August 31st, 2020
If you’re tripping over your paddleboard as you head out the door to catch the last bit of summer like we are, you probably know that fall is just around the corner. And we are getting our stoke in while there’s still sun to enjoy! Here around the office, we are basking in the smell of fresh paint and mountain views at our brand new location. Pssst...it’s in the Old Mill District if you haven’t heard! Keep tabs on our blog next month for a special photo tour of the space.
But for now, there’s something really high on our list at all times of the year, and that’s your healthy teeth and gums. We want to be real with you, having the perfect smile means much more than just a straight row of white, evenly spaced teeth. It is easy to forget how common problems like teeth overcrowding, bite or alignment issues, and jaw pain can compromise our overall health.
Orthodontists like Dr. Struble and Dr. Crosta care about your holistic health which is why they love teeth. Having properly aligned teeth is about more than just photogenic angles and cosmetic benefits (although those are great!). A healthy bite and gums prevent injury and discomfort to our mouths. Bite issues cause long-term damage and wear to your teeth and even to your heart due to plaque buildup happening in those hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.
Getting a consultation by scheduling an appointment with us is a low-risk way to do the absolute best thing for your oral health. If you are concerned about something, why not check things out now? No need to wait until the Fall to come in and see us. But while we’re waiting, here are a few reasons why getting a healthy smile is about more than just looks:
A healthy and aligned bite affects a lot of things going on in your mouth.
Crossbite, underbite, and overbite are all examples of bite alignment issues that cause stress on your teeth. This includes uneven wearing, chipping or breakage of teeth, and even oral injuries to your gums and side of your mouth! For the long-term, it is a great idea to address bite issues early to give your teeth the best chance of longevity and maintenance.
Straight teeth help you to chew food, aid in digestion and even help you to communicate clearly.
Compounded issues with bite or jaw alignment can make eating food or chewing difficult. Malocclusion, what happens when your jaw is closed and teeth are misaligned, can cause difficulty when chewing certain foods and has even been linked to mild speech impediments. Inability to chew correctly also makes it hard for your stomach to digest foods you eat, particularly with anything dense it has to work harder over time to break down. Chewing is so important and is something we all do every day, but don’t often think about.
Your heart is counting on you!
Yep, that’s right. Your heart is counting on the removal of plaque from your mouth to keep it nice and strong. We know, (that’s what your dental appointments are for), but orthodontists play an important role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy to minimize plaque buildup. Plaque is that sticky stuff that adheres to the surface of your tooth and also to the walls of arteries inside the heart, eventually causing blockages. When teeth are crooked, it makes it easier for plaque to hang out in your mouth.
An aligned bite means reduced tension headaches related to an offset jaw.
You may not think about it much, but your jaw is as equally an important part of a healthy smile as your teeth. Alignment issues with the jaw can cause tension or stress on your Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ). Keeping your jaw healthy requires the teeth to sit in symmetrical alignment. That way, facial muscles can relax and aren’t pulling or causing strain. Those of us who’ve experienced tension headaches know exactly how important this is!
Healthy teeth help our real smile to come through!
You know what they say, if you got it, flaunt it, and we love it when our patients flaunt their beautiful new smiles. See here for Before and After Photos of the happy grins we bring to Central Oregon daily. We work hard to guarantee you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin. And we love serving you with that extra bit of confidence you need to face the world!