You probably wouldn't suspect the connection, but it turns out that your posture affects your dental health. As the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) explains, those who experience frequent headaches and pain in their lower jaw should check their posture and schedule an appointment with their dentist about temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
"Poor posture places the spine in a position that causes stress to the jaw joint," the AGD states. "When people slouch or hunch over, the lower jaw shifts forward, causing the upper and lower teeth to not fit together properly, and the skull moves back on the spinal column."
This type of movement, as a result of poor posture, puts stress on muscles, joints and bones. Furthermore, if it's left untreated, the movement can lead to pain and inflammation in muscles and joints when the mouth opens and closes.
AGD spokesperson Ludwig Leibsohn, DDS, emphasizes the connection between good posture and oral health. She treats patients who are dealing with facial pain and soon learns that many of them also have problems with their teeth.
"Their posture often is unbalanced, and this rearranges the position of the facial muscles, causing the bumps and grooves on the upper and lower teeth not to fit properly together," she says.
There are oral appliances that help align the teeth in a position which will reduce facial pain caused by poor posture. An orthodontist can also help treat misaligned teeth and bites.
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