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Do Crooked Teeth Cause Tooth Decay?


There are a lot of misconceptions about crooked teeth. Some people believe that they’re “not a big deal” and that they’re “merely cosmetic.” In reality, crooked teeth can lead to a host of negative problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, self-consciousness about one’s appearance, and an increased risk of breaking a tooth due to strain on the muscles, jaws and teeth.

For starters, let’s take a closer look at the issue of crooked teeth and how they increase the risk of tooth decay. When teeth are crooked, it’s more difficult to keep them clean. Tooth brush bristles have a harder time cleaning in difficult-to-reach places, and flossing can become next to impossible when teeth are close and tight, causing food and bacteria to get trapped. This of course, can affect one’s oral health.

As a natural result, the individual with crooked teeth is at an increased risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. Both tooth decay and gingivitis can lead to tooth loss. So clearly, crooked teeth are FAR MORE than a cosmetic issue. If someone has severely crooked teeth and they do not get braces, they are at risk of having a lot more dental problems throughout their lifetime, especially as they get older.

Do you have crooked teeth? If so, we would want to perform an exam and take X-rays to ensure you are not already experiencing signs of gingivitis and tooth decay. After you received any necessary dental care, we would refer you to an orthodontist.

Treatments for Crooked Teeth

Since each person’s situation is different, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to crooked teeth. For some patients, all they need is to be fitted for a removable retainer. For those with overcrowding, they may need to have one or more teeth removed. For most people with crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, they need braces to fully correct the problem.

If you have crooked teeth, it’s never too late to get the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. It doesn’t matter if you’re 25, 45, or 60, you can enjoy a beautifully straight smile and a healthier mouth.

To schedule a dental exam with our Ventura Dentist, contact us today!

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