There are a lot of different things you can use meditation for, but you probably never thought about using it as a way of improving or maintaining your oral health.
However, meditation can help you do just that in a couple of different ways. If you're ever feeling really stressed out and aren't sure how to handle it, meditation may be just the thing.
It Helps Prevent Bruxism
Bruxism or grinding your teeth can be one outward sign of stress. This grinding will wear your teeth down, and it can even cause them to crack if you really clench your jaw. Since this often happens while you sleep, it's not always easy to force yourself to relax. By meditating, you can examine the things that are stressing you out, accept them, and let them go. It's certainly not always an easy journey, but it can be done. Sometimes, just taking a few minutes to sit in silence and calm your mind can be enough.
It Helps You Control Cravings
Some people stress eat, but they rarely stress eat carrots and other healthy foods. Instead, they go straight to the candy and ice cream. Meditation can take the place of stress eating, giving you an outlet for your emotions without introducing all of those sugary snacks to your healthy teeth. This can also help you maintain a healthy weight.
You Can Meditate Anywhere
Meditation has an advantage over several other types of stress management because you can do it anywhere. All you need is a place where you can close your eyes and focus on your breathing. You can meditate in your car, in the bathroom, at your desk, or anywhere else. It's often very easy to take a few minutes for a short, calming meditation several times throughout the day.
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