Of course, we know that we can keep our teeth healthy if we brush twice a day, floss daily and visit our dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. However, there are also other ways you might not think of to keep our smiles in tip-top shape. Did you know that straight teeth contribute to an overall healthy mouth? It’s true. People with straighter teeth have a less likely chance of developing gum disease, cavities and even tooth wear.
Straight Teeth Prevent Cavities
It’s true. When teeth are straight, with adequate spacing between teeth, the chance of cavities between teeth is reduced. When teeth are crowded, bacteria can accumulate in various crevices, contributing to the risk for cavities. In addition, when contacts between teeth are loose, or there is too much space, bacteria can be trapped, leading to a cavity.
Straight Teeth Prevent Gingivitis
In the same logic, if crowded and crooked teeth can cause cavities, they can also cause gum disease. Due to the accumulation of bacteria build-up, and the difficulty with cleaning it away, gum disease in the form of gingivitis and periodontitis can occur. In particular, spots that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush or floss will be prone to gingivitis.
Straight Teeth Prevent Wear/ Chips
Teeth that are misaligned are much more likely to chip, wear down and fracture with time. This is also true with a bite, or “occlusion,” which is out of place. Biting forces are applied in the wrong spots and contribute to tooth on tooth trauma over time. Braces or Invisalign can help align teeth and correct the bite to prevent unnecessary wear.
Straight Teeth are Easier to Clean
Your brushing and flossing routine is also made easier and more accessible when you have straight teeth. There are fewer tricky areas to reach, and getting the brush bristles down to the gum line is more manageable. Think about it this way, when teeth are out of line, and you run your brush along the front surface of the teeth, will the toothbrush reach each tooth in the same way? When teeth are aligned, it is much easier to access each tooth.
Straight Teeth Prevent Tooth Injuries
If the front teeth are out of position and forward-leaning, they will be more prone to an injury during sports if hit. If teeth are misaligned, they are more prone to injuries from trauma. Straight teeth and a proper bite prevents injuries from sports, especially when paired with a sportsguard or mouthguard.
If you are interested in straightening your teeth and discussing options, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.