You may have been told as a child to brush your teeth twice a day and to floss regularly. Whether you followed that advice or not is another story, but there are quite a few reasons as to why you should make your oral health a top priority. It’s as important as any other health issue. There have been many studies that show how oral well-being affects your body overall, from your posture to the daily aches and pains you experience.
Certain Bite Problems
There are many common bite problems that you may not think twice about that could be affecting the rest of your body, like:
- Crooked teeth
- An over or underbite
- Dental bridges or crowns that don’t fit quite right
- Missing teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
What begins as a small problem quickly evolves into a much larger problem if left untreated. Any of the above issues can misalign your jaw, and since your jaw is right at the top of your body, any damage in that region causes a domino effect. Damage to the teeth or jaw-area causes headaches, earaches, and even lower back pain.
Missing Teeth Affect Your Posture
Missing teeth or teeth that are misaligned can cause the joint itself to become misaligned. When that occurs, the muscles and tissues that work together to make that jaw function are working overtime. This can place a great deal of stress on the jaw and surrounding muscles. In particular, the muscles of your neck can become strained.
From the missing or misaligned tooth, the jaw begins to have problems. The strain caused by the jaw also strains the muscles in your neck. Since the neck is so firmly attached to your head and back, you may start to experience frequent headaches. It may even cause cases of insomnia. A strained jaw and neck can also force your body to have bad posture. When your spine isn’t aligned correctly, it cuts down on the efficiency of blood circulation. Your body can no longer receive nutrients with ease, and you suddenly find your body in a considerable amount of pain.
All of this can stem from a simple misalignment of your teeth. Luckily, there are treatments available to keep your teeth in check, so the rest of your body doesn’t pay the price. A dentist might suggest implementing a procedure like orthodontics. For those who have developed TMD, there are plenty of treatments available to improve your jaw.
Getting Treatment for Your Bite
Many types of postural problems receive physical therapy as a treatment, but since your head, neck, and shoulders influence your bite, dental therapy should be included in your treatment. This makes it very important to find a reputable New Jersey oral and maxillofacial surgeon to evaluate, diagnose, and create a corrective plan for your bite.
Dr. Nancy Herbst of Union City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has the expertise and works with the most up-to-date technology to help correct your bite. She has over 25 years of experience and dedicates herself to treating every patient with top priority. This earned her recognition as one of New Jersey’s top dentist’s of 2016. Contact her office today at (201) 601-9262 or request more information online. One of our helpful staff members can help you set up a consultation and get you on the path to a healthy mouth and life.