South European Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Research (2016-09-01)

Does asymmetry in the stomatognathic system correlate with body posture impairments?: A systematic review

  • Dal Borgo B.,
  • Perinetti G,
  • Contardo L.

DOI
https://doi.org/10.5937/sejodr3-1277
Journal volume & issue
Vol. 3, no. 2
pp. 44 – 51

Abstract

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Objectives: To assess the potential correlations between anatomical and functional asymmetry in the stomatognathic system and body posture impairments. Methods: Literature search using the Medline, SCOPUS, LILACS and SciELO databases, the Cochrane Library and a manual search. Experimental and observational studies were included with no restrictions as to the type of asymmetry. Type of asymmetry, treatment and/ or recording conditions, follow-up, postural examinations, main results and clinical implication were extracted, and risk of bias was assessed. Results: Eleven articles (including one randomized clinical trial) were retrieved. The risk of bias was medium in 6 studies and high in the remaining investigations. Only three studies, all with a high risk of bias and without follow-up, reported significant correlations between the asymmetry in the stomatognathic system and body posture impairments. Discussion: According to the limited present evidence, asymmetry in the stomatognathic system does not appear to correlate with body posture impairments at a clinically relevant level.