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Why Do Some People Have Dimples and Others Don't

Updated on October 1, 2010
 

There is something about a dimple in someone's smile that can make people of either gender swoon. Obviously you can't make yourself have a dimple if you weren't born with one. But if you've ever wished that you could, it might have occurred to you to wonder how those lucky cuties got their dimples in the first place. The answer is fairly simple: it's all in the genes.

There's just something in the genetic makeup that determines whether or not you might get dimples. The dimple gene is a dominant gene so if which means that if one of your parents has dimples then you probably got them as well. It's simply a hereditary thing that is passed down from generation to generation.

If you're thinking to yourself that you know someone who has dimples but there aren't any other dimples in the family, there could be several reasons. Some of the major reasons that a person might develop dimples when their parents don't have them include:

  • Genes are funny. Usually we can tell from our genetic makeup which traits we're going to get and which we aren't. However, there are lots of genes that skip generations so it's possible that someone back down the line had those dimples and you're just the lucky one in the bunch that was next to get the gene.
  • Your parents' dimples faded over time. The dimples in the face frequently change over time as a result of changes that occur throughout the body. Muscles are developed and loosened. Fat in the face changes the shape of your cheeks. And dimples may disappear as you grow up. Scour your parents' old baby photos to see if there was a hint of dimple in there that you didn't know about before.
  • Your dimples are a result of the unique shape of your face. In some cases, the dimple is less of a genetic thing than it is an anatomical thing. Yes, it's passed down just like the rest of your body features. But there are some cases where the way that certain facial muscles form causes dimples.

It should be noted that there are different types of dimples which may form on the face. Most commonly, people with dimples have one dimple in each cheek which is visible when they smile. In some cases, the dimples are so poignant that they are visible even when the individual is not smiling. In other instances, the person may actually have only one dimple. In addition to the one-or-two cheek dimples, there is also the possibility that you will develop a dimple in your chin. This is more rare than cheek dimples and may not be the kind of cute feature you wish you inherited but it's something that you can see on people if you start looking around.

Just like the rest of our facial features, dimples come from our parents and their parents before them. If you love the ones that you have, you can thank the genes. If you wish that you had them, blame your parents.

What does everyone thing: are dimples "cute"?

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    Msk...Mac 14 months ago

    I have four dimples too. Which is somewhat rare, one on both my cheeks and the two on my chin you can only see the fourth one if I really smile! Anyway i like having dimples I got free ice cream once because of it! And I get called cute on a reg...sooo yeah it's pretty sweet

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    RickyB86 21 months ago

    I've got two, and as a guy, the attention everytime i smile never gets old.

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    Jennifer 22 months ago

    I bearly like my dimples

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    Genesis 2 years ago

    I don't got dimples is sad I wish I did

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    Nena g 2 years ago

    I hate my dimples I have 8. 6 on my face and 2 on my back I literally think I'm deformed because my parents don't have any

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    mia 2 years ago

    I have dimples on both of my cheeks and I love them I look extra ordinarily cuteeee..........

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    bryzen 2 years ago

    my friends and my instructor tell me that i am cute when i am smiling.... so that having a dimples are nice bec. its one of asset to us...

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    kags 2 years ago

    dimples are nice

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    someone 4 years ago

    That's cool. I wish I had a dimple. ):

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    Anzal 4 years ago

    I have a dimple on my face it looks wierd

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    padmaprocon@gmail.com 4 years ago

    l have dimple

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    alsss 5 years ago

    im rare i have 1 dimple in one cheek (not on the other) and one on top of my lip when i smile!

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    buddy 5 years ago

    Dimples are sweet &

    Cute

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    Traci tray 5 years ago

    I just wanted to say I have three sets of dimples on each cheek I don't know how that's possible but It depends on my smile if I smile with my eyes close they appear on the high part of my cheek bone, if I do a soft smile they appear below the cheek bone & if I press my lips together they show up in the corners of my mouth

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    alee 5 years ago

    I wish I had dimples cause they r so cute

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    apy 5 years ago

    my mom has dimples and i dnt

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    tommy howells girl 5 years ago

    i wish i had dimples.......thanks a lot mom! i got your dominat genes!!!!

