There is no doubt that practicing yoga delivers numerous health benefits to its practitioners. Some of those benefits are obvious; yoga helps to tone and shape our muscles and improve our posture. Yoga has been used for centuries and people today are becoming more aware of all the benefits that yoga provides.
There are many varieties of yoga. However, all practices of yoga do have something in common. The practice of yoga focuses on using correct posture and breathing techniques. These aspects encourage practitioners to be mindful of their bodies, their breath and their stress levels. The more you practice yoga, the more mindful you become of the healthy benefits of a yoga.
It is interesting to note that yoga also has a positive impact on dental health as well. Dental health is probably not the first benefit that comes to mind when thinking of yoga, but If you are looking for additional yoga benefits or maybe just some other ways you can help your dental health, you should definitely take a deeper look at practicing yoga. Here are some benefits:
Ways that yoga helps your dental health
1. Yoga relieves stress.
Yoga has been proven to reduce and relieve stress. This is important because we are naturally bombarded with stress on a daily basis.
When a person carries stress, they don’t think it has an effect on their mouth. However, it is very easy to grind our teeth without realizing that we are doing it. Grinding your teeth puts such a huge stress on not just your tooth but overall mouth. This pressure caused by stress leads to numerous dental issues that can cause the enamel to wear down, it can cause micro cracks in our teeth which will eventually lead to bigger problems, it can cause gum recession, loose teeth, and even cause your jaw to ache.
These dental issues will slowly contribute to even bigger problems over time. Continued issues lead to tooth sensitivity sometimes needing a root canal which are oftentimes painful.
Practicing yoga may help reduce this stress and help us to relax our facial muscles.
2. Yoga encourages healthy saliva production.
Yoga practice involves correct breathing techniques as body positions are held. When correct breathing techniques are used, it helps your saliva production.
Saliva is a crucial aspect of good dental health. Yoga helps stimulate saliva when certain poses are held. Our mouths rely on saliva to help rinse prep and start the digestion of food. Saliva has antibacterial benefits as well.
A dry mouth can be caused by poor saliva production. it can lead to a dry mouth. Not just due to dehydration, a dry mouth may lead to other dental issues. It’s known to be linked to problems such as plaque buildup, tooth decay and gum disease.
3. Yoga encourages healthy posture.
Yoga stresses the importance of maintaining a good posture. Proper posture and breathing techniques are the basis of any yoga pose. The main goal of most yoga practitioners is striving to improve their body posture.
Good posture is an important aspect of good dental care. It may not seem like poor posture affects dental health, but it does. Our spine is crucial for keeping our bodies in correct alignment. When we slouch, it starts to throw other parts of our bodies out of alignment. You may not even realize when your spine slouches, but your neck and eventually jaw may start to slouch too. When this happens, you may find that eventually pain will lead to your upper and lower jaws getting misaligned and your teeth will not matching up in correct position.
This imbalance can lead to further complications like TMJ and possibly cracked teeth.
Other dental benefits of practicing yoga
Practicing yoga has been shown to help reduce inflammation. This is important for dental health because our gums are a prime spot for inflammation. It may even lead to bigger problems that will necessitate a trip to see a periodontist.
Additionally, yoga is a proven technique for managing pain. If you suffer from TMJ or any other type of chronic pain, you are probably grinding your teeth. You may not even realize that you do this but consider practicing yoga to help you manage your pain. You won’t be relaxing just the body, but the mouth too.
What yoga practices can be done to help your dental health?
There are several yoga moves that you can do at home that can be helpful. Yoga does not require a lot of equipment and can be done in any space. For dental health you should consider trying some forward folds, inverted poses, as well as some twists, like the ones shown here.
Dental care is crucial to your overall well-being and good health. It is important to see your dentist regularly to maintain good oral hygiene. This is achieved by following a regime of brushing correctly, flossing daily and using mouthwash. A good dental plan also takes the type of food you eat into account. Having sweet or sticky food and candy too often will cause your teeth to need frequent cleaning.
Consider also adding yoga to your dental health routine and care. Practicing yoga will help you in many ways, the main being encourage you to maintain good posture. This will have a positive impact on how you stand tall with your neck and head, which ultimately impacts how you hold your mouth. It is important that your upper and lower jaw are aligned correctly in order to work together effectively when speaking or chewing. Visit a dentist like SynergyOMS regularly to check for other dental health issues and keep your oral hygiene optimal.
Practicing yoga will also encourage proper breathing. This proper breathing will be beneficial for saliva production. Saliva is the first part of digestion and is needed to break down food in our mouths. In addition, saliva contains antimicrobial enzymes which help keep our mouths clean. Having a properly hydrated mouth also helps reduce plaque buildup, tooth decay and gum disease. Yoga is a proven stress reliever as well, since a person tends to clench their jaw and grind their teeth when under pressure. This will wear down one’s teeth, sometimes leading to teeth cracks and enamel reduction.
Spending just a few minutes a day practicing yoga
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Paul Harrison, Editor, THE DAILY MEDITATION.