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Health consequences of gap between teeth: What you need to know

Health consequences of gap between teeth: What you need to know

Understanding The Gap: An Overview

You may be familiar with the famous gap-teeth grin of Madonna or the charming presence of Sir Elton John on the piano with his signature space between his two front teeth. Gap between teeth, medically referred to as Diastema, is more common than you'd think. While some might wear it as a fashion statement, others may not be wholly comfortable with it. However, it's not all about cosmetics, folks. Beneath its aesthetic appeal, or lack thereof, depending on your perspective, exists potential health complications that need your attention. Stick with me as I take you on this fascinating journey of understanding the impact of diastema on your overall health.

Mechanics Behind The Gap

Now, some of you might be wondering, why the gap? Why does it appear in some people and not in others? The gap between the teeth, especially at the front, can arise due to several causes. It might be due to a mismatch between the size of your teeth and your jaw, which leaves extra room for teeth to drift apart. It could also be a result of a larger than usual labial frenum - the tissue that extends from the inside of your upper lip to the gum just above your front teeth. In other cases, habits such as thumb-sucking or incorrect swallowing reflexes may cause the front teeth to separate. But what does this gap mean for your health? Let's find out.

Consequences On Oral Health

A gap between your teeth, especially if it’s wide can create a pocket that captures food particles while you munch on your favourite bacon sandwich or if you are like me, a piping hot bowl of tagliatelle. Now Oscar, my Maine Coon, is usually there to help me finish off my meal, but even he can't help with the food that gets trapped in these gaps. This leads to both aesthetic and health issues, like bad breath or increased susceptibility to tooth decay and gum disease due to plaque accumulation. Consequently, you might find yourself repeatedly visiting the dentist. Nobody wants that, right?

Impact On General Health

Now, it's not just for a bright smile that we stress on oral hygiene. Your mouth is, quite literally, a window to your overall health. There is a growing body of research that links oral health woes to other health complications. You see, the bacteria caused by food lodgement and plaque in your diastema can travel into your bloodstream and cause systemic inflammation. This can potentially lead to heart disease, diabetes or even stroke. Now, you didn't see that coming, did you?

Finding The Solution: Dental Procedures

It could be love at first sight for some who find a gap-teethed grin charming or adorable. But for others, it might as well be the bane of their existence. So, what's the Plan-B? If you wish to close the gap, dental procedures are at your service. Braces, dental bonding, veneers, dental implants or full on surgery, there are options galore depending upon the size of your gap and overall dental health. Consult a reliable dental practitioners who will guide you through your journey from gap-to-glam.

Maintaining Gap-Free: Dental Hygiene Tips

If you have gone through the winding path of dental treatment to close your gap, you would want to maintain your newly-acquired flawless smile. Regular brushing, flossing, less sugary diet, regular dentist checkups, and use of dentist-recommended mouthwash are some of the preventive measures you should incorporate into your routine. Always remember your teeth work hard for you all day, every day, helping you to eat, swallow, and talk. A little TLC from your end would go a long way in keeping them in perfect shape, wouldn't it?

There you have it, folks. Everything you need to know about the gap between teeth and its health consequences in every nitty gritty detail. Whether you brandish your gap with confidence or seek out solutions to close it, remember that your oral health plays a pivotal role in determining your overall health. Look after your teeth, and they will surely look after you. That's a material girl's promise. So, the next time you smile at your reflection in the mirror or at your Maine Coon, do it consciously, acknowledging the true champion that your mouth is!

Damien Blackwood
Damien Blackwood

I'm Dr. Damien Blackwood, a renowned stomatologist based in Manchester. My work largely revolves around preventative dental medicine though I've extensive experience in surgical procedures too. Purposeful patient care, precise diagnosis, and progressive treatment plans have always been the cornerstone of my practice. I find dentistry captivating, perhaps driven by my interest in reading and learning. I'm also an author; I write to bring awareness about the importance of oral hygiene and proper dental care.

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