crooked teeth affect oral health

How Do Crooked Teeth Affect Your Oral Health?

Crooked teeth can have a variety of causes, from genetics to thumb-sucking or even malnutrition. Unfortunately, if left untreated, crooked teeth can negatively impact your oral health and give rise to new oral problems. Some of these problems are briefly discussed below.

Key takeaways:

Crooked teeth are difficult to clean and are therefore at a greater risk of developing plaque which over time builds up and hardens into tartar. Both plaque and tartar can cause gum disease.

Crooked teeth can increase your risk for bruxism or teeth grinding. Bruxism can lead to fractures in your tooth enamel that can cause or accelerate tooth decay.

Crooked teeth can also place a great deal of stress on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which can lead to jaw pain, headaches, speech problems and stress.

Talk to your dentist about your crooked teeth and discuss treatment options.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.