Are crooked teeth bad for your health?
Crooked teeth and misaligned bite issues can detrimentally affect oral and overall health. Genetics are the most common reason people have crooked teeth and bite issues. It is important to fix tooth alignment issues as soon as they become apparent. Here are some ways that crooked teeth are bad for your health.
1. They interfere with chewing
There is a reason children are taught to chew each bite thoroughly before swallowing. This is because chewing stimulates saliva production, and saliva helps to break down food in a preliminary way so the stomach doesn’t have to do all the work of digestion. If you cannot chew easily or properly, your stomach is overtaxed, which in time can lead to systemic health issues as well.
2. They create problems for oral hygiene
It can be more challenging to brush, floss, and control oral bacteria when teeth are crooked or there is an issue with bite alignment. Some areas may not get brushed or flossed properly, and in time decay and gum issues can arise.
3. There could be increased pressure on your jaw joints, tissues, and muscles
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can be weakened by excessive pressure on the jaw joint. Over time, the joint becomes dysfuntional, causing painful symptoms such as headaches, migraines, earaches, or jaw, neck or shoulder pain.
4. They can make it harder to speak
If crooked teeth are not corrected, over time the crookedness or bite misalignment is likely to worsen. Along with TMJ issues, speech problems can also arise, such as lisping, the inability to project or enunciate properly, or an unwillingness to speak.
5. They can cause self esteem and self confidence issues
When you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, you may not want to smile, to speak, or share yourself with others out of fear they will see your crooked teeth. Because of the emphasis today on physical perfection and outer beauty, having crooked or misaligned teeth has become a significant factor for low self confidence and self esteem in children and adults alike.
By understanding all of the ways that crooked teeth can negatively impact your oral and overall health, it becomes easier to justify taking the time to make the necessary changes that will have a long-term beneficial impact. If you would like to learn more about the problems with crooked teeth and how to straighten them, please contact us.