A Look at the Dangers of Leaving Oral Malocclusions Untreated

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If your teeth are not in ideal alignment, you likely have oral malocclusions. A malocclusion is any instance of uneven teeth placement in the mouth. Teeth that are too crowded together or those that are spread too far apart are both examples of oral malocclusions. While the cosmetic complications of this problem can be evident in many cases, significant oral health issues can result from malocclusions as well. To avoid the following concerns, consult a dentist about your orthodontic choices.

Risk of Deteriorated Enamel
If the teeth are not in correct alignment, they may not come together as needed when biting and chewing. Should the teeth rub against each other during these activities, they may wear off tooth enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced once removed from the tooth surface, and its absence can increase the occurrence of cavities. Without the protective barrier that enamel provides, bacteria can more easily erode teeth.

Potential for Jaw Pain
The jaw joint is largely responsible for the chewing motion that occurs during every meal. If malocclusions prevent health biting and chewing function, they can place undue stress on the jaw joint. Over time, the lubrication and cartilage that normally protect the joint can diminish, causing discomfort. Like tooth enamel, these important components of the joint cannot replenish themselves once depleted.

Onset of Periodontal Disease
In some cases, oral malocclusions make it challenging to execute proper oral hygiene. Crooked or crowded teeth may prevent access to every part of a tooth that requires daily brushing and flossing. As a result, plaque can build on the tooth surface, which may lead to gum disease. When left untreated, this condition can eventually cause tooth loss.

Let Oak Creek Dental Care help you achieve a dazzling and healthy smile. Our team of dentists offers effective and easy orthodontic care for those in the greater Columbus community. To make an appointment regarding how we can enhance your smile, call (614) 882-5525.

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