When you’re missing teeth there’s an overall health fallout that may accompany as well. Your cheeks can sag, the surrounding teeth and gums are vulnerable, and your appearance suffers. If the gap happens to be in the front of your mouth, it can affect self-confidence and your ability to smile.
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is when the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, creating pockets where additional bacteria can build up and cause an infection. It’s an embarrassing and dangerous condition that requires immediate treatment. Treatment for gum disease depends on how severe your gums are compromised. Allowing this advanced stage of periodontitis to worsen also compromises your overall health.
The optimal way to avoid the risks of painful gums and possible tooth loss is focusing on preventative health and oral hygiene. An effective regimen can keep your gums and teeth healthy, and even reverse the effects of gingivitis, which is an early form of periodontal disease.
Oral hygiene tips include:
Many of the connections between tooth loss and your health can be traced to inefficient oral hygiene, which causes more problems than simply a cavity or bad breath. And with periodontal disease, the primary reason people over the age of 35 lose their teeth is due to a host of diseases as well. Osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia, and pregnancy risks all play a role in oral health and overall well-being.
By following Dr. Reger’s oral hygiene instructions, the onset of gum disease is likely to remain absent. We encourage you to call our practice in San Antonio, TX for a consultation to ensure your journey to a successful smile is chock full of positive energy and oral health.