when you don’t have a balanced bite

when you don’t have a balanced bite, the negative ripple effects make their way down your entire body:

Airways
Your tongue is attached to your lower jaw and when your bite is un-aligned your tongue acts as a pillow. It cushions the jaw and helps it to relax. An imbalance in your bite affects the size of your mouth and the altered size of your mouth no longer accommodates your tongue. Your tongue can’t sit where it should. If your tongue rests too far back in your mouth, it will block the air getting to your lungs.

Bite / Teeth
An unaligned jaw joint will begin to show wear and tear on your teeth and your bite. By moving to where the jaw muscles are more balanced, your teeth are basically ‘in the way’. They then begin to grind down against one another and you end up with shortened teeth, gum recession and/or a collapsed lower third of your face.

Muscles
An improper bite will lead to muscle imbalance. When your teeth are misaligned, they cannot provide enough muscle support in your face needed for chewing and swallowing. These muscles are then forced into a strained position which translates in discomfort throughout the face, head, arms, shoulders and back.
The over-worked muscles can result in muscles stiffness and soreness that will materialize in the form of migraines, headaches, earaches, muscles tenderness, facial discomfort, a sore jaw and a multitude of other symptoms.

Nerves
The muscles and the nerves in the jaw and face are extremely complex and intricately connected. Therefore, when your bite is unaligned, the nerves and muscles are also affected. This misalignment can result in the muscles throughout your face, jaw, neck and shoulders going into spasms. The spasms then pinch the nerves that lead down your arms. The result of all of this? A feeling of numbness and tingling in your arms, fingers and hands.

Spine/Posture
There is a close relationship between your bite and the posture of your head and that of your entire body. If you have a bad bite or if you jaws don’t close properly (i.e. – your upper front teeth over-bite your lower bottom teeth), there is an immediate and direct affect on your head posture, causing neck strain and postural issues. If you are missing teeth, this postural strain becomes an even greater issue. Then, the muscles of your back and your neck – which in effect are your spine and its alignment – are impacted and greatly affected by an unbalanced jaw.

 

So, how did I get this ‘bad bite’?

Your unaligned jaw and poorly fitted teeth could be the result of one issue or a combination of possibly these factors:

  • Unbalanced dental treatment
  • Allergies as a child
  • Thumb sucking or other oral habits
  • Old dentistry that has broken down or worn out
  • The shifting of teeth after tooth loss
  • Some types of Orthodontic treatment

Your teeth could also be misaligned as a result of an accident or trauma issue. If you have experienced tooth loss, the shifting of your teeth can result in a bad bite which leads to TMJ. Traditional orthodontics used methods to simply straighten the teeth don’t necessarily take into consideration your overall jaw development.

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YES, IT’S ALL CONNECTED…

So now connect the dots…

A misaligned jaw, can affect your entire body, or a specific part of it. The slightest imbalance in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) could result in headaches, dizziness, nausea, premature wearing of your teeth, poor body posture, decreased strength and flexibility, compromised breathing airways, muscles tenderness and many, many more symptoms.

Finding the best position for your jaw is critical to the rest of your body working properly. It all starts with a good, balanced bite and its all part of what Dr. Ishwari Bhirud refers to as the Neuromuscular Sextad / Smylist bite

Let’s explain…

neuromuscular_sextadAn unbalanced jaw joint (Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ) ultimately influences your spine, your bite, your airway, your muscles and your nerves. The basic principles of neuromuscular dentistry state that a “good – balanced” bite is achieved when the muscles of the face, jaw and neck are allowed to be at their most efficient state, which is a restful state.

When that happens, there is an immediate improvement in your posture, your airway, your resting muscle activity, and your range of motion, flexibility, balance and strength. You can exert more power, improve your stamina, exhibit more concentration and mental awareness and overall, feel healthier, more exuberant and alive.

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Is Jaw Joint Causing Suffering?

Living with pain isn’t truly living.

bad_effectsWhen you are living with the symptoms of TMJ /Jaw Joint, chances are you are living in pain.

TMJ not only impacts your body, it directly affects your soul.

  • It can re-arrange your life
  • It can dictate your social behavior
  • It can control your personality and your character.

