Does Yoga Has an Impact on your Oral Health?

Is your oral health limited to Brushing & Flossing? What if I told you that there is more than just brushing and flossing? Do you understand how interconnected each part of our body is? If you are aware of the fact, then it will not be difficult to understand that yoga has an integral part to play. Some of you might laugh at this, but if you know how interconnected each body part is, and then it will not be hard to follow the logic. The benefits of yoga are further than just improving flexibility and improving one’s mental health — regular yoga can also benefit dental health.

Yoga is a Stress Buster

Do we need to prove it? Impact of Stress on Oral Health that can be solved by Practicing Yoga

Here are some dental issues that can be prevented by practicing yoga regularly

  • Mouth sores: canker sores or cold sores are other examples: the Major cause is emotional stress.

  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or teeth grinding: stress causes constant thinking and worrying, which affect your body when you are sleeping and cause you to grind your teeth. Clenching and grinding of the teeth cause them to crack, chip and wear down over time.

  • Poor oral hygiene: Stress is caused by too much working, and you might not find enough time to brush or floss your teeth regularly.

  • Poor diet: as a result of stress, once cannot be eating healthy causing lack of vitamins and nutrients in your diet. In other cases, stress leads to emotional eating; this periodically consists of sugary or unhealthy snacks. This kind of food items encourages the growth of oral bacteria and creates the perfect condition for the development of cavities.

  • Gum disease or motivating of existing gum disease: stress affects your immune system and can cause massive damage to your gums.

  • Dry mouth: Stress is the primary reason for dry mouth. Saliva has many oral benefits, lack of saliva in your mouth can cause major oral issues, and it has been proven that how yoga helps our glands to produce saliva. Saliva rinses the mouth, removing the left of food particles and chronic. Saliva also contains antibacterial enzymes which aid in breaking the food particles into smaller once and make it easier to swallow. When saliva production slows down, and the mouth is allowed to go dry, bacteria flourish. The chronic dry mouth can lead to problems such as a buildup of plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease. These are among the few reasons for saliva to keep flowing.

  • Stress increases inflammation in your body. The presence of bacteria in the mouth leads to gum inflammation. Chronic stress can worsen the swelling and increase the gum disease.


The studies have proved the Yoga is a fantastic way to combat stress. It has an amazing impact on sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. By regularly practicing yoga for dental health, you can prevent teeth grinding, emotional eating to a minimum, produce the required amount of saliva and ward off inflammation.


Yoga for dental health is useful in the prevention of dental diseases and maintenance of oral hygiene and healthy gingiva by improving the lifestyle, reducing the stresses and reducing the gingival inflammation.


Dr Andaleeb Zaidi

Ankura Dental Best Dental Clinic in Hyderabad