When you talk about oral health, you often picture brushing, flossing and mouthwash. Though there is one other aspect that is intertwined with our biting patterns. Do you know that our bite influences posture? It is the contact between the lower and upper teeth when the mouth is closed. Because your bite determines the position of your jaw, it also affects the function of your head on your spine. If your teeth are imperfectly aligned, your jaw has to adjust to bring them together. This can strain and shorten your jaw muscles, pull your head to one side, and cause a chain reaction of compensatory problems as far-reaching as the muscles in your pelvis and feet.
"Poor Posture can also rearrange the position of your facial muscles and can shift your bite and damage your teeth. Some tactics can help realign your bite and protect your teeth from further damage, but a better solution may be to practice good posture. Poor posture is neglected most of the times; however, in the longer run, it leads to muscle spasms, injuries and chronic inflammation," says Dr Rinku Jain, BioM Dentist, Sparsh Clinic.
Leading causes of change in the bite(malocclusion) are as follows:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Advanced gum disease leading to teeth movements (due to poor oral hygiene)
- Bruxism or misaligned teeth
- Grinding of teeth during sleep
- Faulty dental restorations
- Thumb sucking and tongue thrust in kids
- Tongue-tie, mouth breathing, high frenum attachments
Symptoms and signs connected with a change in bite patterns are:
- Neck aches, headaches and back pain
- Pain in the jaw joint(TMJ)
- Body ache
- Muscle fatigue
- Cracking sound in the TMJ while closing or opening the mouth
- Sensitivity in teeth
- Tingling and numbness in the fingers
- Cracks in teeth
- Change in posture.
Dr Rinku Jain, BioM Dentist, Sparsh Clinic states that "when the bite alignment is involved, You must visit a dentist to correct the problems so that the muscles of the neck and the face, the TMJ, nerves and ligaments all work in congenially without any strain and tension."
- Rectification of the bite depends on the cause and the extent of impairment already done. So if you face any of the problems mentioned, consult with your dentist, to see the involvement of your bite and get it corrected. Most dentists would suggest that you get an advanced digital occlusal analysis(T-scan) so that the bite can be balanced, to make sure that the muscles, jaw joint, and nerves are all relaxed.
- You can spot that the circled area shows that the tooth has moved from its original position into the gap where the tooth has been extracted. This leads to a change in other bite problems and your body posture. Once this is bite aligned and corrected with T-scan, the stance is involuntarily corrected along with other symptoms of teeth sensitivity and headaches. You can observe the forward head position and slouched back.
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