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Dangers of Living with Teeth Malocclusions

Posted on 8/21/2023 by Water's Edge Dental
Dangers of Living with Teeth MalocclusionsTeeth malocclusions can affect one's self-confidence and image. In fact, many people believe that a crooked smile can affect their career goals. In addition to aesthetic concerns, malocclusions can impact your oral health. The jaws and teeth work together to allow you to speak and eat comfortably. If they do not align, they can cause oral health issues such as:

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Crowded teeth and space between them create extra nooks and corners, making it difficult to clean the teeth. This allows bacteria to thrive and build up in the spaces, making you vulnerable to gum disease and tooth decay. If left untreated, these oral conditions can harm your oral health. For instance, untreated tooth decay leads to infections and tooth loss. The infections spread to various areas in the mouth, including the gums. Over time, gums and bone may deteriorate, exposing the tooth roots. At this point, you will likely experience sensitivity, pain, and tooth abscess that can lead to tooth loss.


Teeth misalignments prevent the jaws from functioning properly. This puts more pressure on the muscles and joints of the jaws, increasing the likelihood of teeth grinding and clenching. In most cases, bruxism is an unconscious habit. Hence, you may not realize that you are grinding your teeth. Despite this, this habit can affect your oral health. It can lead to broken or cracked teeth, and if left untreated, it can result in tooth decay, gum recession, bone deterioration, and tooth loosening.

Bad Breath

As you know, teeth malocclusions can make it challenging to maintain good oral hygiene. This increases the chances of plaque building up between the teeth and along the gum line. If left untreated, bacteria in the plaque will produce toxins that cause bad breath. Schedule a consultation with our dentists today and learn more about different types of teeth malocclusions and how to fix them.

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