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Straight Teeth, Better Health

Straight teeth are something that almost everyone (with very rare exception) would love to have; and if they do have straight teeth, those fortunate individuals can be proud of them. Sadly, not everyone has been blessed with perfect teeth and a stunning smile. There are any number of reasons for this occurrence.

But in addition to feeling somewhat embarrassed by a less than perfect smile, crooked and unhealthy teeth can lead to more problems than just dental. Your overall health can be adversely affected by an unhealthy mouth. If you have straight teeth and healthy gums, you can be a healthier individual.

Let’s take a look at how straight teeth can improve not only your self-confidence but your health, as well.

Straight Teeth Are Easier to Clean

When teeth are crooked, food particles can get caught in between them, making it hard to really clean your teeth well. That’s going to mean plaque buildup. By getting your teeth straightened, you will be able to better care for them on a complete and regular basis. Today, there are a number of different methods of straightening teeth, so check with your dentist and orthodontist.

If you have had braces, or know someone who has, you know the challenges they can put forth. Trying to get all of the trapped food out from between wires and brackets is maddening. And that food can eventually lead to tooth decay because of the plaque that builds up. Thanks to advanced methods and modern technology, there is a little something called Invisalign. With this method of tooth straightening, you can floss and brush your teeth just like you normally would, because the aligners are removable.

Healthy Gums and Healthy Teeth

If your teeth are too widely spaced or are too crowded, one result can be red, swollen gums. If you are suffering from red, swollen gums, you could be in the early stages of periodontal disease — or at the very least, gingivitis (a mild form of gum disease). However, you can provide the best defense against potential problems related to periodontal issues by creating a strong and healthy environment in your mouth. Your gums will more securely fit snugly around your teeth if your teeth are properly aligned. Once again, there are a number of ways to straighten teeth so that your gums can snuggly encase them at their base.

How Crooked Teeth Affect Your Health

If the health of your body were reviewable through a window, that window would be your teeth and gums. It says a lot about your overall health, the way you look when you smile. It is more likely that you are taking care of your entire body if it is evident that you are taking good care of your teeth.

Bacteria causes gum disease and tooth decay. If you don’t get those treated, they can cause possible tooth loss, bad breath, bleeding or tender gums, mouth sores, and more. Studies now show that a plethora of negative health conditions can arise from oral infections. Here are some of those:

  • Diabetes
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease

Getting your teeth straightened can help keep your body healthy and alleviate other issues such as increased tooth enamel wear, jaw problems, chewing or speech difficulties, and an improper bite.

Now, not only do you know that suffering from crooked teeth can be hazardous to your overall health, you know that suffering from crooked teeth is not incurable. With modern, advanced dentistry and orthodontics, and a variety of ways through which to straighten teeth, no one should have to suffer through crooked teeth (or the problems that can arise because of them) ever again.

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