Five Ways Bad Teeth Could Affect Your Health

Bad Teeth Bad teeth are often a source of embarrassment and even low self-esteem. Whilst the effect of crooked, yellowed, or missing teeth on your confidence cannot be denied, they often fall second only to the overall effects such problems may have on your health.

Here are a few ways your bad teeth may be affecting you, and why a dental prosthesis is your best bet in preventing them.

Your digestion may suffer

Your crooked teeth may not grind your food properly or evenly. Missing teeth are worse, of course, as your remaining teeth are forced to compensate. You might not chew your food properly, and so your digestion is affected, even if you don’t notice it.

You may be at risk of developing heart disease

When you have misaligned teeth, it may be harder to clean them with regular brushing and flossing. The food debris you cannot remove may cause bacteria to form and you can develop plaque.

Plaque may also form deep in your gums when you have missing teeth. This plaque may end up in your bloodstream and reach your heart, where it may wreak havoc on your heart health.

Your crooked teeth may break

Misaligned teeth are often under more strain than normal because they do not form a complete or perfect bite. Due to this strain, they are more at risk of breaking or chipping. Eventually, your teeth may appear even worse or start to cause you discomfort.

Your posture may be affected

There is no direct correlation between posture and misaligned teeth. However, you may feel embarrassed by the state of your teeth, and you could develop a habit of stooping and avoiding people’s eyes. You may also start covering your mouth when you speak, laugh or smile.

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You may be at risk of developing dementia

Bad or missing teeth are a magnet for plaque-causing bacteria. If the bacteria that break off from your gums and teeth find their way to your brain, you may be at risk of developing dementia later in life.

These are only a few of the ways bad teeth could affect you. To prevent these from happening, you could keep to a regular oral care regimen: brushing twice, flossing once daily, gargling with mouthwash, and seeing your dentist every six months for cleaning.

Talk to your dentist about teeth alignment options or the right dental prosthesis to replace missing teeth. You could also check whether your insurance covers such services. See your dentist about any dental issues you may have today.