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How Straighter Teeth Promote Oral Health

teeth, health, smile, dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthOrthodontic treatment is highly sought after by large numbers of people. The treatment is not just for good looks but it is also for straight healthy teeth. Straight teeth are critical for a healthy mouth and to help reduce the risk of many dental health issues.


The following are ways in which straight teeth are going to contribute to a healthy smile.

Elimination of jaw problems with proper alignment

The temporomandibular (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in the body. The joint connects the lower jaw and the upper jaw and enables chewing and movement of the mouth in various ways.

Any problems with this joint may cause terrible pain. For example, having a malocclusion or misaligned bite will lead to pain in the jaw and the face. If untreated, misaligned bite will lead to chronic pain when speaking and when chewing.

Straight Teeth Are Easier To Clean

Crowded and crooked teeth are difficult to clean. The tight spaces in between teeth often form the perfect areas for accumulation of food debris and plaque and for growth of bacteria. Failure to adequately clean these tight spaces may lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Orthodontic treatment ensures that teeth move into their proper positions. Straight teeth will form the foundation for better oral health since you can brush and floss without issues.

Prevention of Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

Straight teeth will not only make it easy to clean teeth but will also prevent gum disease and tooth decay. People with misaligned teeth will often shy away from getting the necessary treatment to facilitate a healthy smile. These people with crooked or crowded teeth are often self-conscious of their smile and hence the reason they avoid the dentist.

Straight teeth help to make brushing and flossing easier. People with straight teeth will want to take good care of their smiles and will endeavor to seek treatment to maintain them.

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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Dr Catherine Myatt BDS MFGDP(UK)

Cath joined the practice as a dentist in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath...

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