Paying attention to our oral health alongside practicing mindfulness are similar to two sides of the same coin. You invest in one, and you reap the benefits of the other. Everything within our bodies is connected and has a plan and purpose. As you learn and grow, you gain valuable tools in mindful practices that can enhance your dental health and its wellness. Here’s a peek at a few things to consider when embarking on a new plan:
- Dietary habits – “We are what we eat” is an old adage that plays right into the oral health of our bodies. The food and beverages that you consume are grown and designed to help heal and nourish the body. If you opt for processed products, there will be consequences down the road, and your dental health might suffer.
- Movement and activities – Movement is always a personal preference, yet the key is to enjoy what you do on a daily basis. Exercise helps prevent gum disease, there’s a direct correlation between oral health and obesity, and movement helps keep you hydrated. If yoga keeps you centered and peaceful, no doubt your oral health will reap the benefits too. If cardiovascular exercises get your blood pumping and your heart rate revved up, the overall positiveness impacts your dental health as well as your lungs and heart. All movement is a wonderful step towards excellent oral health.
- Healthy connections and relationships – If you succeed at work and in your partnerships, odds are in your favor for establishing good dental health as well. When you’re stressed or under pressure in any relationship arena of your life, your body will absorb the undue stress and inflammation might appear first in your mouth or teeth. Maintaining healthy connections has been proven to alter the entire body, as we are social creatures and created to sustain the challenges of life.
With all of the hype surrounding mindful practices, it is key to choose what feels most comfortable for you and which ones you are most likely to stick with. A good rule of thumb is to try out a few breathing exercises, ask for ideas from those who have practiced themselves, and be prepared to carve out sufficient time each day to adhere to raising the bar on your oral health. Because dental wellness is directly related to overall health, here are a few chosen mindful practices:
- Meditation – Calms the mind and body.
- Journal writing – Releases thoughts and emotions.
- Yoga or Pilates – Strengthens the body and improves flexibility.
- Walking and hiking outdoors – Nature is a balm for every aspect of health.
- Using essential oils – Specific natural oils placed on areas of the body, from the head to your toes, will help relax the nerves and improve healing.
- Self-care such as massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture, reflexology, Reiki – Practices that require a professional appointment with a certified practitioner. These will help heal and engage the body in overall wellness.
Take your time with each of the above. If one doesn’t feel right for your body, try another practice. These techniques serve a purpose and will set your health on the right path. Dr. Rodriguez in Boynton Beach, FL has the wherewithal to assist with merging good oral health with mindful practices that can help. At our Ocean Dental Studio, there is no shortage of cosmetic dentistry and procedures that we can offer and treat. We’ll get your oral health back on track, and we welcome you to call or visit anytime.