Dental distress syndrome

The term “Dental distress syndrome – DDS” is a clinical condition characterized by “Dental malocclusion” of the jaw resulting in abnormal posture of the spine at the level of C1-C3 vertebrae

Because of the embryological origin of the teeth from the ectoderm, many fascial planes are connecting the jaw to the cervical vertebrae, especially at the levels of C1-C2. Malocclusion of the jaw during mastication results in uneven forces exerted of these fascial planes, which in return causes malalignment of the C1-C3 cervical vertebrae

Dental malocclusion and mandibular dysfunction torques the dura matter because of its attachment to the frontal and dorsal aspects of the C1, C2, and C3 vertebrae. This dural disturbance can be transmitted to the brain (Via the meninges) and to the sacrum (Via the sacral dural attachment), causing disturbance of the whole spine. This mechanism is researched by “A. C. Fonder”, which was based on the work of Nikolaas Tinbergen, the 1973 Nobel Prize laureate in medicine and physiology, based on his paper of dental distress findings (12.12.1973

Torqueing of the dura can result in: scoliosis, cervical hypolordosis, excessive lumbar lordosis (Sway back), rotation of the pelvis (Short leg syndrome), and uneven shoulder height. Moreover, disturbance of the cervical spine can results in malalignment of the whole spine, resulting in many symptoms such as: migraine (99%), vertigo (74%), periodontitis (74%), cold hands & feet, frequent urination, numbness, dyspepsia (59%), otitis media, sinusitis (86%), etc. Hypothyroidism is almost always a constant finding in DDS

Radiologically, a perfect dental alignment is detected when a vertical line drawn at the axis (C2) and horizontal line drawn transecting the bite make a conjunction point in the center of the dens. Malocclusion is detected when horizontal line transecting the bite is seen off the dens


Selected references

1. Fonder AC et al. Malocclusion as it relates to general health. Illinois Dent J 1965; 34:292

2. Fonder AC et al. The dental distress syndrome (Quantified). Quantum Medicine 1988; 1(1)

3. Maehara K et al. Dental distress syndrome (DDS) and quadrant theorim – the masticatory system, general signs and symptomatology. Internat J of Biologic Stress & Diseases: Basal facts. 1982; 5(1): 4-11