Yoga: A Key to Gum Disease Prevention?

Yoga is an ancient spiritual and athletic practice that promotes flexibility in both body and mind. Research into yoga’s health benefits has revealed a number of surprising findings, ranging from mood support to increasing metabolism. What many people don’t know is that yoga may also promote oral health, leading to decreased incidence of gum disease, tooth decay, and various other disorders. While yoga and oral health are only correlated in some research, studies indicate that yoga practice may be beneficial for protecting the mouth while keeping the entire body in check.


Here are just some of the reasons why yoga and oral health go hand in hand:


  • Immune System Health. Exercise in general promotes the health of the immune system, the part of our body that protects against foreign invaders and viral bacteria. It turns out that yoga, regardless of the type of practice, may boost the immune system significantly, even hours after one session. Our immune system is responsible for protecting the mouth against bacteria that causes gum disease, not to mention a host of other disorders. It also plays a role in the inflammatory response, an aspect that can come in handy when fighting off inflammatory compounds associated with gingivitis and periodontitis.
  • Lowers Stress. Slow forms of yoga may be helpful for decrease mental and physical stress, research finds. By lowering stress, the immune system has time to rebuild and strengthen itself. Research shows that stress may be a potent enemy for the immune system, making stress management an important aspect of maintaining overall health. 
  • Promotes Healthier Eating Habits. Yoga is a practice that promotes a fit and healthy mind and body. This may promote healthier eating habits as the practitioner may wish to reinforce a psychological state of wellbeing. A healthy diet devoid of sugar and high in whole, unprocessed foods may be helpful for decreasing gum disease and tooth decay risk.


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