Yoga for Dry Mouth

Yoga for Dry Mouth
*PLEASE NOTE* - You should consult your medical doctor before beginning any course of exercise. The information below is not a
substitute for advice from a medical professional. Please use proper discretion if you choose to undertake these exercises and
What causes dry mouth and what are its effects on
Dry mouth (xerostomia) is a condition that arises from a
reduction of saliva production. While not a disease, but
it may be a symptom of various medical conditions.
People who receive radiation therapy often experience
dry mouth. Xerostomia is also common among older
adults. Approximately 20% of seniors experience dry
mouth. Aside from general discomfort, chronic dry
mouth can cause increased plaque, tooth decay, and
gum disease.
How does yoga help ease dry mouth?
By training the body to breathe in and out through the
nose, the drying effects of breathing in and out of the
mouth are limited. Specific yoga postures such as
forward bends, twists, and inversions stimulate the
salivary glands to increase saliva production.
What poses should we avoid when we are challenged
with dry mouth?
• Breathing in and out through the mouth
• Any pose that causes the head to tilt back (i.e., most
• Any poses that cause overheating
• Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and
after your practice
Sample Postures (pictures found on
Forward Fold
Sage’s Pose
Ujjayi Breathing
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