Straight Talk On Crooked Teeth | Delmarva Dental Services

Straight Talk On Crooked Teeth

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Straightening your teeth is one of the best things you can do for not just your smile but your overall health!Teeth that are crooked or overlapping are much harder to clean. If they are too close together, they are nearly impossible to floss. A “bad bite” can wear your teeth down and cause pain and tooth decay.So how does this affect our overall health? Studies have linked poor dental health to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes and problems with pregnancies to name a few.Teeth provide a direct path for bacteria and infections to enter the bloodstream and even into the marrow of our bones. Bacteria can travel from the mouth to the lungs, making lung conditions worse or causing infections such as pneumonia, especially in our older family members. Teeth that are crowded or overlapping are very difficult to clean and keep clean. All kinds of things can find safe hiding places in these hard to clean areas. If left untouched, it can lead to issues like gum disease. People with moderate or advanced gum disease are more likely to have cardiovascular or heart disease. Gum disease has also been linked to babies being born prematurely and low birth weight. Some other diseases that have been linked with gum disease are diabetes, osteoporosis, Sjogren’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s and other memory problems, arthritis, strokes and chronic fatigue to name a few. Most cases of gum disease can be traced back to poor oral hygiene. Some of this can just be lack of care but many cases can be linked to teeth that are out of alignment. On one hand, teeth that are crowded can be very difficult to keep clean but on the other hand, teeth that have spaces have areas where food can become impacted. Both cases make it harder to clean and floss which can lead to periodontal gum disease, bone loss and possible loss of teeth. The phrase “healthy mouth, healthy you” really is true. One of the easiest ways to make sure you are able to maintain a healthy mouth is to make sure your teeth are straight and in perfect alignment. Orthodontics is the key to that. Even if your teeth are just a little crowded, when you are older and your manual dexterity has diminished, it will be harder to keep them clean and straight teeth then will be so important to not only your dental health but your overall general health.
  • The benefit of getting orthodontics now is an attractive smile and facial appearance that boosts our self esteem and personal confidence.
  • Teeth that meet properly are easier to clean and less likely to develop decay, have excessive wear, become loose from uneven biting pressure or be lost to gum disease.
  • A bad bite or malocclusion can have a serious effect on the TMJ, can cause upper respiratory infections, chronic fatigue and other systemic problems caused by mouth breathing.
  • A bad bite is not stable and can only get worse, not better and can cause speech impediments.
  • A proper bite is more comfortable when eating, drinking, speaking and swallowing. Remember, we are never too old to get orthodontics done. If you don’t want the metal mouth look of traditional braces, consider invisible braces. You will be glad later on that you took the time to take care of your teeth now.
So we know it is easier to keep straight teeth clean and healthy than teeth that are even slightly crowded or misaligned. When you consider getting your teeth straightened, remember, it is a lot harder to keep them clean when you have traditional braces. Therefore, you should consider a clear tray system or invisible tooth straightening system like Invisalign to create a stable, long term, healthy smile that is easier to keep clean.