Having a less-than-perfect smile may not be such a big deal. But having gum disease is.
Gum disease, also called periodontitis, leads to tooth loss and can even predispose you to other health complications.
Crooked teeth are far more than just a cosmetic issue. Having tipped or crowded teeth could actually put you at higher risk of gum disease. Here’s how.
The Dangers of Crooked Teeth
Your teeth are healthier when spaced out in even alignment than when they’re crammed together. Overlapping teeth trap plaque bacteria and food debris which lead to decay and gum irritation. Properly spaced teeth are easy to clean with a toothbrush or floss and are thus more likely to be healthy.
Crooked teeth also put uneven tension on your gums. This leads to gum recession which worsens the effects of gum disease.
Braces Can Lower Your Risk of Periodontitis
Orthodontic treatment frees up space between your teeth and reduces tension on the gums. Even a short treatment period can make a difference in your oral health. Wearing braces or an orthodontic retainer may seem uncomfortable or inconvenient at times. But it’ll all be worth it in the end when you have healthy teeth and gums that are easy to keep clean.
Can Braces Make Your Gums Healthier?
Your teeth and gums may stand to benefit from braces if in addition to crooked teeth you have:
See a dentist in your area for a gum health and orthodontic evaluation to see if braces are right for you.
Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth, GA 30102
A fairly common occurrence in the mouth is the existence of extra bone development along the outside or inside of the jawline near the teeth, or in the roof of…
Lingual frenectomy and lingual frenuloplasty are both dental procedures used to correct a condition called ankyloglossia. Ankylogloassia, more commonly known as ‘tied tongue’, is an abnormality of the lingual frenulum….
Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option for many people who would not or cannot tolerate dentistry in a traditional dental setting. Many people have a fear of visiting the dentist,…