The health of your smile can impact your overall health. Straightening your teeth with orthodontic treatment can help to keep your smile healthy, which can keep help to keep your whole body healthy. Misaligned, crooked teeth can create problems for your oral health that can avalanche into problems for the rest of your body. Gum disease, tooth decay, and TMJ disorder can all affect more than just your smile. Symptoms such as bleeding gums, bad breath, and dry mouth can all be warning signs of problems that go beyond your teeth and gums.
Straighter Teeth Are Easier To Clean
Some of your oral bacteria is normal and healthy. The oral microbiota (community of symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms) is one of the most diverse in your whole body. The good bacteria in your mouth help to balance and defend against the bad bacteria. When food and drink are left in your smile for extended periods of time, it can lead to a buildup of harmful bacteria. This can lead to plaque on your teeth that can lead to tooth decay and erosion. Bacteria along and beneath the gums can cause inflammation and infection. Crooked teeth are harder to keep clean because the overlapping teeth create hiding places for bad bacteria. Straightening teeth can decrease risks of tooth decay and gum disease.
Smile Problems Affecting the Body
The infection and inflammation from gum disease or a decaying tooth can exacerbate existing problems from diabetes, arthritis, or cardiovascular disease. Prolonged problems from advanced periodontitis, the later stage of untreated gum disease, can even increase your chances of developing arthritis, stroke, heart disease, or other systemic health issues affected by inflammation. There have even been some studies that link the development of cancer to some oral bacteria. Did you know that straightening your smile can help to keep your entire body healthier?
Orthodontic treatment may improve your overall health
Ask Dr. Carmona about orthodontic benefits to your health. To schedule a consultation at Lake Country Orthodontics, you can call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846. We serve patients from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.