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By Dr. Charles Bohle
March 12, 2015
Category: Oral Health

The following is an article written by Karleia Steiner on the webpage yoganonymous.com.   Click here to see the original article.

3 Ways Yoga Improves Dental Health

 

 

Most people already know that yoga is great for improving flexibility and balance. What many people do not know that they can improve their dental health just by practicing yoga.

3 Ways Yoga Improves Dental Health

Stress Relief

A stressful lifestyle may not only lead to depression, high blood pressure and anxiety, but it can also cause dental problems. Studies have shown that people who are stressed are more likely to neglect their dental care. Stressed-out people also have a tendency to grind their teeth. This can wear down the teeth.

Stress can also cause a condition called dry mouth. Dry mouth occurs when there is not enough saliva produced in the mouth. Adequate saliva flow helps keep the mouth clean. Therefore, dry mouth can potentially lead to tooth decay.

Fortunately, yoga is effective for alleviating stress. It helps alleviate stress by calming the mind and promoting relaxation.

Improves Posture

Poor posture can affect just about every part of your body, including your mouth. When one's posture is poor, it can cause the lower jaw to move forward. It can even affect the alignment of the teeth and result in a condition called TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder can result in dental problems, such as teeth grinding. It can also cause a person to have difficulty chewing and swallowing. Additionally, TMJ disorder can cause pain in the face and jaw.

Yoga can help improve posture. This can help take the strain off of the jaw and prevent TMJ disorder. A professional at Forest Lawn Dental Centre or other quality dental clinic may recommend that you perform yoga on a regular basis.

Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is the way that the body naturally responds to a harmful stimulus. However, chronic inflammation can result in serious health problems. Bacteria in the mouth can cause gum inflammation. Chronic stress can worsen this gum inflammation. Yoga can help reduce inflammation. Researchers believe that yoga helps reduce inflammation in the body by alleviating stress.

A healthier mouth typically is not the first thing that comes to people's minds when they think about the benefits of doing yoga. However, yoga is very effective for alleviating stress, which can cause dental problems. It can also help prevent TMJ disorder by improving posture. Furthermore, yoga can help reduce inflammation, which is another problem that can affect oral health.
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