It is my belief that the health of our mouths and the health of our entire beings go hand in hand. I recommend developing knowledge of health issues through self-education and allowing ourselves time for adequate exercise and rest.
Learning breathing exercises and routines with physical movements such as yoga can be very beneficial. I consider yoga to be a moving meditation which connects our physical bodies to the universe and regular practice helps us to release stress..
Wise food and nutritional choices also lead toward wellness and healing. Choose as much as possible assorted, fresh, raw, colourful vegetables and fruits. Whole seeds, nuts and grains are also excellent complementary extras which feed our bodies adequate vitamins and minerals.
A fitness routine two to three times a week will be most beneficial to keep our bodies and minds toned and alert.
The mouth is a window into the lifestyle and health of an individual. Devoting time to the beneficial daily habit of correct flossing and brushing twice a day is a form of exercise for the mouth. We have the ability to reverse early decay and control gum disease. Surgical solutions may sometimes be necessary; however daily strategies which aim for long-term vitality are added value.
The 2009 New Zealand Oral Health Survey collected information on the oral health status of NZ adults and children. Research evidence suggests that soft drink consumption has doubled from 2000 to 2006 and that “New Zealanders consume more sugar per year than Australians, the British and Americans (Beaglehole et al 2009).” High sugar consumption is known to be a key risk factor for dental decay and type 2 diabetes. Tobacco is another key risk factor for oral disease, cancer and pre-cancers, poor wound healing and gum disease.
Best wishes toward choosing wise lifestyle habits which lead toward wellness and healing.