Ear infection is the most frequent diagnosis made in physician offices for those under age 15.
Chronic middle ear infection also known as Otitis media and is often called an infection, but it is better defined as an inflammation of the middle ear.
Global studies indicate that up to 75% of “infected” ears are not infected as such, they do not show any bacteria or viruses present in them.
Otitis media can be a factor in associated hearing loss, learning disabilities, and secondary central nervous system complications.
The greatest cause of otitis media is an overclosed or improper dental bite. Otitis media can be successfully treated by using primary molars. (Loudon ME,Funct Orthod 1990)
Children with deep dental overbites are 2.8 times more likely to have ear tubes (ear grommets)placed or recommended by a pediatric otolaryngologist.
Many patients with inner ear dysfunction suffer from dental disorders.
Therefore, patients with inner ear dysfunction, of unknown cause, should have a dental exam. Dental treatment may improve ear symptoms. (HNO-1993)
Proximity of TMJ joint to middle ear is responsible for ears response to dysfunction in TM joint.
Continuous chewing pacifiers or teeth grinding can put constant pressure on jaw joint in cases when mandible is retruded (overbite) and a condyle is pushed back and very often high in the joint.
TMJ inflammation leads to a warm moist environment where ear bacteria can grow or ear can look and feel inflamed.
Use of pacifiers double the risk of developing otitis media in infants under 12 months of age.
Bottle-feeding increases the risk 5 times
Pacifiers in children under age of 3 are responsible for at least 25% of otitis media.
Ear and jaw anatomy varies between people and a nerve, a ligament and/or artery can pass through a small groove in the skull and physically connect the TM joint to the ear.
If the pressure on jaw joint persists can lead to ear fluid build-up, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), dizziness, vertigo, loss of balance and even loss of hearing.
Earwax build-up is a sign that a mandible is shifting out of balance toward one or both joints. (Dr D Page)
Dental treatment may improve ear symptoms. (HNO-1993)