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The Importance of Good Dental Health to Your Overall Health

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Loss of adult teeth is a prevalent health problem. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth.

The inability to properly chew food due to tooth loss might have a negative impact on your intake of healthy, life-sustaining foods. Issues with chewing might arise with even a single missing tooth. If you’ve lost several teeth, you may have noticed that your face has begun to collapse around your mouth and cheeks. Teeth surrounding gaps caused by tooth loss may shift and alter their position.

The loss of teeth can also alter the jawbone. When natural teeth are lost, the bone that once supported them disappears. Bone resorption complicates tooth replacement options like dental implants and dentures.

How Does Tooth Loss Affect People?

Having lost teeth typically causes changes to your physical appearance and affects the first thing many people notice about you—your smile. People with missing teeth sometimes feel insecure and self-conscious about their looks. Your self-esteem and willingness to interact completely with others will suffer if you don’t have all your natural teeth.

Additionally, missing teeth can have an emotional impact, causing issues such as low self-esteem, social withdrawal, and despair. So, as you can see, losing teeth can have serious consequences for your health and happiness.

Risk Factors of Tooth Loss

  • Age: The chance of losing teeth increases after age 35.
  • Being a man: Men are more likely to have tooth loss than women.
  • Poor dental hygiene: Neglecting to take care of your teeth and gums might lead to painful complications down the road. Gum disease, often known as periodontitis, is the second most common dental problem behind tooth decay. Getting cavities filled and gum disease treated right away might save your teeth from decay and bone loss.
  • Smoking: Increases the chances of having dental problems, and you should avoid habits that raise your risk of dental disorders, such as smoking.
  • Diabetes: Periodontal disease has been linked to uncontrolled diabetes. Because of the fragility of the gums, inflammation and bleeding are both possible. If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontitis, which can eventually lead to tooth loss due to jawbone recession. Those with diabetes who maintain stable blood sugar levels reduce their chances of acquiring periodontitis.
  • High blood pressure: the chance of acquiring gum disease is also increased by having high blood pressure. The dry mouth resulting from blood pressure medication can contribute to cavities.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: The inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis has been linked to gum disease. According to research, loss of teeth is associated with a more severe case of RA. People with rheumatoid arthritis should clean their teeth and visit the dentist frequently to keep their smiles intact.

If you have any questions about how your health habits are affecting your gums and teeth, give us a call. We’re happy to help you find the solutions that work best for you and give you a great smile!

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