How Your Posture Can Contribute to Oral Health Pain
Posted on 12/20/2019 by Dr McMurray
Growing up, you may have heard your parents say to stop slouching in your chair. Turns out, they may have known something about oral health the rest of us didn't know!
Many people find it hard to believe that posture is related to our oral health in any way, but it's true. Good posture can support good oral health and bad posture can support bad oral health.
It seems strange, but your posture while sitting plays a large role in the alignment of your jaw muscles. This is because the muscles in your neck and back give support to your jaw. Incorrect head positioning can actually stress the muscles in your jaw and cause the jawbone to become misaligned over time. When your neck and back muscle don't support your head properly, the muscles in your jaw can also become fatigue causing a lot of soreness at the end of the day, so it's important to always keep good posture.
How to Keep Good Posture
The best way to keep good posture is to make sure your back is straight at all times. When the back is straight, your back muscles are forced to take the brunt of your weight. This is good because your back muscles are the strongest muscles in the body. When your back is not straight, your body's weight is put onto other muscles which are smaller. Keeping a straight back is good to keep in mind for both sitting and standing.
If you have bad posture, it can have long-term effects on your oral health. When poor posture causes your jaw to misalign, it changes your bite, and this change in bite can cause many problems with eating and eventually may lead to a lot of oral pain. Please call our office if you would like to know more.
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