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    essencereid 5 years ago

    i was born with dimples on my shoulders

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    esha 5 years ago

    I want dimples desp

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    shreya 5 years ago

    can we make dimple

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    Kara 5 years ago

    Wowwwwww, I'm 24 & I have a dimple in each cheek, I always get compliments...I get ppl tht wants to poke their fingers in my dimple..I'm like okkkkk their only dimples lol ... Thanks dad ;)

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    toriii 5 years ago

    Dimpless are sooo ckute I have a light one on my right cheek and one on my chin I wish the one on my chin would fade awayy and my cheak dimple I got it by pressing on my cheek I'm not naturally dimpled only on my chin uhg try to poke ur cheek for a week and maybe ittll becum light like mine

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    Tiffany 5 years ago

    I've always had dimples since I was born... one on each cheek... my left cheek dimple is so much deeper! It only appears when I'm smiling or eating I love them :)

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    veena , INDIA 5 years ago

    I HVE GOT 2 CUTE DIMPLES ON MY CHEEKS , WHICH ATTRACTS PEOPLE YO ME ......... THANK U MOM N GRAND PA , TIS IS JUST BCOZ OF U .........

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    Danniale 5 years ago

    I have ONE dimple on my cheek and one on my chin, its pretty annoying:/

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    mary 5 years ago

    i am 19 and i have 1 lovely dimple on my left cheek. if i marry to someone whit dimple on his right cheek, it can possible that my child have 2 dimples!!!???

    who know this?

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    Michelle 5 years ago

    Dimples are adorable!

    ^_^

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    Natasha 5 years ago

    I am 13 years old..&I have one on my right cheek but its light so anyone rarely notices... But no other person in my family have them.

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    rohit 5 years ago

    i haveee dimple on my chick's

    thy look asome on me

    but,they were not there when i was a kid

    really lucky to have them now

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    Diana 5 years ago

    I sort of have a dimple on my left cheek. it's very hard to notice it :/ I hope it develops! on both cheeks!

    They look so cute and I want them :(

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    jyoti 5 years ago

    i love dimples...... I wish i had dem....

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    Ammy 5 years ago

    Have got a shallow dimple on my left cheek.

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    Kayla 5 years ago

    I Don't Like My Dimples They Are Annoying Lol.

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    Alyssa 5 years ago

    Neither of my parents, or any of my ancestors have dimples, yet I have a single one on my left cheek. It used to be that the only time it was visible was when I smiled or laughed, but over the last few years it looks to be getting deeper and more prominent, being visible almost every time I speak or talk... And what's even more puzzling to me is that there appears to be another, shallower one starting to form on the opposite cheek...

    How can that happen? How is it possible for dimples to become more defined, even having another one appear (without weight gain) when neither the dominant DD or Dd gene is present in a bloodline?

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    Hadiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii 5 years ago

    yaaaaaaaaaaay me

    i have dimples on both sides of my cheek and i have always been known by them since i was a kid

    i guess it is the best thing in my face

    totally love them

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    aaa 5 years ago

    i hav a dimple..

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    Desi 5 years ago

    I've got dimples...YAY!

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    Besawler 5 years ago

    As a female dimples beautify you. It is a priviledge i have two

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    Ashley 5 years ago

    I forget I have dimples until someone says something or I look at a photo. They are pretty deep and cute. Thanks Jesus and mommy.

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    qasiar khan 5 years ago

    i also have dimple.but i don't like them

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    ForkSpoonSpork 5 years ago

    I have dimnples.. Whoo Rahh.. And you losers dont :_

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    Marki 5 years ago

    I have 5 dimples: one on each cheek, one below both of those, and one on the top of my left cheek. I love them and people always say they're sooo cute!! :)

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    Emily 5 years ago

    I LIKE LOVE DIMPLES THEY ARE AWSOME MY FREND LOOKS LIKE A CABICHPACH DOLL WITH DIMPLES! LOL!

