Posture And Poor Dental Health

Does your posture have anything to do with your dental health? Good posture has much to do with many aspects of your health actually. You probably didn’t think standing up straight was really important but not only does your posture affect the way you feel mentally (happy or depressed), and the way you feel physically (aches and pains), but it also affects your dental health. Take our quiz below to find out how much you know about posture and poor dental health.

True or False

  1. True or False: It’s really not that important to keep your spine in proper alignment.
  2. True or False: Good posture makes you look and feel more confident.
  3. True or False: Bad posture can damage your teeth.


  1. False: Sitting up and standing up straight keeps your spine in proper alignment. When your spine is properly aligned the rest of your body is properly supported and balanced. When you slouch, your spine is out of alignment and this can cause damage to your vertebrae, muscle aches, and back pain.
  2. True:According to studies, your posture causes physiological effects. When your chin is up you generate more positive thoughts than when you are slouched and your chin is down. Good posture can generate positive thoughts and decrease depression, increase energy levels, and make you look ten pounds slimmer.
  3. True: Your posture affects your jaw alignment. Therefore, bad posture can cause problems with your dental health. When you are in a slouching position your lower jaw is pushed forward.  If this continues over time your skull will “sit back” on your spinal column and this causes a misaligned bite. When your teeth are not in proper alignment your jaw over-compensates by trying to bring them together. This puts undue pressure on your jaw joints and surrounding muscles and can cause pain, and damage your teeth.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.