Not standing up straight? The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recommends you check your posture and consult your dentist about temporomandibular disorder (TMD) if you experience frequent headaches and pain in your lower jaw. Poor posture tips the lower jaw forward and moves the head back on the spinal column. This contributes to an improper fit of the upper and lower teeth.
This misalignment also places stress on head and neck muscles, jaw joints and bones. Over time, opening and closing the mouth and even chewing becomes painful.
When poor posture has contributed to misaligned teeth, Dr. Barbat can create a custom-fitted oral appliance to help realign your teeth in a position to reduce facial pain. The appliance can also prevent future damage to teeth, particularly if misalignment is causing you to clench or grind your teeth during sleep.
If you have jaw joint soreness, frequent headaches, or feel you clench or grind your teeth, call (586) 739-2155 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Barbat. The solution may be as simple as a comfortable oral appliance.