How your mouth affects your posture

Poor body posture is often associated with chronic back and neck pain, but did you know that the mouth can be a major cause? My earliest memories on posture come from primary schooling. Our teachers reprimanded us to “sit up straight” in class as though our slouching was a sign of nefarious intentions. For the teacher, at least, good posture …

Pain, pain, go away!

Think of a toothache and many would empathise with the borrowed saying: “Pain, pain, go away! Please do not come back another day!” Pain motivates us to seek medical care yet non-painful health issues are often treated with less urgency — and sometimes the cause of pain is not easily recognisable. Let’s take diabetes, for example. Few diabetics sense any pain …

Mouths made of metal

Increasingly, many patients are asking their dentist if the metals in their mouths are still considered safe. This trend does not seem to be abating, with new evidence suggesting that some metals, such as nickel and mercury, have the potential to stimulate either strong allergic reactions in some people and low-grade systemic inflammation in others. The time is overdue for …