The state of one’s oral health can directly influence one’s overall health in more ways than people realize. While some people may live with crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, assuming that they do not need treatment, they are actually risking more health issues in the future. The arrangement of one’s teeth can affect the body in a variety of ways; one such way is in the patient’s posture.
The connections between oral health and posture
A little known fact is that the teeth are actually part of the skeletal system. When an individual closes the upper and lower teeth together, the teeth form a type of skeletal relationship. One’s bite determines the position of the jaw, which affects the position of the head and spine.
Several advantages to non-traditional orthodontic treatment include:
- Many of the devices Dr. Gloeckner uses are nearly invisible
- Being able to remove many of the appliances to clean on a regular basis
- Provide more stability with a combination of early orthodontic intervention with orthopedics
- Patients are less likely to need braces to straighten teeth after this treatment
- Helping to reduce gum problems
Pulling teeth can also cause other issues with the jaw. When someone goes through multiple teeth extractions, they can experience undue pressure on the existing teeth throughout their lifetime. Too much pressure may cause the periodontal ligaments to stretch too far and make the existing teeth more mobile. In many cases, symptoms of extracting too many teeth such as gum recession, root resorption or bone loss, may not occur until the patient is around 30 to 40 years of age.
People who continue to struggle with oral health issues will experience difficulty and discomfort, such as:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty eating
- Soreness in the jaw
- Unable to speak without experiencing a slight pain
- Constant toothaches
These are only a few of the possible symptoms and ways in which dental issues can negatively impact one’s life. With the proper orthodontic care early on in life, we can help patients maintain healthier teeth for a future without oral health issues. It is crucial to start the process early and continue proper oral hygiene alongside any treatment.
For many of these issues and conditions, Dr. Gloeckner will focus on the patient’s bite. If a patient is experiencing these problems, then we recommend that he or she gives us a call. We will schedule a consultation to examine the condition of the patient’s teeth and develop the most effective treatment method.
The first step is to receive the patient’s medical history and descriptions of any past dental/orthodontic work the patient has received. Next, we will need the patient to fill out the new patient forms and go over insurance information. Our office staff can answer any questions about this process the patient might have before turning it in. Once we have all of this information and schedule a consultation, we will examine the patient’s teeth and determine the exact issue. From there, Dr. Gloeckner will develop a treatment plan to treat one’s oral health.
The length of treatment can vary on the current condition of the patient’s teeth and the oral health issue the patient is experiencing. Dr. Gloeckner will be able to give an estimate on the amount of time the treatment will take and offer advice on how to proceed. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 1-661-349-4709.
If you would like to learn more about The Effects of Oral Health Issues on the Body and the various treatments we provide, call 661-349-4709 to schedule a consultation.
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