A bad bite is often associated with worsened postural balance
20 January 2020| Last updated on 22 January 2020
Did you know? There is a link between your oral health and body posture.
It's common knowledge that before hiring any sporting professionals, teams, clubs, and organisations will have them undergo a full medical check-up. While things like their physical stamina, strength, and heart health are examined, among other things, there's one area of the body you may not know is considered.
That's your dental health. These "titans" of sport can be the healthiest and most resistant people in the world, but if they have misaligned or missing teeth, their acquirement will be reconsidered.
Why? As ConfiDent Dubai Palm explains, it is proven by medical science that a proper dental bite, named occlusion is mandatory for both static and dynamic body balance on the field for sports like soccer, rugby, tennis, and others.
To help us understand this, here's a brief explanation of the complex, vital machine we call the 'human body'...
Our brain is connected to all parts of our body - from our heart to our vascular system, from our bones through to our muscles. But what many fail to realise is that the way we bite is directly related to our body posture and vice versa. As a result, our body's posture and physique directly project on our occlusion.
What teeth conditions can affect our posture?
There are several oral health issues that can directly impact the way we sit and stand, these include, but are not limited to:
- Misaligned teeth
- Missing teeth
- Insufficient dental fillings or other restorations
- Teeth high contacts
- Protruded/retruded mandible i.e. the position of your mandible according to your skull
All factors listed may lead to a severe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which influences your body posture.
For instance, multiple missing teeth can cause TMJ and sleep apnea. The patient who suffers from sleep apnea will try to bring their head forward during their sleep to help open their airways, which causes compression on the cervical vertebrae, ultimately causing back and neck pain.
Unilateral missing teeth - only from one side of the oral cavity - causes a patient to adapt to a new bite, causing a tilted head, overworked facial muscles, and TMJ on the side of the present teeth.
Furthermore, crowded teeth can cause bruxism (grinding/clenching of the teeth and jaw). This clenching movement reflects on the TMJ, which is the joint that connects the mandible to the skull.
What human body conditions can affect the bite?
On the other hand, issues within your body can impact your oral health, including but not limited to:
- Spinal issues like scoliosis and lordosis
- Having one leg shorter than the other
- Congenital 'carcass' malformation of bones and muscles
- Medical issues like rheumatoid arthritis
How do I know if my bite needs adjustment?
Your bathroom mirror may give you a quick and reasonable answer. Check if your teeth/jaw are misaligned, or if you have any teeth missing. Check for signs of facial asymmetry associated with body asymmetry. Alternatively, if you wake up and your face or neck is fatigued, or you suffer from sleep apnea - both are good reasons to see a dentist.
Don't just visit your regular dentist, either, since a specialist in this area of expertise can help you to detect any of the above-mentioned issues and advise best on how you can fix them.