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    qwertyuiop 6 years ago

    both my parents have dimples but i don't :( lol x

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    Ruchi 6 years ago

    Wel I do own a dimple on my left cheek.. Which appears when i talk and smile.. And when ever i smile, people around never stops complimanting me.. And now really makes me feel happy and unique.. Thanks to mom dad & almighty for giving me a cute smile :) :)

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    MIke 6 years ago

    I don't know why every one loves dimples their so weird looking and ugly lol i hate them lol almost as much as i hate freckles

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    taliscia 6 years ago

    ii wiish ii have diimples ! { ugh } :/

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    Ari 6 years ago

    I have dimple in my chin and im a girl. Is this a good thing or not because i don't think my parents have the chin dimple. But i do have one dimple on my cheek and i got it from my father so i know how i got this one. And i still lovee my dimpled

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    Punam 6 years ago

    I hv dimple on ma left cheek. . It appears nly when i smile. . But whenever i smile people always used to complimanting me and i feel very happy. . THANX 2 MA PARENTS' 4 such a precious gift

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    Darshano Bates 6 years ago

    I have only one dimple is there all the time even when not smiling and am 60yo... love it as do all my friends

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    danielle 6 years ago

    i have dimples (:

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    Heidi 6 years ago

    I LOVE MY DIMPLES!!! I started with 2 on each corner of my lips.. a few years later I developed 2 more dimples just on top of the first two.. and a few days ago 1 came out from my right cheek...

    meaning that I have 5 dimples!!! woohoo well 7 including the dimples of venus :D...

    I thank my granny for that! (none of my parents nor my sis has them.. only one of my nieces)

    so proud of them!!! They make people look cutier...

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    Andrea A. Lopez 6 years ago

    i have one on my right side of my face and i think it funny

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    Kate 6 years ago

    You can have chin dimples that appear when you smile-- I have two symmetrical small ones there and I love them.

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    Hammy 6 years ago

    I wish i had dimples naturally!!!!!! I would do ANYTHING for them...

    :( :( both of my best friend have them and guess what? MY PARENTS AND MY LITTLE BRO HAS DIMPLES TOO! and ppl always compliment them but i never get complimented for anything... tbh, im jealous its so unfair my family AND my best friends have them...

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    Ellamae 6 years ago

    Dimples are adorable! My daddy gave mine to me and I love them!

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    Neeta singh chauhan 6 years ago

    I'hv dimples on my right cheek. It only appears when I smile. And I luv them, bcoz of these dimples some people says I'hv such a cute smile.Thanks to Mom.

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    Dana 6 years ago

    See i only have one dimple on the right side of my cheek and i never understood why because noone in my family i mean noone has one so it was kinda odd...and its more in the middle of my cheek not kinda over on the side..

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    HM Sheppard 6 years ago

    I'm 46 and still have dimples on both cheeks. I always wondered why people smiled at me more whenever I smiled. That still happens today. I never even noticed them until other people made comments. And since I've lost about 17 pounds my face is thinner and that makes my dimples stand out more. I get them from my dad, who got his from my paternal grandmother. Great article!

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    gilmore 6 years ago

    when i talk and its notice ppl act loike i have gold on my face nd i try nd play it cool like naw...i dent have dimples,then i smile,thanx jesus.

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    Chiara 6 years ago

    hi, I've got 4 dimples. 2 stretches out from the chin when i smile, and the other 2, well they just pop on the above corners of my lips every time i smile. i only get the 2 dimples on the cheek when i press them. I LOVE ME DIMPLES! ;D

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    kri 6 years ago

    hi i got one dimple on my left and right cheeks it looks cute.my fiend loves them that's why i learn to love them too when i was teen age.im so lucky to have it.it appears when i got mad,or smiling and talking.it looks attractive specially to the boys.

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    Gaby 6 years ago

    I have the chin dimples! Definitely not that cute, lol. My mom barely has them. I have only just gotten them, really, and they are very prominent when I smile, or bite my lips. Odd, huh?

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    rajalakshmi 6 years ago

    i love my dimple very much but my parents donot have.

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    Nikki 6 years ago

    Am in Love with my 6 dimples hehehe lol :)

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    Myuriam 6 years ago

    I love my awesome cute dimples!

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    Miki 6 years ago

    Well...I asked both my parents if they or anyone else in the family line had ever had dimples and apparently none of them. And I just noticed I developed a dimple really quick the other day. I had no dimples but now I have one in my right cheek. Which is ironic because Ive been laughing really hard and good these past few weeks.

