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Have You Discussed Your Posture with Dr. Oldham?

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We have all been warned about good posture by our mothers and school teachers, but who knew that posture could actually impact our oral health?

Besides making you look a little shorter, your poor posture might also be responsible for your jaw pain and chronic headaches. Frequent discomfort in the head and jaw are common symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and may require the expertise of a dentist for correction.

Your posture influences the alignment of your spine, and the wrong position can lead to some particularly uncomfortable TMD problems. When you hunch your shoulders or slouch down, the lower jaw is shifted into a forward position, changing the way that your teeth come together. This unhealthy position also changes the alignment between your skull and your spinal column.

This generalized poor alignment creates excessive stress on the bones, muscles, and joints of the head and jaw, triggering chronic inflammation and pain, especially when you attempt to open and close your mouth.

Facial pain and TMD can be easily connected, but identifying the source of the pain can open the door that leads you to the appropriate treatment. Learning to balance your posture and improving the relationship between the top and bottom teeth can eliminate the conditions that have led to your facial pain.

Your dentist may prescribe a professional bite guard appliance (also known as an occlusal guard) to relieve your TMD pain. This can be accomplished because the guard aligns the teeth in such a way that the muscles and joints are relaxed and stress-free. As the stress and inflammation are reduced, your level of discomfort will be reduced as well.

For more answers to your questions about resolving the frequent headaches and jaw pain that have been caused by poor posture, contact a dentist in Smithfield today.

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