You may feel skeptic about the idea that yoga has anything to do with your oral health, but once you realize just how interconnected each part of your body is, it won’t be so difficult to wrap your head around this idea. Oral diseases such as gingivitis have been linked to other health problems such as heart disease. Certain conditions in the body have worrying side effects in other parts of the body, and if ignored, this can further result in a never-ending cycle of serious dental and general health issues. Fortunately, we can combat many dental and other health issues in natural ways and practicing yoga is precisely one of them.
Better productivity, better memory and brain function, healthier mood, stronger core muscles, improved breathing, less stress, better confidence, and more energy are just some of the benefits of good posture. Good posture also has a positive effect on the health of our teeth and gums, and several studies have shown that posture is vital for our oral health. Namely, poor posture affects the entire body, starting from the spine and neck and going all the way to the mouth. The moment you slouch or hunch over, the lower jaw shifts forward causing the upper and lower teeth to become misaligned. Moving back, the skull compresses the spine, putting stress on the surrounding muscles, joints, and bones. Consequently, you’ll feel pain every time when you open and close your mouth, because muscles and joints will become inflamed. Chronic headaches, pain or a clicking sound when opening the jaw, tenderness of the jaw and face, and a change in jaw alignment are just some of the side effects that can further jeopardize your health. Therefore, start working on improving your posture by practising yoga, take the strain off the jaw and prevent a myriad of other health issues.
Stress has become a part of everyone’s lives and if you don’t try to keep it at bay, your body and health will suffer. Yoga is a therapeutic practice that will help you reduce stress, but also improve your mental wellbeing, the health of our muscles, joints, and organs. With the help of yoga, you’ll clear your thoughts and focus on breathing techniques which will provide you with an array of therapeutic benefits. Furthermore, studies have shown that people who are under a lot of stress are less likely to properly take care of their teeth and gums. The body becomes worn down after you’ve been under a lot of stress, which in return makes you feel too tired or uninspired to take care of your well-being. When stressed out, you’ll be more likely to grind your teeth which can cause the front teeth to become worn down. Micro-cracks and broken fillings caused by the grinds will eventually lead to nerve damage, sensitivity to heat and cold, gum recession, loose teeth and gum pockets. Should you notice any of the symptoms, make sure you pay a visit to your local dentist and prevent any further damages. Headache and aching jaws will also be some of the side effects, so it’s vital that you keep your stress levels at bay, and what better way to alleviate stress than to practice yoga. and protect the teeth and gums.
Stimulates Saliva Production
Saliva is filled with antibacterial enzymes that break down food and make it easier to swallow, which makes it a key ingredient for washing away bacteria and food particles from your mouth. If the production of saliva is slowed down for any reason, bacteria start to build up and cause mayhem in the mouth. That is precisely how we end up with that unpleasant “morning breath”. A dry mouth is the best possible environment for bacteria to thrive, and if that condition grows into a chronic dry mouth, plaque build-up, tooth decay, and gum disease will soon become your next problem. That’s why practicing yoga should be your life-saver, as it will teach you how to breathe properly which will prevent your mouth and throat from drying out. Yoga poses such as forward bends, twists, and inverted poses are some of the best ones to increase saliva production. Using yoga to stimulate saliva production will help your body reduce the growth of bacteria in the mouth which could otherwise spread through your bloodstream and go to your digestive system.
Yoga can have various benefits for your body allowing you to improve your mental, emotional and physical health altogether. It’s also highly beneficial for dental health because it helps reducing stress, improving posture, and stimulating saliva production, which in return prevent a number of dental health issues. Therefore, make sure you start practicing yoga, but don’t forget about good oral hygiene practices either, and include teeth brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings by your professional dental hygienist. This way your teeth and gums will always be healthy preventing any other serious health issues to arise.