Namast’ay Grinning, Thanks to the Benefits of Yoga
Despite all the downward dogs, the yoga trend is up. 36 million Americans regularly roll out their mats to reap the benefits of this popular practice.
From flexibility and focus to strength and stress relief, yoga’s perks are endless. Among the lengthy list are some lesser-known oral health advantages.
Yoga eases inflammation.
When you’re stressed, your body produces more of the hormone cortisol. Mouth bacteria can cause gum inflammation, but chronic stress can worsen this swelling. This harmful compound also increases your risk for gum disease. Because yoga is a proven stress reliever, researchers believe this reduces inflammation in the body —including in your teeth and gums.
Yoga reduces jaw pain.
Poor posture is one of the main perpetrators of muscle pain. And slouching causes our heads to fall forward and out of line with our spine. This triggers discomfort in your jaw, and can affect your bite overtime. Jaw pain has been linked to TMJ or temporomandibular disorder, an issue that impacts your ability to eat, talk and sleep. Yoga poses perfect posture, thus taking strain off of your jaw.
Yoga stimulates saliva.
Yoga poses that incorporate proper breathing techniques can stimulate saliva, according to a 2013 study. Saliva is important because it washes away bad bacteria you accumulate in your mouth. Saliva production fights foul breath and decreases your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
If you’re having oral health issues, talk to your dentist and see if yoga can ease your pain. Who knows? Those Lululemon leggings may actually make an appearance in an actual yoga studio!