Perhaps there is more to ‘Bad British Teeth’ than a petty joke. According to NHS, one in three children in the UK has bad or crooked teeth. Looking at the startling figure, ‘Bad British Teeth’ may have lost all humour.
The statistic serves as a reminder for parents to be more proactive with their child’s oral health, such as seeking orthodontic treatments. Braces were designed not just to straighten teeth, but also to improve overall oral health, Monkmoor Dental Practice explains.
Patients should consider these treatment options before the consequences take a harsh turn. Crooked or misaligned teeth put you at a high risk for all other oral problems. The damage creates a chain effect that reaches all corners of the mouth and contributes to tooth decay and gum disease.
Misalignment may lead to overcrowding, and overcrowded teeth are difficult to brush properly. It requires more effort to clean away the bacteria on the teeth’s surface, increasing your risk for tartar, and eventually decay. Or worse, tooth loss.
Crooked teeth also expose your mouth to trauma, in the form of a traumatic occlusion. Due to the teeth’s irregularities, you’re likely to exert excessive force on the teeth when biting, making the teeth and surrounding gums more vulnerable to injuries.
Crooked teeth put gums in harm’s way, literally. A severe overbite forces your front teeth to come in contact with the gum tissue on the upper teeth. This causes irritation, redness and swelling. Meanwhile, if a tooth is anteriorly placed, the gums surrounding it may recede.
Because the teeth are hard to clean properly, they make you more prone to gingivitis, an early form of gum disease. If neglected, gingivitis may gradually advance into periodontitis. Experts have linked periodontitis with other systemic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Crooked teeth are as much of an effect as they are a cause. If you have them now, do not wait for them to become the latter. Talk to your dentist about your options.