Posted on 9/25/2018 by Downtown Dental Care Office
When you look for ways to improve your oral health, you often turn to the help of our dental professionals. We have the tools, the products and the experience to help you take care of your mouth, teeth and gums the right way.
It surprises many people when we recommend other ways to improve their health. When we tell them meditation can help improve their oral health, we get questions about how this happens.
The Benefits of Meditation
The body has enormous power to heal itself. There is one thing that everyone faces that can lead to a variety of different health problems and can affect your oral health. That issue is stress. Stress changes the way that your body works. Meditation can help reduce the amount of stress you feel and thus can help improve your oral health.
One way stress affects the mouth is the production of saliva. When you feel stress, the amount of saliva you produce drops. A dry mouth allows bacteria to grow in the mouth. That bacteria can lead to a variety of problems with your teeth and gums including tooth decay and gum disease.
The more you reduce stress in your life, the better you are at doing things. Stress can cause you to ignore your daily routine for your oral health. You may not brush or floss as well as you should, or you may forget to do things. Without the stress, it is easier to keep up your routines.
How to Do It It does not take much meditation to have an impact on your oral health. Setting aside 45 minutes once a week is all you need to get some of the benefits that meditation offers. Some people may do more, but you should try to do at least a little. Make sure you can get 45 minutes of interrupted time in a quiet and peaceful location. Take the time to let yourself go and release the stress in your life.
Our dental professionals know there are many things you can do to improve your oral and your overall health. Meditation is a tool that many people do not know the benefits of. If they did, they would take advantage of what it has to offer them.
For more information about this or any other oral health issues, contact the professionals at our office.