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A misaligned jaw can affect your entire body or a specific part of it. The slightest imbalance in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea, premature wearing of your teeth, poor posture, decreased strength and flexibility, compromised airways, muscles tenderness and many, many more symptoms.
Finding the best position for your jaw is essential to the rest of your body working the way it should. It all starts with a good bite and it’s all part of what Millennium Dental calls the Neuromuscular Sextad.
We’ll explain . . .
An unbalanced jaw joint (Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ) influences your spine, your bite, your airway, your muscles and your nerves. The basic principles of neuromuscular dentistry tell us that a “good” bite is achieved when the muscles of the face, jaw and neck are allowed to be at their most efficient state, which is a restful state.
When that happens, there will be an immediate improvement in your posture, your airway, your resting muscle activity, and your range of motion, balance, flexibility and strength. You can exert more power, improve your stamina, concentrate better and and be more mentally aware. Overall, you will feel healthier, more exuberant and alive.
Without a balanced bite, the negative effects ripple down your entire body
Your tongue is attached to your lower jaw and when your bite is misaligned your tongue acts as a pillow. It cushions the jaw, helping it to relax. An imbalanced bite affects the size of your mouth, no longer accommodating your tongue. Your tongue can’t sit where it should. If your tongue rests too far back in your mouth, it will block air from getting to your lungs.
The Bite / Teeth
A misaligned jaw joint shows wear and tear on your teeth and your bite. By moving to where the jaw muscles are more balanced, your teeth basically get ‘in the way’. They begin to grind against one another and you end up with these issues – shortened teeth, gum recession and/or a collapsed lower third of your face.
An improper bite will lead to muscle imbalance. When your teeth are misaligned, they cannot provide enough muscle support to your face for chewing and swallowing. These muscles are then forced into a strained position which translates in discomfort throughout the face, head, arms, shoulders and back. These overworked muscles may result in muscles stiffness and soreness that materializes in the form migraines, headaches, earaches, muscles tenderness, facial discomfort, sore jaw and a myriad of other symptoms.
The muscles and the nerves in the jaw and face are complex and intricately connected. When your bite is unaligned, the nerves and muscles are also affected. This misalignment can result in the muscles throughout your face, jaw, neck and shoulders going into spasm. The spasms then pinch the nerves that lead down your arms. The end result? A feeling of numbness and tingling in your arms, fingers and hands.
There is a close relationship between your bite, the posture of your head and that of your entire body. If you have a bad bite or if your jaws don’t close properly (i.e. – your upper front teeth over-bite your lower bottom teeth), there is an immediate and direct impact on your head posture, resulting in neck strain and postural issues. If you are missing teeth, this postural strain becomes an even greater problem. Then, the muscles of your back and your neck – which in effect are your spine and its alignment – are impacted and greatly affected by an unbalanced jaw.
A bad bite is a big problem
Every part and function of the human body is intimately and intrinsically connected. When one function isn’t performing properly, it hinders all the rest.
A poorly aligned jaw can cause a number of physical and cosmetic changes to your teeth, your face and your posture. It can affect your ability to properly breathe, increase sensitivity and tenderness in your muscles and impact your nerves. The body depends on all of its parts to interact properly. And it all starts at the top. Your jaw joint alignment is essential to your overall health and wellness. If you are experiencing problems, Millennium Dental can help.