When we speak of good posture, most people would probably think of arching our back a bit to straighten the spine. While this is true, there is so much more to having a good posture than arching our back. Did you know that your teeth can influence your posture? It is true, your bite has an effect on your posture and your posture affects your health as well. Having poor posture can place unnecessary and unhealthy wear and tear on your joints. Aside from this, it can also cause your muscles to suffer. And when your muscles suffer, so do you. Imagine your posture as a vehicle with complete parts. Repositioning any part of the vehicle will surely affect all other parts of it. That is why maintaining the proper balance of the whole structure only means that all parts have to shift.

Your bite and your posture, are they connected?

Your bite and your posture are closely related with each other. Each one affects the other, including muscles in the pelvis, back, beck and legs. Did you know that our body’s high center of gravity is on the very small base? Furthermore, it becomes more complicated by the fact that humans carry such veritable bowling ball, which is our head, on top of our shoulders.

Know Your Postural Chain

Did you know that whenever any part of a human body is misaligned with other parts, the tendency is that there comes a similar chain reaction? Imagine your body as a postural chain having our feet at one end. You might suppose to think that the other end is the head, right? That’s actually true but specifically, it’s our teeth. When the lower and upper teeth are closed together, each tooth creates a skeletal relationship on the other opposing tooth. The bite will determine the jaw position and in turn, the head of your spine’s position.

Consequences of having improperly aligned posture

Our tooth is part of the body’s skeletal system. When it is improperly aligned, our postural chain will be affected. This can be damaging as an injury over time once our posture has been neglected and might result in following consequences: ▪ Jaw pain, head, neck, back and shoulder pain ▪ Tingling or numbing sensation in one hand ▪ Difficulty cleaning the ears ▪ Uneven wearing of heels ▪ Higher one shoulder than the other

How to have a correct dental posture

Most problems related to posture are often treated in the form of a physical therapy. Some of the treatment includes stretching the affected muscles and teaching to move the body in minimizing the stress placed on different joints and muscles. You should also remember that correcting posture isn’t as simple as learning how to stand straight. Rather it requires a long-term treatment and involves professional guidance. Your dentist will help you correct your bite involving a postural problem. And because of the postural position of our head, shoulders and neck are closely related to our bite, dental therapy is also needed aside from the physical therapy when it comes to correcting your bite. By doing so, it will frequently relieve all unrelated symptoms like the neck, back, and head pain.