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If you think that the only thing a straight smile does for you is help you look better, you’re not understanding the whole picture. While a straight smile certainly does wonders for a person’s appearance, it’s also healthier to have straight teeth than it is to let them stay crooked and crowded.

So to help you understand the why behind that statement, our team here at Prairie Dental Center put this piece together to give you an in-depth look at the importance of a healthy, straight smile.

Prevents cavities

With crooked teeth, it’s much harder to clean between the numerous cracks and crevices in your mouth. Crowding invites plaque buildup, which leads to cavities. In addition, cleaning all of your mouth, if it’s filled with crooked or crowded teeth, is much more difficult. Brushing can take a bit longer, as will flossing.

Prevents gum disease

If the plaque built up on your teeth isn’t removed effectively, it’ll harden into tartar. If that’s not removed by our team here at Prairie Dental Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, you’ll develop gingivitis. This is the first stage of gum disease and causes red, swollen gums that bleed easily. The infection, if left untreated, will spread to the rest of your mouth and can cause throat, mouth, or gum cancer, as well as heart disease.

If you need your smile straightened, call us today at (605) 335-8640.