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                                        Straight to the point: Why straight teeth are so important                    


A WELL-ALIGNED smile is not just part of a pretty face- it is the mark of a healthy mouth. And your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body.  Straight teeth allow teeth to be brushed more efficiently, improve speech and allow for better digestion, leading to overall better health.

The best way to keep gums healthy is through proper brushing and flossing (since bacteria can hide between teeth), but even the best brushers have a hard time getting rid of every “tooth bug” in a crowded mouth. Well-aligned teeth trap few particles, develop fewer areas of decay and are easier to floss, all of which is imperative to good gum and oral health. In contrast, teeth with a lot of spacing should be treated with orthodontics to close those gaps since gums are healthiest when they fit snugly around teeth on both sides.

There are more enzymes in your mouth than in your stomach that break up food, making digestion easier. People who chew longer and eat slower digest their food better and therefore have a tendency to be slimmer! Straight teeth do a better job of breaking up the food particles and allowing this process to occur.

The position of teeth play a major role in the ability to correctly pronounce certain sounds; and example of this is when children lose their baby teeth and lack the ability to pronounce certain words. Certain letters can be clearly pronounced only when the tongue hits and makes specific contact with the teeth. When teeth are out of alignment, it’s reflected in a person’s enunciation, whether the person is 6 years old and waiting for adult teeth to erupt or 40 with misaligned teeth.

Recent studies show gum disease to be a major factor in overall health and wellness. Managing periodontal disease can help to reduce the risk for heart disease as well as diabetes. Additionally, findings published in the February 2010 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology link pregnancy-related gum disease to the loss of a (full-term) unborn baby. Straightening your or your child’s teeth is truly and investment in overall health.

By Dr.Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling, a New York-based orthodontist.




Oral cancer video to help increase awareness


Prevention and early detection are important tools in the fight against oral cancer.

Delta Dental is taking steps to help educate and spread awareness about the old and new risks factors associated with oral cancer. The company recently released a new oral cancer video which is the third of a five-part video series focusing on various oral health-related topics.

Watch their oral health video series at:



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