Daily Archives: January 26, 2014

Headaches and Jaw Pain? Check Your Posture.

Man sitting with poor posture

Did you know that poor posture places the spine in a position that can cause stress to the jaw joint?    When a person slouches or hunches over, the lower jaw shifts forward, causing the upper and lower teeth to not fit together correctly.  This in turn causes the skull to shift back on the spinal column.

This shift can place stress on muscles, joints and bones.  Without proper treatment, it can create pain and inflammations in muscles and joints when you open and close your mouth.

Most people agree good posture is important, but they don’t realize their posture can affect their oral health.   If someone’s posture is unbalanced, it can change the position of the facial muscles causing the bumps and grooves on the upper and lower teeth to not fit properly.

Night guard

For most people a night guard helps reduce facial pain by allowing the teeth to move to a more natural position. In addition, the night guard will help prevent any future damage to teeth.