Years dealing with an unaligned jaw, a bad bite and constant strain and stress on your muscles has left you feeling defeated, weary and overwhelmed.

The pain associated with your TMJ has perhaps left you a changed person. Constantly battling your symptoms, you are cranky and irritable. You are starting to take out your frustrations on your family, your friends, your co-workers and everyone around you. Your personality is morphing into someone you don’t even recognize. It’s not the real you talking, it’s the TMJ-afflicted you.

When someone is truly living in pain, they feel as though no one understands their plight. They feel isolated and cut-off from the outside world. They are desperate for relief yet that relief seems unattainable. More than anything, they feel alone.

You are not alone. We not only see situations similar to yours each and every day but we offer options. We offer an accurate diagnosis and treatment options that will correct your problem and begin healing your life. And more than anything, we will offer you the support, compassion and kindness that truly communicates that you are not alone.

Healing is just a step away.  and start the process of taking back control of your life.

 

Is TMJ Causing Your Suffering?

Not sure about your TMJ condition? Do the test and find out right now what’s wrong and… what to do about it?

 Test Yourself:

Migraines / Headaches

Facial Pain / Pain Behind Eyes

Ear Pain / Ringing / Congestion

Jaw / Teeth Pain

Neck Pain / Neck Strain

Shoulder / Back Pain

Numbness

Posture Problems

Sleep Disorders.

 

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Headache and Jaw Pain: The TMJ Connection.

Headaches are one of the most common health problems in the world. The problem crosses age, race, geographic and economic lines.  Jaw pain, while less common, affects a large volume of people is more common with women then men.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50 to 75 percent of all people age 18 to 65 have had at least one headache within the last year. Of those adults, 30 percent report a headache disorder, which means recurrent headaches, such as migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches.

Many factors and combinations of factors can cause headaches, so the root cause is often hard to identify. However if you suffer from recurrent headaches and from jaw pain, it is possible that the pain could be caused by TMD syndrome affecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

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Talk with Your Dentist Before You Whiten Your Teeth

You may not know what’s in store with store-bought whitening products.

Walk down the aisle where the oral care products are kept in a large drugstore. Near the toothpastes, mouthwashes, and floss, you’ll see a staggering array of over-the-counter products that promise a dazzling smile and whiter teeth. Some of them work well.

But what you won’t see in that aisle is the dentist.

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Teething Troubles: What You Can Do

Everyone loves babies—except when they’re wailing. Teething may be the problem.

Teething occurs when baby teeth start coming through the child’s gums, usually beginning at about age 6 months. Soothe sore gums with a clean finger, teething ring, cool spoon, cold wet washcloth, or pacifier. Your dentist or pediatrician also may recommend a special numbing salve for the gums. Continue reading Teething Troubles: What You Can Do

 

What’s baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. Among these liquids are milk, formula, fruit juice, sodas and other sweetened drinks. The sugars in these liquids pool around the infant’s teeth and gums, feeding the bacteria that cause plaque. Every time a child consumes a sugary liquid, acid attacks the teeth and gums. After numerous attacks, tooth decay can begin.

The condition also is associated with breast-fed infants who have prolonged feeding habits or with children whose pacifiers are frequently dipped in honey, sugar or syrup. The sweet fluids left in the mouth increases the chance of cavities while the infant is sleeping.

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Diet, diabetes and tooth decay

If you are one of the  Indian with diabetes, you’re probably aware that the disease can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body.

What you may not know is that diabetics are more susceptible to developing oral infections and gum (periodontal) disease than those who do not have diabetes.

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Could Tmd Trigger Migraine Headaches?

Q: Could TMJ cause migraines?

A: TMJ is shorthand for temporomandibular joint, the ball-and-socket joint that connects the jaw to the skull just in front of the ear. Some people use the term TMJ to describe pain that comes from this joint, although doctors and dentists are now more likely to use the abbreviation TMD (for temporomandibular disorder, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction).

TMD appears to be caused by a variety of different problems, including arthritis, trauma to the jaw, muscle spasms from jaw clenching or stress, poor alignment of the teeth, and nighttime grinding of the teeth (bruxism).

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