Most people associate tooth loss with decay. But the most frequent reason is gum disease. Often, it goes undetected by a patient because there may be no pain until the infection is advanced. Early signs include bleeding gums from brushing or flossing and shifting teeth. If treated in the early stages, gum disease can be controlled with nonsurgical methods.
More Serious Health Problems Are Related to Gum Disease
Medical research has provided studies that link gum disease to stroke and heart disease. The problem of infected gums is not to be taken lightly, as stroke and heart disease can be fatal. It is estimated that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. At such a high percentage, most dentists consider this to be an epidemic.
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.” The bacterial infection of gums can travel in the bloodstream to every vital organ of the body.
Good News about Effective Treatment
If you seek treatment before the infection is advanced, there are methods to halt the spread of infection without surgery. Together with improved dental hygiene, gum disease can be reversed to return gums to a healthy state. Most common insurance plans will cover this treatment.
Problems from Tooth Loss
Most people seem to think it is no big deal to lose one or more teeth. But if you lose even one tooth, the other teeth will eventually start to shift. This can have an effect on your ability to chew and receive proper nutrition from your food. You may start eating more processed foods, which could result in weight gain. Missing teeth can give you a sunken look to your face, which makes you look older than your age. Your speech may not be as clear as with a full set of teeth. We offer implants to replace any and all missing teeth. They look very natural and no one will know they are not your real teeth.
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