Orthodontics and Overall Health
Many people think orthodontists are dentistry’s plastic surgeons – that braces are a luxury and not a need
But straight teeth don’t just improve a patient’s physical appearance; they also impact an individual’s overall wellbeing.
Proof of the connection between oral health and overall health is in the numbers.
More than two million schooldays and four million workdays are lost in Canada every year due to dental visits and dental sick days, According to Statistics Canada.
Braces can both prevent and relieve health problems. Here’s how:
Battle Tooth Decay
It might sound basic, but straight teeth are easier to clean. When a person can’t brush or floss his or her teeth, plaque builds up and the risk of gum disease and/or tooth decay increases.
Prevent Serious Illness
Scientists have found links between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes, dementia and arthritis.
Harmful bacteria travelling from the mouth to other parts of the body is to blame, according to researchers. However, additional studies still need to be performed to find out more.
Protect Mouth and Teeth
Crossbite, overbite, underbite, open bite – these terms describe teeth that are misaligned. In technical terms, it’s called malocclusion of the teeth.
Teeth that lack proper alignment don’t function properly, causing people to bite their cheeks and tongues more frequently and even chip and damage their teeth.
Misaligned teeth can be corrected at any age. However, treatment is often shorter and less expensive when the patient is a child.
Do you notice a popping or grinding sound when you open your mouth? Do you have frequent headaches? If so, your jaw might be misaligned.
Many headache sufferers don’t realize that chronic jaw displacement can cause compression of the jaw joint and spine, causing headaches and migraines. Orthodontic treatment can help.
For more information on the health benefits of braces, contact OrthoArts today.