Everyone knows straight teeth can give you a beautiful smile. Straight, properly aligned teeth can help you avoid the negative effects of periodontal disease and can affect your overall health.
Properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss than crowded teeth. Crooked teeth can lead to poor periodontal health because it is difficult to remove plaque and bacteria. If left untreated, gum inflammation progresses to chronic infection which leads to receding gums, the formation of pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss and eventual tooth loss. Straight teeth facilitate good oral hygiene, which in turn reduces tooth decay and the potential for periodontal disease.
Crowded teeth can affect the bite creating unnatural stress and pressure leading to premature wear. When teeth are subject to excessive pressure, chipping and notches can develop at the gum line. Premature wear can lead to gum recession, poor root support, loose teeth and eventual tooth loss. Additionally, a “bad” bite can lead to improper forces on the jaw joint, pain in the jaw, earaches and headaches.
Properly positioned teeth can help the gums “fit” more tightly around them which leads to better periodontal and overall health. Crooked teeth left untreated can trap the bacteria that damage gum tissue cells and invade blood vessels. This can cause damage to cells that line your coronary arteries increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and other illness.
Teeth that fit together correctly last longer and are less likely to need costly dental work in the future. Correctly positioning your teeth for proper alignment and function will help prevent future dental problems and will make a significant difference towards a healthy mouth and keeping your teeth for life.
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