The Link Between Posture and Dental Health
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The Link Between Posture and Dental Health

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Good posture often leads to stronger backs and necks and healthier joints. There is another, less obvious benefit of having good posture; it can lead to a healthy smile and prevent issues with your teeth and jaw! 

Posture and dental health

When we’re relaxed, scrolling through our phones, our posture is awful. The body arches downward with the weight of the head. The lower jaw is pushed forward, and the skull sits further back on the spine. This puts tremendous pressure on the base of the neck, the upper back, and even the jaws!

When the teeth aren’t aligned properly, the jaw will compensate to try and bring them together. While we sit and scroll, our jaws are continuously clenched and misaligned, even when we don’t realize it. And it’s not just playing on our phones that can cause posture problems. Hunching over a computer, sitting at a desk, or spending a lot of time driving can also be offenders.

If the jaw is misaligned, it can carry down through your neck, back, shoulders, and even the pelvis. Sitting up straight, especially during orthodontic treatment, can prevent any residual pain.

Improving your posture

Below are a few simple stretches to improve posture:

  • Lift your chest and roll your shoulder blades down and back, opening the chest wide
  • Tighten your stomach muscles or work on your core strength
  • When standing, make sure your body runs down a straight line, aligning the ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles
  • When sitting, draw an imaginary line from your hips to your ears to practice proper sitting posture

For more tips on maintaining your dental health during orthodontic treatment in Colorado Springs, call Lockett Orthodontists to schedule your appointment!  

Posted on Sep 14, 2020

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