Correctly Spaced, Straight Teeth Look Great – and May Save Your Life!

before and after(Issued Spring 2018) – Today people live longer and have a better chance of keeping their teeth for their entire lifetime.

“It’s tough to properly clean all the surfaces of every tooth when they’re crooked or crowded,” says Dr. Andrew Chase of ARCH Orthodontics. “The importance of cleaning all five surfaces of each tooth thoroughly twice a day cannot be overstated.”

He says that, in addition to the fact that straight, evenly spaced teeth look better and give you greater self-confidence, there’s an even more important reason: Plaque removal.

Plaque, the soft, sticky film that builds up on teeth, contains bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease (gingivitis). If not removed, the bacteria use sugars in food to produce acids that eat away at enamel. Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly are keys to removing plaque. But removing plaque isn’t the whole story.

“Gums are full of blood vessels,” says Dr. Chase. “If you disrupt the gum layer even a little bit, bacteria and toxins can spread into your bloodstream which can go anywhere and trigger inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is a sign of gum disease of which there are two types: gingivitis, which causes red, painful, tender gums, and periodontitis, which leads to infected pockets of germy pus. Periodontitis increases the risks for heart disease and stroke.

Studies show that in the absence of gum disease, there is significantly less of these bacteria in the heart. Some research suggests that the more bacteria from gum-disease, the thicker your carotid arteries may be. If they’re too thick, blood can’t flow to your brain and that can cause a stroke. Dr. Chase adds, “Quite simply, the more bacteria you have in your body, the more the heart will be affected, If you reduce the amount of bacteria, it will lower the risk factor to heart disease.” Research shows that plaque potentially plays a critical, integral role in the most common cause of death for people in the US: Heart disease.  In addition, studies indicate that plaque presence has a clinical association with ED.

ARCH offers free initial consultation (a $500 value) and interest-free financing., For more info and/or a no-obligation appointment, contact ARCH: smilemaker@archorthodontics.com  / 781-209-6776.

– By Stan Hurwitz /   508-269-0570  /   stanhurwitz@gmail.com

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