What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria builds up on the teeth causing health issues for those who suffer from it.

Although many may think periodontal disease is just one specific issue, in reality, it is a combination of major problems. These include Gingivitis and Periodontitis. These issues are often thought of as dental issues, but in some instances, they can be caused by known orthodontic issues.

When a person suffers from crowding of the teeth, impacted rows or too much space between the teeth, the gums can be affected. When this occurs, serious diseases such as gingivitis and bleeding of the gums may become more frequent.

By keeping teeth straight, in their proper position and in an overall healthier state, optimal oral health can be achieved.

What are some of the other benefits of straight teeth?

  • Better cleaning: When the teeth meet each other in an improper manner, such as through an overbite or underbite, it may be more difficult to clean them completely. This can lead to plaque build up, as well as staining of the teeth, especially if braces are already being worn.
  • Clearer speaking capabilities: For some people, crooked or improper teeth spacing can lead to the development of a lisp or other speech impediment. By straightening the teeth, this issue is often corrected, causing people to both talk and smile more often.
  • Enhanced chewing: Food must be chewed and swallowed properly for the best digestion possible. If the teeth are not able to properly bite into food, it may become harder to digest meals.

Overall oral health is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Visit our website to learn more, or schedule an appointment today.

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