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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

How Does the PPM Work?

It can be said that almost half of the nerve impulses that go to the spinal cord and to the brain come from the lower third of the face. The muscles and nerves in this area connect back to the lower head and neck area and transmit to the brain, along with those coming from the extremities and other areas of the body.

Consider the use that these jaw and facial nerves and muscles get each and every day. Every time you swallow, the jaw moves and your teeth come together. When you talk and eat, the same muscles are fired, sending signals to the brain with every movement. If the teeth don't come together in perfect occlusion, your jaw must shift slightly or float around to try to find a comfortable spot to rest. This kind of improper bite overtaxes the jaw and prevents the face and neck muscles from fully relaxing. It creates extra tension and blocks nerve signals trying to get to the brain from other parts of the body. If the jaw is off-balance, it's more difficult to hold the rest of your body in solid alignment as well.

Through the science of neuromuscular dentistry, we use precise technology to help the jaw relax and find the natural bite that is most comfortable and relaxed. When the jaw is in a happy place, this frees up the channels for full communication along the spinal cord and to the brain without the nagging interruptions and signals coming from those significant nerves and muscles around the lower part of the face and jaw. The brain is free to signal equally to heart, lungs, and other organs, and it brings proper alignment throughout the core, leading to greater strength, flexibility and balance.

This seems pretty simplistic, but has been proven to result in improved overall strength, conditioning and performance for athletes. The PPM orthotic mouthguard holds the wearer's bite in the position that has been scientifically determined to be the happiest place for their teeth and jaws to rest and relax. A simple pen test, when placed in the mouth to simulate a neuromuscular position, can instantly demonstrate to a person the kind of difference a PPM mouthguard can make.

PPM-certified dentists have been trained in neuromuscular dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and have the technology needed to prescribe the PPM for fabrication in the Makkar Advantage lab in Toronto, Canada.

This was my laymen's description of how the PPM works. If you'd like more information, check out

posted by MoreSmiles at 8:29 PM


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