The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth
It is important to know that most tooth loss is not due to
decay, but gum disease. This infection can be completely
unnoticed until it reaches the advanced stages, when gum
surgery is necessary. If you have the symptoms of bleeding
gums from brushing or flossing, or loose teeth, you can
reverse the problem with nonsurgical methods if treated in
the early stages.
Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
Medical research has identified a link between gum
infections and life-threatening conditions like stroke,
diabetes, and heart disease. Dentists now consider gum
disease a more serious matter than simply losing your teeth.
The American Dental Association has announced that 80% of
all Americans have some stage of gum disease, and dentists
consider this percentage and condition an epidemic.
As the bacteria in the gums travel throughout the
bloodstream, it can have a harmful effect on vital organs.
The American Academy of Periodontology reports, “studies
found periodontal infection may contribute to the
development of heart disease, increase the risk of
premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to
people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes
and respiratory diseases.”
But There Is Good News
Gum surgery can almost always control and reverse an
advanced condition of gum disease. This is necessary when
the infection is at a severe level. In milder cases,
nonsurgical methods are used. Together with better daily
hygiene, it can stop the spread of the infection to heal the
gums to a healthy state. Both procedures are generally
covered by most dental insurance plans.
What’s So Bad about Losing a
Is it a big deal to lose a tooth? More than you may think.
Eventually, other teeth will start to loosen or shift and
move. This can affect how you chew and how many nutrients
you absorb from your food. If healthier natural foods become
difficult to chew, you may start to eat softer foods that
have a higher calorie content, resulting in weight gain.
Missing teeth can change the appearance of your face and
give you a sunken look without the support of all your
teeth. Your speech may also become hard to understand, and
that can be embarrassing.
We recommend replacing missing teeth with dental implants
for as many teeth as you have missing. They give full
functionality for eating and speaking and look so good, you
will be smiling with a gorgeous smile again.
Dr. Lawrence Hagen, DDS
4998 Glenway Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45238