Thorough brushing and flossing require all the surfaces of your teeth to be reachable. Teeth that overlap or are too close make it difficult to reach with a toothbrush and floss. Without proper oral hygiene, plaque, tarter, and harmful bacteria are allowed to accumulate, increasing the risk of cavities and periodontal (gum) disease.
Teeth grinding (bruxism) and TMJ are more likely to occur when the jaw or teeth are misaligned while also making simple preventive and curative dental procedures more complex to accomplish.
The Link Between Systemic Health and Oral Health
Several illnesses may be caused or exacerbated by bacteria that originate in the mouth:
Diabetes-Children and adults with diabetes are more vulnerable to infections. Periodontal disease is often considered to be a complication of diabetes.
Heart Disease-Some studies reveal a high correlation between poor oral health and heart disease. The same bacteria that cause gum disease can travel through your blood and cause inflammation and damage to your heart.
Asthma and Other Respiratory Disease-The Journal of Periodontology reports that people with gum disease are five times more likely to develop asthma when compared with people who maintain good oral health.
Premature childbirth and dementia have also been associated with gum disease.
How Can a Straighter Smile Improve Your Overall Health?
While crooked teeth alone don’t increase your chances of experiencing serious health conditions, poor oral hygiene and gum disease does. Receiving orthodontic treatment improves the look of your smile, and your ability to clean your teeth and gums thoroughly.
Learn More About Improving Oral Health
Our team is committed to helping children, teens, and adults achieve a straight and healthy smile as a foundation for their long-term health and well-being. We offer a variety of options including traditional and clear braces, as well as quicker options for mild cases of malocclusion. Call us today to learn how we can help you love your smile!