Jason Scoppa, DC, CSCP, CCSP®

Bellevue location:

Northwest Structural Medicine

1 Lake Bellevue Dr., Suite 203. Bellevue, WA 98005

Tel: 425-278-5678

Lynwood location:

Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics

2322 196th St. SW, Suite 201. Lynwood, WA 98036

Tel: 425-361-7499

Fax: We prefer email, please. Office@StructuralMed.com

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Occlusion & Bite

Occlusion refers to the way in which your teeth come together. Malocclusion is when this isn't happening in a harmonious way. People have varying degrees of adaptive range, so just because someone has an occlusion problem doesn't necessarily mean that person will develop symptoms, but typically an occlusal issue is indicative of a larger cranial-fascial distortion. It's also important to remember that teeth are an extension of bone, so issues in the teeth reflect wider potential issues in your cranial and dural system (and nervous system as a whole).

Every time you teeth come together messages are sent throughout the body, dictating how other muscles and joints function; this is called the stomatognathic system. Our jaw joint, or TMJ, is extremely influential and when it's unstable it can cause symptoms that are not only in/around the head and neck, but can affect everything down to the feet! 

Some signs of malocclusion and bite issues include:

Crowding in the mouth (crammed teeth)

 A narrow arch (hard palate)

 An over/underbite

A tongue that's "too large for your mouth"

A history of braces or headgear (which jams the maxilla back)

Sleep apnea and airway restriction