There are many issues which may be handled by your family dentist, and one of the most common deals with misaligned teeth. Whether crooked or misaligned in another way, these misshapen teeth can lead to several issues in the mouth and gums.
At Caring Smiles Dental Clinic, misaligned teeth are one of several issues we service. Let’s look at the various negative results you can find from untreated misaligned teeth.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is one of the most common results of crooked or misaligned teeth. Gum disease mostly forms due to bacteria becoming plaque in our mouths, and badly shaped teeth leave much more room for this kind of thing to happen. It can be much more difficult to reach some of the tougher areas with misaligned teeth, leaving havens for bacteria to grow.
One common form of misaligned teeth is protruding bottom teeth, which can often rub against upper teeth. This rubbing can create waring of tooth enamel over time, which leads to a whole new set of issues.
Risk of tooth injury is also much greater, especially in protruding upper teeth. These teeth are far more likely to crack or chip in the case of trauma to the head or an accident.
Part of the reason many of these conditions develop is the difficulty that misaligned teeth create in cleaning the mouth. Toothbrush bristles and floss have a tough time reaching some of the harder areas, which makes it more likely that bacteria grows in these areas. This can be true for both self-care at home and professional dental care, though your dentist should have the tools to solve many of these issues.
Protruding teeth often lead to chewing issues, mostly from rubbing together in a way that prevents normal alignment. This can lead to mouth and gum issues, but also to digestive issues when food isn’t broken down entirely.
In a related issue, breath can often be much worse for people with misaligned teeth. These same bacteria which cause other issues can also lead to negative stenches, which tend to get worse over time and can become chronic conditions in some cases.
Want to learn more about misaligned teeth or any of our other family dentist services? Speak to the staff at Caring Smiles Dental Clinic today.