Why Straight Teeth Help You Avoid Gum Disease – And More!

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

As a Periodontist, I frequently work in conjunction with other dental specialists, many of these being Orthodontists. Straight, properly-aligned teeth do far more than create an appealing smile. I see a number of gum problems that began as a result of crooked teeth.

The tight nooks that crooked teeth provide are an ideal gathering place for oral bacteria. This means you’re more likely to develop plaque in these areas. This buildup leads to Gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal (gum) disease. These are also ideal spots for the formation of cavities.

When teeth are in proper alignment, there is less potential for developing problems such a grinding or clenching teeth during sleep. This disrupts your sleep quality and can result in worn, chipped or broken teeth. Straight teeth also help you avoid jaw joint problems, tooth fractures and gum recession.

With straight teeth, a beautiful smile isn’t the only benefit you’ll receive. A proper bite can save you a tremendously in time and money for future dental repairs and treatment.

To learn more, call (828) 274-9440. We’ll be happy to arrange a periodontal exam if you suspect crowded, crooked teeth have resulted in gum disease.

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