How our jaws grow

Jawbones are like platforms that the teeth have to grow out of. When these platforms aren’t the right size or they are misshaped in some way, the teeth don’t grow straight. Its not just the teeth we are concerned about, its all the vital structures surrounding them!

The upper jaw forms the middle of the face. Its outer surface shapes the cheekbones, and its inner surface houses the maxillary sinus (air shaped hole). The lower border of the upper jaw holds the upper teeth and also forms the palate. The upper jaw is the centre of the face and is essential for eating and breathing. The bones are so intimiately connected with one another, a misshapen upper jaw can lead to issues in the eye sockets and nasal sinuses.

A misshapen upper jaw may also have a deviated septum and narrow obstructed nasal passages, airways that are essential for our breathing. Usually when we talk about diet and nutrition were talking about food but OXYGEN is the most important nutrient we consume.

If the upper jaw doesn’t expand in the correct way it can lead to problems like obstructed airways and crooked dental arch

Lower jaw

This is the largest and strongest bone in the face. It holds the lower teeth, and connects to the base of the skull to form joints- TMJ which opens and closes the mouth. The lower jaw also provides the base for the muscles that support and control the tongue, throat and in turn swallowing and breathing.

Just like the upper jaw, the lower jaw influences a lot more than just teeth. The lower jaw shapes the lower airways, including the soft palate (back of the throat). And the tongue sits inside of it like a hammock.

When the lower jaw hasn’t developed properly, there isn’t always enough room for the tongue, which leads to poor tongue posture, where the tongue falls back into the throat instead of staying against the roof of the mouth. This can block breathing starving the lungs of oxygen. This condition can worsen during sleep, leading to sleep apnea.

Weightlifters go to the gym to lift heavy weights because that will cause their joints and muscles to grow. Our jaw joint is no different; It needs stimulation to grow in the right way. Most of our jaw growth is done by 12 years old, but the jaw continues to grow until 18y, and then change in smaller ways throughout our lifetime.

Stimulating our jaws to grow is so crucial and something we have been neglecting over the past few years! Children eating a modern diet full of soft & processed foods doesn’t exercise the jaw in the correct way. Eating more raw unprocessed foods including vegetables, exercises the jaws and encourages healthy development.

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