In the spirit of self-improvement month, we will discuss how braces can prevent periodontal disease and improve your oral health.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an oral infection that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth. In periodontitis, the gums become swollen and give the teeth unstable roots.
How Can Braces Help Prevent Periodontal Disease?
When your teeth are misaligned, they often overlap and become crooked or crowded. This can leave uneven and unhealthy gaps between teeth. This causes difficulties in brushing teeth, and the gaps become a breeding ground for bacteria. A film of plaque forms on the teeth which then harden, making your teeth and gums a vulnerable target for diseases. Food particles can easily get stuck in the tiny crevices between the teeth.
Poor oral health can soon lead to tooth loss. A set of braces can help you align your teeth perfectly and improve your oral hygiene. While getting braces attached, your gums and teeth may suffer slight pain. Luckily, gum massage is a useful technique to reduce the pain inflicted by braces’ installment.
Another reason to get braces to help with periodontal disease is that they can help restructure your jaw. The periodontal disease poses the danger of harming not only your mouth but can also cause jawbone erosion. By getting braces, you can help strengthen your jaw to prevent a host of other internal diseases associated with periodontal disease.
Although periodontal disease isn’t necessarily caused by crooked teeth or malocclusions, the treatment still requires careful installment of quality braces. An important point to note here is to be mindful of the severity of the disease. If teeth are about to fall, then braces may do more damage than good. Therefore, we advise that you visit a periodontist who can suggest a suitable treatment for your condition. Book a free consultation today.