With the Stanley Cup Final and NBA Final finished, do you ever wonder how healthy the players are? Sometimes we see players with mouth guards and others without—why is that? In the athletic world today, not everyone follows the rules. But one thing is for sure, though, there is a controlling relationship within the dental system that puts the various parts of your body either in physiologic health or dysfunction.

By maintaining a balanced relationship between your dental structures and the rest of your body, you will be able to see the difference in your athletic performance. And, when you understand the relationship between jaw posture (your bite) and your overall body/spinal posture, it can potentially change your athletic performance—something many of the Stanley Cup Final and NBA Final teams might want to keep in mind.

Your Bite and Athletic Performance

Whether you have a correct or incorrect bite, it can be reflected in the postural relationships and entities of the body system. Without a proper bite, your body is compromised in optimal function and balance. Some of your favorite athletes—whether it is hockey or basketball—make every move they make appear effortless and graceful. Let’s face it—we all want to be like that. With such emphasis placed on our physical and mental health, you may not realize the impact that your improper bite has on your overall health. If you have a bad bite, your entire body can become misaligned.

But My Teeth are Straight

In today’s society, many people want a straighter smile. However, having straight teeth doesn’t always mean your bite is properly aligned. After all, an improper bite and misaligned body aren’t actually just about straight teeth. At Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia we will look at how your teeth come together with the muscles and joints of your jaw in relation to a proper bite. If you have a bad bite, it can negatively affect your entire body.

All of our muscles and bones in our body have relationships with the others. So, if your jaw is out of line, your entire body is out of line. This is similar to when you have back or hip pain that causes you to limp-your body works together as a whole. And, when your jaw is out of alignment it can cause an improper bite, which causes discomfort and can start to affect you outside of your face, head and neck.

By relaxing the muscles of the face and neck areas, we are reliving the symptoms of headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, jaw discomfort and many more go away. With this, our way of life is changed, as well as our stress levels and how we live. In the end, your bite can directly affect your athletic performance, as well as your daily performance.

Take charge of your health by visiting Dr. Mayoor Patel and the Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center for further diagnosis and treatment of a misaligned jaw or bite so that you can live your life pain free.