Where Does Balance Begin? A Dental Perspective | Kellogg & Latz
We know the body is a complicated system in which all the parts are inter-woven and work together. We now know that stress manifests and can affect our bodies in many ways, as does the kinds of foods and drinks we ingest. How does this complicated network of processes begin to function together in harmony and balance? How do we begin to obtain balance in and of our bodies?
Many of us know too well how it feels to have your spine out of alignment. This manifest as often times debilitating neck or back pain. We often times seek out chiropractic care, massages, or specials shoes or orthotics to counter the misalignment and pain. Have you ever considered if your teeth were out of alignment; that similar to back and neck pain, it may affect other parts of your body and manifest as far reaching pain or discomfort. While addressing specific sites of discomfort with one specific remedy contributes to the overall good of your body, it does not ensure optimal health for all your body systems. I am here to say we need to look at wellness more comprehensively. As your dentist, I address health concerns in your mouth, but this is just one part of a complicated body system. These complicated inter-woven systems need to all be in alignment in order to be working together efficiently and effectively.
Many times, like when considering chiropractics, we start with the bones. If the skeletal system is in good alignment, the muscles, and nerves tend to follow. Proper skeletal alignment affects the posture and allows for an even weight distribution which helps to deter injury. It is really no different when it comes to your teeth. As your dentist, I would argue that your teeth are part of the skeletal system. The way your teeth come together affects the way your lower jaw is positioned by the muscles that attach it to your skull. These muscles also contain many nerves and can become sore if out of balance.
We all know that exercising maintains the body and keeps it fluid, resisting the tightening and atrophy of the muscles that can occur during times of stasis. Proper body alignment is important when exercising, otherwise you are more prone to muscle and skeletal injury. This holds true also for the muscles that are in charge of moving our jaws. Alignment of the teeth, can have a direct impact on how the muscles of our face, head and neck feel and function.
As an inter-woven system, poor oral health it can have an effect on the rest of your body. If not removed regularly and properly, bacteria can builds up causing infection of the gums. This infection causes inflammation. If the inflammation is not reduced, it can spread not just around the mouth, but other areas of our bodies. There is mounting evidence suggesting that inflammation from gum disease may weaken the body’s ability to control blood sugar. We already know about the relationship between gum disease (periodontitis) and how it can have a negative effect on the way our bodies are able to manage diabetes. This can also be an inverse relationship. We now have to consider that if a mouth is not healthy it could be a sign of something happening in another part of the body.
Contact us at Kellogg and Latz Dentistry if you have questions or concerns about the alignment of your teeth and/or how your oral health may be affecting your overall wellness. At Kellogg and Latz Dentistry we take a comprehensive approach to dental health, educating our patients on the interplay of all the body systems. We are committed to empowering you to make the appropriate plans and decisions regarding your dental health. Call our office at 517-787-2516 or find us on the web at www.kelloggandlatz.com