Straight Teeth Easier To Keep Clean

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

The best way to prevent gum disease and cavities is to keep bacteria in the mouth to a minimum. Of course, brushing and flossing are important. But, many people do not realize how crowded and crooked teeth can contribute to the growth of oral bacteria.

When teeth are jammed against one another, they create crooks and crevices that are ideal hiding spots for bacteria. These areas are typically more difficult to clean and provide a haven for the accumulation and reproduction of bacteria.

As a Periodontist, I work in unison with a number of Orthodontists. As the Orthodontist straightens teeth, I tend to gum health to help the patient achieve and maintain a healthy smile.

If you have crowded and/or crooked teeth, use extra measures during brushing and flossing to ensure optimal cleaning in those areas. Ideally, you will want to consult with an Orthodontist to determine what is needed to realign your teeth for an attractive, healthy, natural smile.

Call (828) 274-9440 to learn more about maintaining healthy gums while in orthodontic treatment.

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