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Yoga and the Teeth

Compiled by: Trisha Lamb Last Revised: April 27, 2006

International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) 2005

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The contents of this bibliography do not provide medical advice and should not be so interpreted. Before beginning any exercise program, see your physician for clearance.

Bourdouxhe, J. [The practice of yoga in the prevention and treatment of occupational diseases of the dental practitioners]. J Rev Belg Med Dent, 1969, 24:23-48. [In French.] Chang, Stephen T., with Richard Miller. Teeth and gums. In Dr. Stephen T. Chang with Richard Miller, The Book of Internal Exercises. San Francisco: Strawberry Hill Press, 1978, p. 135. Cote, Scott. Tongue cleaning helps prevent bad breath. Spectrum: The Journal of the British Wheel of Yoga, Summer 1998, p. 8. DeMonte, Linda. Open wide and say om. Yoga Journal, Dec 2002, p. 23. On Barbara Rose Cirincione and her utilization of Yoga techniques in her pediatric dental hygiene practice. Garde, R. K. Pyorrhea. In R. K. Garde, Principles and Practice of Yoga-Therapy. Bombay, India: D. B. Taraporevala Sons & Co., 1972, 1984, pp. 77-78. Makawana, Jaysukh. [Tooth extraction using jalandhara-bandha instead of anesthesia.] Divine Dental Health Center, 7-B K House, Nr. Amrapali, Raiya Road, Rajkot 360001, Tel.: 91-281-2458845; Cell: 9824225358; email: Dr. Makawana states that he has extracted more than 35,000 teeth using this method, with a maximum of 21 teeth at one time from one person. He estimates that 60% of dental patients are good candidates for this method. He says that jalandhara-bandha controls prana and vata, and that controls the pain. Morse, Donald R. An exploratory study of the use of meditation alone and in combination with hypnosis in clinical dentistry. Journal of the American Society of Psychosomatic Dentistry and Medicine, 1977, 24:113-120. The study showed that Transcendental Meditation by itself is effective to help control fear, reduce tension, decrease pain, and diminish salivation. It is more effective when combined with hypnosis. Morse, D. R. Meditation in dentistry. General Dentistry, Sep-Oct 1976, 24(5):57-59. The use of Transcendental Meditation (TM) with hypnosis for patients, the use of TM by dentists, and a physiological study of TM and hypnosis. Ranade, Subhash, and Sunanda Ranade. Dental problems. In Subhash Ranade and Sunanda Ranade, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy. Pune, India: Anmol Prakashan, 1995, pp. 43-46.

Ravishankar, N. S. Toothache. In N. S. Ravishankar, Yoga for Health: Curative Powers of Yogasanas. New Delhi: Pustak Mahal, 2001, p. 167. Seiler, G., and V. Seiler. The effects of Transcendental Meditation on periodontal tissue. Journal American Soc. Psychosomatic Dent. Med., 1979, 26(1):8-12. Shivananda Saraswati, Srimat Swami. Pyorrhoea (danta beshta rog); Tooth troubles (danta-rog). In Srimat Swami Shivananda Saraswati, Yogic Therapy or Yogic Way to Cure Diseases. 7th ed. Umachal Series No. 10. Guwahati, Assam/Calcutta, India: Umachal Prakashani, 1994, pp. 296-300; 324-327. Yogendra, Shri. Yoga hygiene: Care of the teeth, mouth, tongue, ear and air sinuses. Yoga & Health, Feb 1997, pp. 24-28.

Of Related Interest
Cooper, R. A. Tension free dentistry with tension free patients. Journal of the American Institute of Hypnosis, 1975, 16(5):227-229, 249. (Suggests use of a relaxation