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Tooth Placement Influences Health

A good fit of the teeth favors digestion, as it allows more optimal chewing of food.

Tooth Placement Influences Health

World Oral Health Day on 20 March

On World Oral Health Day on 20 March, there is a warning that tooth placement directly impacts health.

Orthodontics, as a health discipline, aligns the teeth and promotes proper cleaning, allowing the bristles of the brush to access all areas of the mouth. This way, plaque, and tartar accumulation are avoided, and the gums are healthier. This reduces the risk of caries and periodontitis, a disorder that can cause irreversible loss of teeth and is associated with various diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, or diabetes.

As for oral health, it is easier to maintain a healthy mouth when the teeth are well aligned. The dental socket, called occlusion, is another critical factor in orthodontics. When the teeth do not coincide, muscle overload can degenerate into contractures and joint ailments. This malocclusion also causes pressure between the teeth which can cause them to break and favor the appearance of pain and infections.

It is essential to consider the position of the teeth and the correct relationship between the upper and lower jaws so that joint, muscle, respiratory, and even self-esteem problems do not arise.

Likewise, an excellent dental occlusion is directly related to improved digestion since it allows more optimal chewing of food.

Measures for good oral health

To carry out correct oral hygiene with any type of orthodontics, Dental Officer recommends taking into account the following measures:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal, as this is the basis for fighting bacterial plaque.
  • Use an interproximal brush or dental floss at least at night.
  • Gently use the brush to avoid damage to the gums.
  • Brush from the gums to the ends and in the interdental spaces.
  • Use bacterial plaque developers, which color those areas where it accumulates and is usually the least accessible.
  • Use only a little toothpaste to clean your teeth. With a small dose, the equivalent of the size of a pea is enough.
  • Daily use of mouthwashes with a specific mouthwash for patients with orthodontics reinforces the buccal antibacterial fight.
  • In addition to dental hygiene, cleaning the fixed or removable appliances used during orthodontic treatment is very important.