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Crooked teeth can damage dental health
Updated: 12/3/2009 3:00:00 PM

Crooked teeth can damage dental health Some adults choose not to get braces because they believe having crooked teeth only affects the way their smile looks, but misalignment can also damage dental health.

According to a study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 75 percent of Americans have crooked teeth. Many of these people choose not to get their smiles straightened because they are afraid of how they'll look with braces, and therefore put themselves at risk of damaging their dental health so as to not harm their appearance.

"When teeth are misaligned, even slightly, they become susceptible to trauma because they are not coming together the way they are supposed to," said Dr James Rota, a dentist in California. "This trauma leads to erosion of the tissue and damage to the teeth."

The American Dental Association (ADA) says crooked teeth can lead to periodontal disease. This infection may damage the tissue that supports teeth and passes through two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis is a milder form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums and is reversible, according to the ADA. Periodontitis is a more destructive form of the infection.

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