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Gum Disease and Tooth/Bone Loss

The number one cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Regardless of the cause of tooth loss, one thing is certain: even one missing tooth can allow your remaining teeth to shift and your jaw bone to start to deteriorate. How can tooth loss affect you?

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Diet — Misaligned teeth ultimately lead to a misaligned bite. If your upper and lower jaws do not line up properly, the ability to chew becomes difficult. With a compromised ability to chew, food restrictions become necessary, which may limit the body’s access to vital nutrients.

Speech — Try reading this sentence (yes, this one) without using your teeth in any way, shape or form. Without teeth, even simple sounds become complicated, resulting in a potentially embarrassing lisp or other impediment.

Bone Loss in the Jaw — When even a single tooth is missing, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate. The alveolar bone (which anchors the teeth in the mouth), begins to break down, making future tooth loss more likely.

Misalignment — When the upper dental arch and lower dental arch do not meet, the resulting misalignment can cause bite problems, painful jaw disorders, as well as headache, neck ache, and shoulder pain.

Facial Appearance — Not only do your teeth allow you to smile, chew, and speak, they provide support for your facial structures. Without teeth, your mouth would appear to be “sunken in,” making you look much older than you actually are.

Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. While tooth loss is certainly undesirable, the other potential health risks are far more dangerous.

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