Did you know that there’s a link between poor posture and dental health? If you’re surprised by this revelation, you’re not alone. You might already have known that bad posture can contribute to a variety of issues including neck pain, back pain, headaches and muscle fatigue. But what’s not as well known is that poor posture caused by slouching and other bad habits can also negatively impact your jaw as well as other aspects of dental health.
This blog post contains more details about the link between poor posture and dental health, including some basic tips to improve your posture.
When you think about it, it makes sense that poor posture can negatively affect your dental health. The upper and lower jawbones contain the teeth and are crucial for complex oral movements and functions. The jaw is connected to the skull and surrounding nerves, muscles, ligaments and bones, including the spine. These are all interconnected parts of a complex system that work together.
When you have bad posture, corresponding changes can occur with your jaw. For example, slouching has been proven to push the lower jaw forward which can make your bite misaligned. The jaw tries to compensate which can cause TMJ disorders, orthodontic issues and other forms of damage. Simply being conscious of your posture and doing regular core exercises can gradually correct posture and bring your jaw back into symmetry.
If you want to learn more about the link between poor posture and oral health, contact the team at East Bentleigh Dental Group to book an appointment. We can answer your queries and offer helpful advice on steps you can take to improve your dental health.