Correcting Your Bite Improves Health

How Correcting Your Bite Can Help Your Overall Health
Posted on 07/29/2019
How Correcting Your Bite Can Help Your Overall Health

How Correcting Your Bite Can Help Your Overall Health

At Lunsford McCaffrey Orthodontics, we're proud to help patients throughout the greater West Palm Beach, FL area achieve beautiful new smiles every single day. When most people consider orthodontic treatment, they think about the most obvious benefit: the drastic improvement in appearance that comes with a straighter smile. But the truth is, straightening your teeth comes with a wide variety of benefits ranging from the aesthetic to the medical. In fact, correcting your bite can even improve your overall health!

The Health Benefits of a New Smile

We all know that a new smile revitalizes your appearance, but the benefits of orthodontic treatment go much deeper than that. In particular, correcting the bite and straightening the teeth can have a protective effect on now only dental, but overall bodily health.

The reason for this is that fundamentally, straight teeth are much easier to keep clean than crooked teeth. The nooks and crannies formed by poorly aligned teeth make the perfect hiding place for food, bacteria, and plaque, and it's more difficult to reach and clean these places if the teeth aren't properly aligned. This means orthodontic malocclusions can increase the risk of plaque build-up, dental decay, and gum disease.

But there's more to the story. Some studies have pointed to a link between oral health problems, particularly gingivitis and periodontal disease, and systemic health problems. The chronic inflammation from periodontal disease may lead to other cardiovascular problems, and some studies have even found bacteria in the heart that contribute to cardiovascular disease to be the same strains found in the gums that cause gingivitis.

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While more research is needed, the link between oral health and general health can't be ignored – and because a straighter smile is easier to keep clean and healthy, that means orthodontic treatment isn't just an investment in your smile: it's an investment in your lifelong health. Contact us today if you have more questions about the health effects of orthodontic treatment, or if you'd like to start towards a new smile of your own, simply request your free consultation online. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a gorgeous new smile and a healthier life!

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