If one part of our mouth is not working well, this malfunction could very well lead to health problems elsewhere. As mentioned above, a malocclusion, or a misalignment of the jaw, can result in reduced bite strength and tooth decay, and these in turn could lead to other complications. Tooth decay, if left untreated, can even cause tooth loss by wearing down the various tissues that comprise human teeth and by eventually attacking the center of the tooth.
Similarly, if you are suffering from dental caries, there is a high likelihood that you are also experiencing a periodontal infection, which can cause gum and bone tissue loss. If caught early, these oral diseases can be treated; however, it’s important to seek a dentist’s expertise before they spread and cause significant damage to your oral anatomy.
Tooth loss and extensive tooth damage can also lead to deterioration in your dental health. Teeth that are atypically angled or fractured, may have some hard-to-reach surfaces and therefore, may receive less brushing and flossing time, which increases the risk of an oral infection. Furthermore, if your upper and lower arches are not fitting well together and your teeth are already significantly damaged, the risk of further fracturing and straining is higher than it would be otherwise.