Solution To Tooth Loss – FOUND!
If, like many people, you believe that tooth loss is primarily the result of decay, think again. While some tooth loss is the result of accident or other trauma, the main culprit is actually Gum Disease. And, because it can be completely painless, gum disease can do its dirty work until it is too late to save your teeth. Symptoms, which include loose teeth and bleeding gums when brushing and flossing, are often ignored by the patient (and even some dentists)!
It is estimated that as many as eighty percent of Americans have periodontal (gum) disease!* So why is this affliction not considered an epidemic as is tuberculosis and AIDS? The main reason is that, until recently, most considered it non-fatal. After all, the worst that can happen is you lose your teeth; not a pleasant prospect, but also not life threatening, right?
Gum Disease – Your Body’s Inflammatory ‘Smoking Gun’
Ongoing medical research continues to establish links between oral and overall health. According to recent studies*, Gum disease has been associated with: preterm pregnancy and low birth weight, diabetes, surgical complications, respiratory and heart disease, and stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, and more. While the processes are complex, simply put, Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria enter the bloodstream, and travel throughout the body – wreaking havoc on the heart, blood vessels, and other organs of the body.
It is because of these links that informed and concerned patients and professionals are taking a much closer look at this silent killer.
* The American Academy of Periodontology
The American For Oral Systemic Health
Now the Good News
If you believe you have gum disease, or have been told you need gum surgery, we’ve got good news. It is indeed possible to control many cases of gum disease non-surgically.
While with advanced periodontal disease treatment options are more limited, it is almost always possible to bring the condition under controlling, regardless of its stage. Patients are also relieved to learn that their treatment is usually covered by most insurance plans.
With mild periodontal disease, there are even more treatment alternatives, many of them NON-surgical. When combined with improved oral home care, the spread of the disease can be virtually halted. And these procedures are also usually covered by insurance.
More Reasons To Take Tooth Loss Seriously
Any time there exists the prospect of losing a part of one’s body, it’s a serious matter. This is no less the case when it comes to your mouth. The loss of even one tooth can have serious consequences. Because nature abhors a vacuum, the space created by the loss of a tooth can lead other teeth to shift. This can, in turn, affect your ability to chew and absorb essential nutrients from your food. In a further effort to accommodate the ‘new structure’ of your mouth the shape of your face can change, resulting in a ‘sunken’ appearance, making one look years older. Even speech can be adversely affected. Tooth loss can even cause weight gain, because people with missing teeth often find it difficult to chew healthier foods, leading them to favor softer, more carbohydrate dense foods.
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*American Dental Association