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    kapria 6 years ago

    i have dimples and all guys think its soo cute when ismile they make me laugh or smile on purpose to see them but not all guys only some like them alot and i have dimples in my chin and shoulders

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    BEAT-L.A. 7 years ago

    i have one on my fore head...its cool...i thought it was my third eye...

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    nicole 7 years ago

    i have dimples but they hide themselves behind the cheeksline whenever i smine.... wish i had them a bit above.. atleast people would notice.. :-(

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    sophie 7 years ago

    I have dimples in my cheeks... but the one in my right cheek is so much deeper than the one in my left!! But they only seem 2 show when I’m smiling or when I’m embarrassed :P I love them... also lads like 2 kiss them :P im not Complaining xx

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    ..... 7 years ago

    I have one on my right cheek i get it only whn i smile or make some special expression. Neither my mum nor dad has one.

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    Ivy 7 years ago

    im proud i have dimples.

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    fary 7 years ago

    i have dimple in right and left of my cheek...i love my dimple

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    sara 7 years ago

    i love my dimple..it keeps getting bigger.

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    ANEESA 7 years ago

    u need to keep up d smile :D

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    Ana Lucia Perez 7 years ago

    I want get a dimple creation surgery

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    sabah 7 years ago

    i hav 4 dimples. two on either side ....

    the left one is quiet deeper looks very cute as my frnds say...lolz

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    ppmm07 7 years ago

    I have one deep dimple on each cheek, so does my sister. I love them! People always notice them when i smile and they compliment me a lot....My question is since my sister and I have dimples, why my parents dont??

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    annieee 7 years ago

    I have dimples, one on each cheek that apear when i talk or smile. i think i would look verry different without them, i lovee having them :P , Luckyy :D

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    zakeria 7 years ago

    i onli have one dimple on 1 side of my cheek but not the other its quite anooying either have 2 or non?

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    lady 7 years ago

    i have dimples below my lip...hahahaha...

    but i wish i had it on my cheeks...

    dimples are cute...

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    cristine 7 years ago

    thaks

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    rinchen  7 years ago

    when my parents do not have dimples, i have the dimples in both cheek. s ohelp me to find the reason

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    Thao 8 years ago

    I have six dimples, three on each side. I think its too much. But its cool as well though. lol. =)

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    thinking out loud 8 years ago

    very good explanation. I've got them my parents didn't nor my brother or sister. I hated them when I weas young, everyone wanted to pinch them. Later when i found that girls loved them i was very proud of mine. Now, they're there, but more subtle and less pronounced. Still get the comments though so i guess they're still noticeable. Thanks

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    Alex 8 years ago

    I have four dimples two on each cheek its kind cool.

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    jessicaaa 8 years ago

    i have dimples well actually only one but it sometimes appears and sometimes it doesn't but i guess its alright it looks cute in pixxs

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    Christine 8 years ago

    I four dimples on one cheek and two on the other. Is this normal?

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    jojo 8 years ago

    i have dimples on both cheeks. but i hate them , dunno y (lolz)

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    gabby 8 years ago

    never really payed much attention to mine until I reached my teenage years and people started to comment on them...... now I love them. I hope my children have them!

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    nicole 8 years ago

    finally, something that makes sense about dimples. :-)

    I do have one question, how have you concluded these great conclusions about dimples? I have done a lot of research on it and your explanation is that the only one that makes sense so, I am just curious how you came to these conclusions. Hope to hear from you...!

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    Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    I don't exactly know either why dimples look cute but they are. I have dimples in my lower back LOL

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    Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    I love dimples! They look really cute on my kids!

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    Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

    Exact answere I was looking for when I requested "What are dimples?" Now I know......Great hub Thanks. G-Ma :o) hugs

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    debby28 9 years ago from WASHINGTON

    My husband had the cutest dimples and my daughter and her son both have them what a wonderful thing for him to leave them you also have a great smile great hub.

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    compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

    I had dimples and now they are gone!! I want my dimples back:D

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    Your Buddy 9 years ago

    Hi

    Smile is cute and beautiful, with dimple more beautiful...

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    ashokreddybtech 9 years ago

    SMILE IMPORTANT FOR HEALTH

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    Keny Luger 9 years ago

    Dimpled smiles make me smile. :)

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    Rhym O'Reison 9 years ago from Crowley, Tx

    Yours are Kathryn. Great smile and great hub.

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