“I resolve to protect my teeth and gum health!”
This is an important resolution to add to your list for the coming year! Why? Research shows that your oral health has an impact on your overall health. The bacteria of gum disease has been linked to coronary artery disease, stroke, memory loss, diabetes, and preterm babies. It is also the number one cause of tooth loss in this country. Once tooth loss begins, an entirely new set of ordeals begins.
For those who are missing natural teeth, most are familiar with the associated discomfort, inconvenience and embarrassment dentures or partials cause. But the problems don’t stop there. When natural tooth roots no longer exist in the jaw, the bone begins to shrink. As this occurs, the denture or partial has an ever-changing foundation. And, while denture adhesives lessen the amount of movement, they are typically helpful for only brief periods.
Other repercussions occur as a result of bone loss. Changes in facial appearance begin, including deep wrinkling and a sunken-in appearance of the mouth. Jowls form from the detachment of facial muscles. Often, the corners of the mouth turn downward, even in a smile. The chin becomes pointed and the nose moves closer to the chin. The result is a look that is far older than your actual age.
Today’s dentistry provides options in tooth replacement that are stable, attractive, and comfortable. They restore appearance, chewing strength and stability, and confidence in speaking and laughing.
If you have experienced tooth loss, investigate the latest options to replace teeth. If you have all your natural teeth, do all you can to protect them as well as the health of your gums. The best way to begin is to have a thorough oral examination to learn your current oral health status and vulnerable areas. Then, get treatment to repair, protect, or implement a daily regimen to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Your reward? A smile at its best for 2012 and your lifetime!