varieties of birds even closely mimic the sound of human laughter and throw their heads back while doing so. It’s thought, though, that this laughter is territorial and not the same as actual laughter.
There’s an expression horses make that’s called a “horse laugh” and resembles a “laugh.” However, this isn’t really a laugh. When they curl their upper lip, this is their way of getting a better sense of smell. So, a horse is likely not laughing at you, but rather just trying to smell you.
Seeing that all types of animals exhibit laughter-like qualities, it shows us as humans that laughter and smiling should be normal components of life and that the condition of our teeth should not indicate whether or not we decide to do so. It’s interesting just how universal laughter is and that many animals out there “laugh” during playtime, just as we do as humans.
How can I be more confident with my laugh in terms of the visibility of my teeth?
Not happy with your pearly whites? Not feeling confident enough to laugh or smile with the condition of your teeth?
No worries! Talk to your dentist today regarding different procedures to make your teeth what you’d wish they’d be. Opt for dentures or dental implants to replace missing teeth, dental veneers to give your teeth a different shape or to cover up chipped teeth, tooth whitener to white your pearly whites, or even orthodontic devices such as braces to straighten or move around your teeth. There are options!