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Malaligned teeth and periodontal disease

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Dental Problems, Family Dental, News, San Mateo Pediatric Dentistry

Maloccclusion affects 70% of American.  If you have malocclusion, it may affect your periodontal health, because it is difficult to remove plaque when teeth are not aligned.  Periodontal disease can begin as gum redness or bleeding while brushing your teeth or using dental floss, and you may notice halitosis, or bad breath.  If not treated, gum inflammation can become worse, leading to soft tissue damage, receding gums, the formation of pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.

THE PROGRESSION OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE

When teeth are crowded, plaque with harmful bacteria can attach to the tooth surface down to the bottom of the pocket.  Plaque can be difficult to remove from crowded areas because it is difficult to brush and floss here.  Bacteria can cause gum tissue surrounding the tooth to degrade, and if not treated, result in bone loss.

MALALIGNED TEETH AND PERIODONTAL DISEASE

WEAR AND TRAUMA

Poorly aligned teeth can also create unnatural stress and pressure on teeth and jaws.  Teeth that are subject to excessive pressure can develop chipping and notches at the gum line called abractions.  Premature wear can lead to poor root support, loose teeth and eventually, tooth loss.

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