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Posture and Oral Health

Our bodies are more connected than we realize. For example, did you know that a malocclusion (misalignment of the jaw) can affect your total body posture? We don't often think about how even slight dysfunction can cause problems in the rest of our body as it tries to compensate.

Doctors tell us that most diseases our bodies can generate over time are the consequences of three factors:

  • Genetics - A collection of factors embedded into our DNA that predispose us to certain diseases or conditions.
  • Diet - Did you eat a lean diet, low-nutrient diet, calcium-deficient diet? Did you over-consume fatty foods leading to high cholesterol?
  • Lifestyle - How physically active were you throughout most of your life? How stressful was the majority of your life and/or your jobs. What was your physical environment like?

However, the fourth factor doctors don't always mention is postural conditions. These conditions, along with the other three factors previously mentions, are the conditions responsible for the progression of diseases and how-well we age.

Impact of teeth on posture

A misalignment of the jaw or teeth affects the way your skull presses on your spine. Your spine travels down the entirety of your torso and is integral to your posture and bodily function.

See your spine as the axle of a truck and malocclusion is causing a slight bend in that axle.

That bend in your axle puts stress on and displaces other parts of your vehicle. This bend in the axle will cause damage to wheel hubs, wheel bearings and joints. A bend in the axle can also cause excess vibrations when driving, which aren't good for other components of your vehicle. Overtime, with the weight of your vehicle and continued use, the bend in your axle will get worse and worse. A severe bend in an axle is considered to be a quarter of an inch or more. This is comparable to how just a small misalignment in your body can cause a large shift in total body posture.

Believe your posture may be the result of dental issues?

For more information on Dr. Buck's practice and the treatment options he provides, schedule an appointment, call us today at 206-316-8286.

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DR. BUCK'S PHILOSOPHY

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

Please visit this site for more information; Airway Health

WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​
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