Straight Spine Straight Teeth

sitpostureYou’re probably wondering what a straight spine has to do with straight teeth, but believe it or not…a lot. Straight posture is very important to your overall health and well being. Bad posture can even contribute to depression. In fact, studies show that when your chin is up you are more likely to have good thoughts instead of negative thoughts. Bad posture can also cause aches and pains, and believe it or not it can affect your dental health.

What You Should Know About Posture

  • Good posture helps generate positive thoughts, increase your energy level, decrease depression, and makes you appear more confident, as well as feel more self-confident.
  • Bad posture can also result in back pain, muscle pain, and damage to your spine.
  • It’s important to keep your spine in alignment for proper support and balance of your overall body whether standing or sitting.
  • Proper alignment while sitting means having your hips and knees at the same level, feet flat on the floor, head aligned with your shoulders, and knees aligned with your ankles.
  • Proper alignment while standing means your head, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles should all be in a straight line.
  • Poor spine and head alignment affects the alignment of your jaw.
  • Slouching pushes your lower jaw forward and over time it will push your skull back onto your spinal column causing a misaligned bite.
  • If your bite is misaligned your jaw will over-compensate by trying to bring your teeth together.
  • Over-compensating creates undue pressure on your jaw joints and surrounding muscles causing pain. It can also do damage to your teeth.

About your Des Moines Dentist

The Gateway Dental Group provides comprehensive dental treatments including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Burds also has extensive experience helping his patients suffering from sleep disorders obtain restful sleep via oral appliance therapy. You can contact Dr. Stephen J. Burds office at 515-442-5659. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.