Good posture is essential for overall health, but can also play a role in your oral health, and if you experience lower jaw pain or have a constant headache, it could have something to do with your posture.
According to America’s Dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman, poor posture could be to blame for TMD. Your temporomandibular joint, which is what connects your upper and lower jaw, could be affected if you slouch when you sit.
When you practice good posture, you are putting your spine in the right position. If you slouch or hunch over you will be putting stress on your jaw joints. Because your lower jaw tends to shift forward when slouching or hunching your bite will be affected. This type of movement will put stress on your bones, joints, and muscles, and if left untreated, could cause inflammation and pain in your temporomandibular joints when you open and close your mouth.
Good posture is imperative, however, many people don’t understand how slouching and hunching can affect oral health.
The Problem with Poor Posture
Dr. Dorfman explains that patients who complain of facial pain often have unbalanced posture. People who hunch or slouch are rearranging the facial muscle position because of the way they walk, stand, and sit. This will cause grooves and bumps on the teeth.
If you practice poor posture, you are also more susceptible to gum recession. If your bite is off and your teeth are over crowded, your gums could pay the price.
Good posture is essential for overall health including your teeth and gums. Paying close attention to how you sit, stand, and walk could be beneficial to your oral health.
If you would like more information regarding good posture and your teeth and gums, call or click and schedule an appointment with Century City Dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman. Dr. Dorfman may recommend oral appliance therapy for TMD or a bad bite. He may also recommend some relaxation techniques to help with your poor posture
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