Your oral health and your overall health are closely connected. Conditions that damage your smile such as tooth loss and gum disease will adversely affect systems throughout your body. In fact, the more teeth a person is missing, the more likely they are to have additional health issues.
Dental implants are the only smile restoration that helps preserve your smile by promoting jawbone growth and preventing your remaining teeth from shifting around. This protects you from many of the negative consequences of tooth loss that can damage your health.
Tooth Loss and Gum Disease
Gum disease is a serious bacterial infection that threatens both your smile and the rest of your body. Symptoms of gum disease include sensitive gums, bleeding gums, and bad breath. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact Dr. Connelly right away.
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If gum disease is not treated by a dentist, it will eventually cause your teeth to become loose and fall out. Once a patient loses a tooth due to gum disease, their remaining teeth will begin to shift around. This irritates the gums and accelerates the negative effects of gum disease, leading to the loss of even more teeth.
How Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health
Unfortunately, gum disease doesn’t just hurt your smile. It causes damage to organs throughout the body. That’s because gum disease results in swelling of the blood vessels which allows the bacteria to spread to other regions.
Researchers have discovered links between gum disease and serious medical issues, including strokes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, osteoporosis, premature births, and diabetes. It’s crucial to prevent gum disease in order to protect your health.
How You Can Prevent Gum Disease
The bacteria that cause gum disease feed on plaque, tartar, and food particles in your mouth. The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice effective oral hygiene. That means brushing and flossing daily and visiting Dr. Connelly for regular checkups.
How Dental Implants Protect Your Health
Unlike other smile restorations, dental implants actively prevent conditions that will damage your smile. For example, when you lose a tooth, your jawbone immediately begins to deteriorate around the socket of the missing tooth. This occurs because the bone is no longer being stimulated by the motion related to chewing.
The destruction of the jawbone associated with tooth loss is referred to as resorption. Dental implants provide the necessary stimulation to prevent resorption and keep your jawbone strong.
Another way dental implants protect your smile is by holding your remaining teeth in place. Otherwise, they would begin to shift around, and this can damage the teeth and gums. It also leaves spaces where dangerous bacteria can get trapped, causing tooth decay and gum disease.