Teeth Healing Yoga Hacks
I've been practicing yoga for about 30 years, and almost daily for the last dozen. These days I usually just follow an online class, but whatever kind of yoga I'm doing, I turn it into teeth healing practice with a few simple 'hacks'.
One of my favorite teeth healing yoga hacks is for any inversion pose where my face is pointing towards the floor (eg forward fold, downward dog, or child pose). I consciously relax my jaw and face and let my lips fall down into a duck face.
Here's what to do: Breathing deeply and steadily pay attention to all the muscles around your mouth, jaw and eyes and deliberately release your normal facial expression and let the muscles of your face give way to gravity. For extra fun, you can try blowing our your breath in a horsey huff to loosen up your lips some more, or gently shake your head side to side and letting your loose cheeks and lips sway with the motion.
This hack is good for your teeth and gums because relaxing those muscles allows blood to flow more freely, carrying nutrients and oxygen to the teeth and gums. It also helps make sure that you am not clenching your teeth, which puts pressure on the enamel.
Most people are so used to carrying tension in their jaw that they aren't even aware of it. It might take several sessions of practice before you can really feel what its like to have your jaw completely relaxed. Doing this hack regularly will make it easier to notice when your jaw is tense, so you can mindfully relax it, throughout your day.