Can Crowded Teeth Cause Problems?

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Although imperfect teeth are a concern for many who want a beautiful smile, there are also important health issues associated with improper dental care for crowded teeth.

Difficulty Brushing Properly

Brushing and flossing should clean as much surface area of the teeth as possible to prevent the buildup of plaque and problematic bacteria. However, when teeth are overcrowded, it can compromise the spacing between them and reduce the amount of surface area that can be cleaned. This can lead to gum disease and tooth decay without proper treatment to align the teeth, such as braces.

Increased Risk of Bad Breath

Because of the difficulty brushing and maintaining thorough oral hygiene for crowded teeth, this condition may result in halitosis, or bad breath. This is a result of the bacterial buildup between teeth and in hard-to-reach spaces.

Wearing Down Teeth

Crowding in the mouth may result in the misalignment of teeth as one tooth pushes another out of place. This can result in teeth becoming worn more quickly or in improper places during everyday chewing. This extra wear and tear on the enamel can lead to pain and complications such as chips or fractures down the road. This can also result in improper bite stress, adding strain to the jaw.

Effects on the Whole Body

Due to the implications on the jaw, overcrowded teeth can result in chronic stress headaches, neck and jaw pain, and constant clenching. This could lead to jaw complications requiring orthognathic surgery. It can also reduce one’s ability to properly chew food, therefore possibly causing complications with the stomach, intestines, and entire digestive system.

Increased Risk of Heart Disease

Finally, overcrowded teeth could be a cause for concern due to the connection between gum disease and heart health. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology have both released studies linking excess oral bacteria to heart disease and stroke. Because crowded teeth are a breeding ground for bacteria, they may be a cause of concern with regards to heart health.

In addition to health concerns, many simply want to move their overcrowded teeth for cosmetic purposes. No matter your goal, Henry Advanced Orthodontics can help both adults and children improve the appearance and health of their smile. For more information, call us today at 904-429-0095.