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Facts You Might Not Know About the Jaw

Facts You Might Not Know About the Jaw

The human jaw consists of a moveable lower jaw and a fixed upper jaw, both of which hold teeth in place. The jaws move in opposition to each other for the main purposes of biting and chewing foods. Your jaw can have a major impact on your oral health, affecting the alignment of your teeth as well as your ability to eat or speak. This blog contains a few facts you might not know about the jaw.

The Temporomandibular Joints Connect the Lower Jaw to the Skull

The temporomandibular joints are two joints that connect the jawbone to the skull and are the most used joints in the human body. The right and left joints work in unison, allowing complex movements necessary for life including biting and chewing foods. Injuries, inflammation and other conditions can adversely affect the function of these joints which can cause pain, tenderness and difficulty chewing.

Genetics Can Cause Overbites or Underbites

Overbites and underbites are misalignments of the teeth where either the upper or lower teeth jut out prominently. The cause is often hereditary, but it can develop as a result of certain habits over time such as thumb sucking or overcrowded teeth. Severe cases of overbite and underbite require treatment to avoid dental complications such as damage to the teeth and gums.

Teeth Clenching Can Occur During Sleep

People are often surprised to learn that they clench their teeth when they sleep. Just because you’re not aware of it doesn’t mean it can’t or isn’t happening. Persistent clenching during sleep can wear down teeth, increase sensitivity and cause pain in the temporomandibular joint.

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If you want to learn more about the jaw and the role it plays in your dental health, speak to the team at East Bentleigh Dental Group today. Call us on (03) 9575 1100 or complete our simple online enquiry form.

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