It’s no surprise that people who have perfectly aligned teeth exude confidence, but did you know that they are less likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, and a stroke as well? Most people are amazed to discover that there are health benefits associated with having straight teeth aside from feeling confident when showing off their pearly whites.
Top Five Health Benefits of Having Straight Teeth
It is important to acknowledge that having a healthy smile is not only about feeling proud of your appearance, but also knowing that it will better your day-to-day life. Investing in your smile is beneficial for so many different reasons. Below are the top 5 health benefits associated with having straight teeth:
- Did you know that if your teeth are improperly spaced out it puts you at a higher risk for periodontal disease? When your teeth are straight, it allows your gums to fit perfectly around each tooth; reducing the space between each tooth lowers the risk of having inflamed, red, or irritated gums which are all signs of gum disease.
- Maintaining oral health isn’t always easy, but with straight teeth, it makes it easier to brush and floss, and this will reduce your chances of getting cavities or plaque build up which in return can cause tooth loss. Let’s be honest, nobody wants to lose a tooth as an adult because they were unable to properly clean their teeth.
- Studies show that severe gum disease and tooth decay are associated with heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. When your teeth are crooked or misaligned it makes it hard to properly clean each tooth including the gum area, putting you at a higher risk for decay and gum disease. Alignment issues and crooked teeth can easily be fixed by visiting your orthodontist, further reducing your chances of having any of the health issues stated above which are all directly associated with the inability to properly clean your teeth because of their placement in your mouth.
- Another surprising health benefit to having straight teeth is the reduction of headaches and neck pain that is caused by pressure put on the jaw due to misalignment issues. This pressure can come from a number of things but one of the most prominent issues is caused by teeth grinding. If your teeth are aligned, it will not only lessen the intensity of the grinding but it could potentially eliminate it altogether because the teeth will now fit properly in the mouth.
- Teeth that jut out instead of aligning with one another are also at a higher risk for chipping. Having to deal with a chipped tooth is painful, time consuming when we consider time spent at the Orthodontist, expensive, and also puts you at risk of feeling embarrassed to show your teeth altogether.
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Going to the Orthodontist can be scary, but not going could be even worse. In all reality the amount of time it takes to get straight teeth is minute in the grand scheme of things. With all of this new information about the health benefits of having straight teeth, it almost makes us wonder why not everyone has hopped on the bandwagon. It seems to be more important for our health to have straight teeth and an aligned jaw, than to just leave them crooked.
A beautiful and healthy smile now means so much more than just a representation of someone’s mood or confidence: to have a healthy smile also means you have a healthier body.
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