Dental health is about much more than how your teeth look cosmetically, or even things like the health of your gums and your oral microbiome and how that contributes to other health issues
the structure of your jaw and how your jaw develops can affect everything from your sleep, which as we know then affects everything else, is you don’t sleep. Poor sleep is one of the primary drivers of all chronic diseases. It can affect your nervous system, it can affect your immune system, it can affect lot of different conditions, your endocrine system and hormone production. It virtually affects every system of the body.
crooked teeth are a sign that these fundamental processes aren’t developing properly, when we don’t develop a craniofacial structure. So the maxilla and the mandible, which is the upper and lower jaw, they form the structure, and so the bite, so how our teeth come together will actually impact our spinal posture. So how the maxilla and mandible posture together, the entire spine will have to adjust. And so, for instance, a lot of kids have that forward head posture. And the reason why they’re tipping their heads forward is because they need to open their airways. So this is a purely survival instinct, is that we have lost these wide, open nasal sinuses that we need to breathe through. And then so we have the skeletal structure that’s adjusted. So malocclusion is just adjustment to the environment. And so we’re using the input that we have to create a structure with the resources that we it’s at the root cause of all of these issues. If your breathing and craniofacial structure and brain are in a system that’s kind of cramped, and there’s one description of it, a tiger being stuck in a cage, we’re basically stuck in these airway structures that are just causing us extreme, extreme, deep autonomic problems. And so the breathing connection is something that we were never connected to. But also the intervention of how, for instance, the tongue drives facial development. So the maxilla is the centerpiece of jaw growth, and so how the tongue and oral posture and breathing all come into this lovely interplay of functional craniofacial growth.