Malocclusion, which is the technical term for a bad bite, can affect your overall oral health. Your oral health is linked to your overall health, which makes it possible for malocclusion to cause systemic issues for your body. A misaligned bite can include crooked and crowded teeth that make cleaning the mouth difficult. Not being able to properly clean a smile can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and possibly tooth loss. Malocclusion can create issues with chewing and speaking, can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and can lead to problems with your jaw. A problematic bite can adversely affect your oral and overall health.
How Does Malocclusion Happen?
Malocclusion can start appearing in children as young as five years of age. At this age, it can be caused by improper functional habits such as breathing through mouth, thumb sucking, thrusting of tongue and reverse swallowing. There are also allergies and enlarged tonsils that have been known to contribute to the formation of a misaligned smile. It can be genetic or caused by an imbalance between the jaw ridges or teeth. It can occur later in life because of premature tooth loss.
Negative Impacts On Your Health
Malocclusion can increase your risk of gum disease, and having gum disease can increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and more. Gum disease occurs when there is a plaque accumulation along and beneath the gums. Crooked teeth allow for more accumulation to occur. This buildup of bacteria also increases your risk of developing tooth decay. Imbalance in your bite can lead to excess friction between your teeth leading to possible damage or decay. It can also put excessive strain on the joints of your jaw, which can lead to a chronic jaw disorder known as TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder can involve chronic headaches, pain, jaw popping or locking, and grinding of your teeth.
A bad bite can have negative consequences.
Malocclusion can be treated. To schedule a consultation, call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846. We serve adults, teens, and children from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.