How Do Straight Teeth Improve Oral Health?

 Azarko Marketing  Thursday, June 30, 2016

Many people think that orthodontic treatment is only intended to provide aesthetic benefits. While straightening your teeth to improve your confidence and self-esteem is definitely worth it, orthodontic treatments have the added benefit of improving your dental and oral health as well.

Our dentists in South and West Edmonton we have noticed that straight teeth can lead to improved oral health because:

- They are easier to clean

A big part of maintaining good oral health is proper brushing and flossing. Teeth that are crooked or misaligned, however, are more difficult to thoroughly brush and correctly floss. There may be some areas that are more difficult to reach with your toothbrush and your floss not be making good contact with each tooth.

- They are less susceptible to cavities

Because straight teeth are more easily brushed and flossed, it is less likely that you'll be leaving bits of food behind after cleaning them. When food particles get trapped between teeth they become a food source for plaque-causing bacteria, eventually leading to cavities and possibly even tooth decay.

- They make for healthier gums

Not only can straight teeth improve dental health, but they are important for good gum health as well. Gums fit better around straight teeth than around crooked, crowded, or widely spaced teeth. Misaligned teeth can result in red and swollen gums, making them more susceptible to gum disease.

- They are less susceptible to injury

Finally, straight teeth are less likely to become injured or to cause injury to other parts of your face. Teeth which stick out because they are out of alignment are more likely to become broken or chipped, and a misaligned bite can lead to problems such as headaches, jaw pain, and wear and tear on the surrounding teeth.

The Link Between Poor Oral and Overall Health

As every aspect of our health is closely tied to healthy functioning of our whole bodies, it should come as no surprise that poor oral health has been linked to a number of other health conditions, mostly in regards to the body's inflammatory response.

Poor oral health often results in gum disease, and gum disease provokes the body's natural inflammatory response. When left untreated for a prolonged period of time, however, the inflammation can aggravate and even contribute to the development of other inflammatory health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and complications during pregnancy.

Find Out About Your Tooth Straightening Options in Edmonton Today

The good news is that maintaining good oral health can help to prevent and even play a role in reversing the above mentioned conditions. If you are interested in improving your oral health by straightening your teeth, then ask the Edmonton dentists at one of the dental clinics of the Azarko Dental Group about our orthodontic treatment options such as Invisalign.

You can request an appointment to see a dentist at one of our two Edmonton locations today, and we'll help you figure out what tooth straightening option is best for you.