Many dental patients in Iowa come to their dentists with aesthetic concerns regarding their smile, and it’s often the main reason patients schedule a dental appointment when they worry about tooth crowding.
Taking your tooth problem head on yields many benefits that impact the beauty of your smile and your overall health.
Today, we’re discussing 10 reasons to fix your crowded teeth and keep your smile looking its best.
Gum disease prevention
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an inflammation of the gums that can cause infection. If left unchecked, gum disease can damage and destroy the jawbone and gum tissue.
It will also cause you to lose your teeth.
When you have crowded teeth, it’s harder to keep them clean therefore there are plenty of areas in your mouth where food particles can get trapped and bacteria can run rampant. It’s this bacteria that causes gum disease.
The good news is brushing and flossing can remove a lot of the bacteria and plaque from your teeth. However, the plaque that isn’t removed hardens into tartar that has to be removed by your dental technician.
Visit your family dentist at least twice a year to prevent plaque from spreading beneath the gum line where it can affect the tissues and bones that support your teeth.
Oral hygiene concerns
Struggling to clean your teeth can lead to more than gum disease. It can actually heighten your risk of tooth decay and cavities. Brushing and flossing get a lot easier when your teeth are straight and you can access the space between them. A team like Joyner Dental Arts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa will ensure your teeth are straight, properly aligned, and clean.
Did you know that a bad bite (malocclusion) can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear down abnormally and prematurely?
Because crowded teeth don’t line up with their counterparts on the opposite jaw, areas of the teeth touch when they shouldn’t. As a result, there are unnatural wear patterns taking place throughout your smile that can lead to cracked or fractured teeth.
Increased dental trauma risk
Tooth crowding can cause one or more of your teeth to protrude from normal alignment, which leaves you more susceptible to dental trauma. If you take a blow to the face while playing sports or during another type of incident, it can cause serious trouble.
Protruding teeth are also more prone to chipping and cracking if hit, therefore we recommend wearing a mouth guard. Schedule your dental appointment with Joyner Dental Arts today and we’ll help you get fitted for a quality mouth guard.
Cracking and breaking teeth
Tooth crowding strains your teeth, jaws, and muscles because crowded teeth don’t touch each other as evenly as they should. When your teeth don’t align properly they don’t achieve the correct force distribution while biting and chewing, therefore you’re at a higher risk of breaking a tooth.
Having crowded teeth makes it difficult for your teeth to have proper contact with each other. As a result, you may chew your food improperly, which can lead to issues elsewhere in your body. Large pieces of food may enter your stomach and intestines because you’re unable to chew it into smaller pieces and that can lead to digestive trouble.
Overall health concerns
Your mouth is an important part of the body because what happens there can create issues elsewhere in your body. For instance, crowded teeth can lead to:
- Chronic headaches
- Neck pain
- Jaw pain
- Pain in the facial muscles
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology have discovered that oral infections caused by bacteria buildup can lead to more serious health issues such as:
- Heart disease
The more crowded your teeth are the greater the chance of bacteria buildup.
Tooth crowding can prevent your tongue from forming word properly. Without the freedom to make natural motions, you may have trouble pronouncing certain sounds such as “t” “s” and “ch.”
Fortunately, the team at Joyner Dental Arts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa can address your tooth crowding concerns and get your teeth into proper alignment.
You may feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, but tooth crowding leads to other unpleasant issues such as bad breath.
When oral bacteria is left on your teeth and gums after you eat it leads to bad breath. Having crowded teeth on top of that means there are all sorts of nooks and crannies where bits of food can get caught, therefore your bad breath will increase.
Reduced self-esteem and lower confidence
Your smile is the first thing people notice about you. You don’t have to cover your mouth when you smile or laugh or adjust the way you speak anymore.
Let the family dental experts at Joyner Dental Arts help you create your perfect smile. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and we’ll talk more about how to achieve a more attractive smile.