By Dr. Satish Pai, DDS, Guest Blogger for the BodyMind Institute
Founder: Putnam Orthodontics
Did you know that there exists a connection between oral health and overall health? Your oral hygiene is a window to your overall health. Our mouths are breeding grounds for bacteria--some are harmless, but some are disease-causing. If your oral health is at its best, then probably there is nothing to worry about, but if you do not have good oral hygiene, harmful bacteria can thrive and cause serious problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Some bacteria can travel to other parts of the body and be the cause of chronic diseases which affects our immune systems. It is therefore imperative that we take oral health care seriously, as it has a deep correlation to our overall body health.
How Does Good Oral Health Help Improve Your Overall Health?
How Does Orthodontic Treatment Help in Maintaining Oral Health?
Orthodontic treatment not only gives you a beautiful smile but also a healthier mouth. It is difficult to clean crowded or crooked teeth, which eventually leads to tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. This causes extra stress on chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome, and neck and back complications. If your dentist thinks that you should see a specialist for the treatment, he or she will refer you to an orthodontist.
An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the analysis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The objective of orthodontics is to treat malocclusion (bad bite) with the help of braces, corrective procedures, and other appliances to straighten teeth and correct jaw alignment. Though treatments are personalized depending on the conditions of the patients, most of the patients wear braces for 1 to 3 years. The Orthodontist then suggests wearing a retainer post-treatment, which helps to hold the teeth in their new position.
The patient may face a little discomfort during the treatment, but these days braces are more comfortable than ever before. The materials which are used today require very little pressure and adjustments.
Orthodontic treatment not only gives you better facial symmetry, but it also improves your overall health.