“OPEN wide.” Every time I say it, I feel like the stereotypical dentist. But not everyone can open wide – some people just can’t do it.
Being able to open wide helps us not only at the dentist but do other things like eating comfortably, singing, yawning and kissing. When our jaw joints are working effectively we can do all these with ease but if there’s trouble at mill then our path to comfortable jaw movement is blocked.
Let’s take a look inside the jaw joint. Imagine the jawbone in the joint to be a similar shape to an oblong door knob. Over the knob is a soft collagen disc sort of like a soft scallop. The scallopy shaped disc is tethered to the skull by ligaments and muscles much like how a tent is held down with guy ropes.