The Main Reason for Lost Teeth
There is a general assumption that tooth loss is due to decay. It’s actually more frequently because of gum disease. It
can be unnoticeable right up until there are lost teeth. Symptoms include bleeding gums during brushing and loose or
shifting teeth. If you’ve been told you need gum surgery, you will be happy to know that it’s possible to manage gum
disease with a variety of non-surgical techniques.
Gum Disease May Contribute to Heart Disease or Stroke
Recent medical research has led many doctors to reach a stunning conclusion: gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are
connected. Since heart disease is normally fatal, it is obvious that gum disease is a serious matter. The American Dental
Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any other affliction, such
as AIDS or tuberculosis, it could be considered an epidemic! Most dentists believe it is an epidemic. They also knew that
gum disease would not be labeled that way because “people don’t die from it.” The worst that happens is lost teeth. Not
pleasant – but certainly not life threatening. However, that’s all changed.
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.” Periodontal disease is characterized by bacterial gum infection.
These bacteria can move through the bloodstream – straight to the heart.
Treating Gum Disease
With advanced periodontal disease, the treatment is surgical. Gum surgery is never pleasant, but it is generally successful in
controlling the issue, and it’s usually covered by most insurance plans. With mild periodontal disease, there are effective
non-surgical methods that, coupled with better dental hygiene, can halt the spread of the disease. This is also usually covered
under most dental insurance plans.
The Problems of Tooth Loss
So, is it a serious problem to lose a tooth? Yes! Losing even one tooth can cause the remaining teeth to shift and move around,
which leads to other problems. This can affect chewing and your ability to retain good food nutrition. Other negative things can
happen; your face changes shape, often looking “sunken.” This makes a person look much older than they really are. Your speech
can be impacted. Because it’s more difficult to chew with missing teeth, you may find yourself eating softer foods with more
carbohydrates, which can lead to weight gain. The best way to replace a missing tooth (or missing teeth) is with dental implants.
An implant can replace any number of lost teeth. They can be created to look so natural that even dentists have to look closely to
tell the difference. This can improve how you look and feel and bring back or add confidence to the way you live your life. The
rewards are immeasurable!
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (515) 412-4200.