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How Your Teeth and Feet Influence Your Body Alignment


Both your teeth and feet influence body alignment. Correcting misaligned teeth and jaws can have far-reaching effects, influencing not only your oral health but also your overall well-being and posture throughout the body.

Introduction: The Interconnection Between Oral Health and Body Alignment

As a dentist, I want to share some fascinating insights with you about how your teeth and feet can affect your overall body alignment. You might be surprised to learn that having good posture involves more than just standing up straight. Let’s explore the connection between your oral health and your body’s balance in a way that’s easy to understand.

The Impact of Jaw Position on Body Alignment

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Your jaw position and the condition of your jaw joints and chewing muscles play a crucial role in the alignment of your body.

They can have an impact on various areas, including your back, pelvis, legs, and feet.

When your pelvis is not properly aligned, it can cause problems. Interestingly, your bite, which refers to how your teeth fit together, can contribute to this issue.

If your teeth don’t come together correctly, it can negatively affect other parts of your body.

For instance, it can cause your pelvis to rotate forward in an abnormal manner, which can lead to your feet rolling inward or developing flat feet.

The effects of misaligned teeth and jaws can be both ascending and descending.

An improper bite can cause the upper jaw (maxilla) to be misaligned, affecting the positioning of the lower jaw (mandible).

This descending effect can lead to issues such as uneven wear on lower teeth, difficulties with chewing and speaking, and even temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), causing jaw pain and discomfort.

Conversely, ascending effects can also occur when misalignment of the upper jaw affects facial balance and the positioning of the skull. The imbalance caused by misaligned upper teeth can lead to changes in facial appearance and uneven distribution of biting forces, potentially straining the jaw joints and causing pain.

In addition, misaligned teeth and jaws can impact the overall function of the airway and breathing.

Chronic mouth breathing, often associated with misalignment, can lead to a narrower dental arch, which may hinder proper nasal breathing and obstruct the upper airway during sleep, potentially contributing to sleep-disordered breathing conditions like sleep apnea.

Addressing misalignment helps correct the ascending and descending effects.

By promoting proper jaw and dental alignment, you can positively influence your body’s overall posture, reduce strain on various body parts, and potentially alleviate associated discomfort.

How Pain Influences Body Alignment

Let’s talk about how your body senses its position and movement. Your body receives signals that help it understand where it is and how it’s moving. These signals can be influenced by pain or discomfort originating from your jaw area or other parts of your body.

Consistent misalignment of your head and jaw to one side can cause various problems, especially if the pain is coming from your feet. It can lead to issues with your jaw joint, misaligned teeth, and ongoing discomfort.

Orthotics as a Solution for Misalignment Issues

Now, let’s explore how wearing orthotics can help improve your condition. Orthotics are specialized devices designed to support specific areas of your body, such as your feet or jaw.

However, it’s important to note that if you wear a mouth orthotic and a foot orthotic simultaneously, the signals from your feet and mouth can potentially interfere with each other. Therefore, it’s crucial to ensure that the mouth orthotic is properly adjusted to avoid such conflicts.

Conclusion: Emphasizing Oral Health for Better Posture and Alignment

In conclusion, the relationship between jaw position, bite, and body alignment is interconnected.

Correcting misaligned teeth and jaws can have far-reaching effects, influencing not only your oral health but also your overall well-being and posture throughout the body.

As a dentist who specializes in treating patients with TMD, I want to emphasize the significant impact that your teeth and jaw have on your body’s posture and alignment.

By understanding this connection, you can take proactive steps to improve your posture and potentially reduce issues related to foot and body misalignment.

If you’re suffering from jaw pain or other symptoms of TMJ disorder, we would be happy to help. Dr. Safavi is highly proficient in the complexities of oral & facial pain. She can help you get an accurate diagnosis of your condition as a starting point for effective TMJ/TMD treatment.

To learn how we can help you, please call (303) 226-6265 to schedule an appointment.

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