Common Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Gaps
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ABOUT Tooth Gaps
It is normal for children to have gaps between their teeth when they have a mix of baby and adult teeth since the teeth are falling out naturally and growing at different rates.
Fortunately, these gaps may close on their own when all of the adult teeth come in. Although the dentist will carefully monitor the growth of your child’s teeth and determine if the gaps need orthodontic intervention.
On the other hand, gapped teeth among adults may not improve on their own without the help of the dentist. In most cases, orthodontics may be necessary to address the problem and close the gaps between teeth.
Having large gaps or spaces between your teeth can increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and even the receding of your gums. It is because the plaque can build up in the excessive spaces between your teeth, which increases the chance of irritating the gums and attacking the tooth enamel.
Unfortunately, developing tooth decay and gum problems can also heighten the risk of tooth loss as the bacteria damage the bone and tissues that hold the teeth. Consulting the dentist is essential to check your gapped teeth and address them as soon as possible to prevent potential oral health problems.
Tooth gaps can affect your oral hygiene in a variety of ways since they can create an area for debris to get trapped. The crevices or hard-to-reach surfaces may make brushing teeth more difficult, as engaging the bristles against all sides of the tooth gap is difficult to manage.
Tooth gaps can cause discomfort and pain because the gums are more exposed. Big chunks of food may put excessive pressure on the gum, which can lead to soreness and irritation. This can make them more sensitive to bleeding and vulnerable to gingivitis.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to completely prevent gaps from forming between your adult teeth. Nonetheless, there are ways to lower the potential risks associated with this problem. Consulting your dentist can provide you with insight into treatment options for improving the gaps in your teeth. For younger children, it may also be a good idea to break bad oral habits, such as thumb-sucking, that can put additional pressure on their gums and increase the risk of tooth gaps.