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How Crooked Teeth Can Affect Your Health

How Crooked Teeth Can Affect Your Health

Having straight teeth contributes to more than your self-confidence — it plays a large role in your health overall. According to studies by the American Dental Association, crooked teeth is linked to serious health complications such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.

Strain

When teeth don’t fit together comfortably, it places strain on the jaw structure and surrounding teeth. This leads to chipping, wearing, headaches and earaches. The pressure on your jaw could also lead to severe pain in the jaw and neck. What’s more, this strain can lead to the development of TMD, or temporomandibular disorders — symptoms include severe pain and discomfort in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear.

Bacteria

Crowded teeth prevents proper care, which leads to tartar build up. The bacteria infects the tissue around the tooth and leads to periodontal (gum) disease.

Gum disease

Gum disease has been linked to other health concerns, such as:

  • Heart attacks — Bacteria finds its way into your bloodstream, circulates inside your blood, damages the lining of your blood vessels which then develops into clots, making you susceptible to heart attacks
  • Stroke — research suggests gum disease limits the amount of blood that flows to the brain, causing strokes
  • Low baby birth rates — Studies have shown that women who have periodontal disease are more likely to give birth to premature babies
  • Diabetes — When gums are infected, it becomes difficult for blood sugar levels to become stable

Misalignments

Some types of misalignments that can develop into serious health risks are:

  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Deepbite
  • Teeth gaps
  • Crowded teeth
  • Edge to edge bite

Treatments such as Invisalign greatly reduces the health risks a crooked smile poses.

For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please contact us at (780)705-0266. Dr. David Yu is located in Edmonton, AB and is a Preferred Invisalign provider.

Flossing With Invisalign

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Fact one: Flossing is more important than brushing your teeth when it comes to preventing gum disease and tooth loss.

Fact two: Your Invisalign treatment becomes pointless if your teeth fall out.

When it comes to hygiene habits, flossing ranks extremely high — yet, a recent study released by the American Dental Association showed that only 50.5 percent of Americans floss daily and 18.5 percent don’t bother to floss at all.

Flossing isn’t just about removing visible chunks of food — it’s also about getting rid of plaque, the film of bacteria that forms on teeth. Over time, this bacteria will produce acids that will destroy tooth enamel and develop on the roots under your gums to break down the bone supporting your teeth. So in short — if you don’t floss thoroughly, you can develop periodontitis, gingivitis, halitosis (bad breath) and eventually lose your teeth.

Even more horrifying news — since Invisalign is form fitted, food particles and plaque can get trapped inside your aligners, increasing your overall risk for dental problems down the road.

Ideally, you should floss after every meal to ensure a clean mouth before you place your aligners back in your mouth, but at the very least, floss once a day.

So, how does one properly floss?

Start with about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two to work with
Hold it taut and slide it gently up and down between your teeth
Curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure to go beneath the gum line
Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth

If this isn’t enough to convince you to floss daily to make sure your teeth are gleaming after treatment, then just refer to the ol’ dentist adage:

Only floss the teeth you want to keep.