Glendale Dentist Reviews Why Patients with Crowded Teeth Often Suffer from Gum Disease

Written by Dr. McKay on Aug 14, 2012

Most patients are concerned about developing dental cavities, so they check for spots on their teeth and brush their teeth frequently to minimize plaque on dental enamel. This is a great start to an effective dental hygiene routine, but in order to maintain a healthy mouth patients also need to take steps to prevent gum disease as well as prevent dental cavities.

When bacterial plaque infiltrates gum tissue, a patient is suffering from gum disease. This bacterial infection can cause swollen gums, bleeding gums, and loose teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and bone deterioration.

Now in order to prevent gum disease you have keep your teeth as free of plaque and tartar as possible. This can become difficult for patients who have crooked or crowded teeth. Crowded teeth are difficult to clean with brushing, because plaque builds up in the hard to reach spaces between teeth. So if you have crooked or crowded teeth, and you’re trying to prevent or treat gum disease, you should:

  • Make sure to floss at least once a day. Flossing everyday is important for all patients, but patients with crowded teeth need to take special care to floss. Flossing is one of the best ways to clean plaque from between teeth.
  • Consider having your teeth straightened. Straight teeth are not only attractive; they’re also much easier to keep clean than crowded teeth. Cosmetic treatments such as Invisalign and braces can straighten crowded teeth and make it easier for you to maintain a clean gum line.
  • Add a mouthwash into your daily routine. To give yourself some extra bacteria fighting power, try using an antibacterial mouthwash every time you brush. Antimicrobial rinses are another great way to kill bacteria that’s hard to reach with brushing.

If you have concerns about your gum health, let your dentist know as soon as possible. With diligent at-home care and professional treatment you can conquer gum disease and keep a strong smile for years to come. Give our Glendale dental office a call for more information or to schedule an appointment!