Research shows that malocclusions have significant links to serious conditions, such as periodontal disease, diabetes and heart disease. To establish this point further, studies even suggest that the chance of an adult with malocclusion having periodontal disease is up by 50 percent.
The question is this: how does malocclusion lead to periodontal disease?
Crowded or crooked teeth can become a serious problem due to inefficient cleaning. The areas that cannot be reached by brushing can turn into hiding areas that promote plaque build-up and gum infection. This may lead to periodontal disease, which is strongly linked to a vast number of serious diseases such as kidney and heart conditions.
The Way to the Heart and to the Kidneys
Diabetes and periodontitis have a two-way relationship, according to collaborative research conducted by specialists from related European institutions over the years. The study shows that inflamed gums can result in poor glycaemic or blood sugar control, with diabetes then increasing the risk of developing periodontitis.
The same study also suggests that cardiorenal syndrome, or disorders that involve the heart and kidneys, is three times more likely in diabetic patients with severe periodontitis. Although there is no concrete evidence that pins periodontitis as the major culprit in the development of heart problems, related studies are looking into gum infection as a trigger in atherosclerosis or coronary heart disease.
Orthodontics and Periodontitis
Orthodontic treatment is an indirect method of preventing these interconnected diseases. In fact, the studies suggest that diabetics should include orthodontics as part of their treatment. Fortunately, orthodontic solutions, such as Invisalign, help make the prevention more effective.
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment created to fix malocclusion, thereby resulting in straighter teeth. Beyond just fixing your smile, straighter teeth allow for more thorough cleaning and reduces the chances of developing oral bacteria. By gently moving the teeth with custom fit aligners, you can have straighter teeth and stand a better chance against diabetes and heart disease.
Learn more about the benefits of Invisalign and other orthodontic treatments we provide by scheduling a consultation with us today. Contact our specialists; we look forward to working with you.