Find out the underlying complications that could befall those with missing teeth.
Tooth loss is certainly nothing to scoff at. It can happen to anyone at any point in their lives. Sadly, millions of Americans currently have at least one missing permanent tooth. While we can all recognize the aesthetic disadvantages that occur when you lose a tooth, you may not realize all the serious health repercussions that can also occur. Find out why it’s imperative that you see your Lehi dentist Dr. David Gordon right away when you lose a tooth.
Tooth Loss and General Health
What if we told you that your oral health could be an indication of your general health or other systemic problems? One study found that the number of missing teeth could be an indicator of your general health, including your risk level for chronic illness.
In fact, those who had more than five missing teeth also had an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease or suffering a heart attack. Those with more than nine missing teeth were also more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Since heart disease and diabetes are two of the most common causes of death globally, those with missing teeth were also at an increased risk for death.
A Common Cause of Tooth Loss
So what causes tooth loss? Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, but can easily be prevented through proper oral care and by seeing your Lehi dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams. If you are at an increased risk for gum disease (e.g. you’re a smoker) then you may want to come in more frequently. We would be happy to assess your risk for gum disease, or to assess the severity of your condition, and discuss ways to handle your health to prevent tooth loss.
Dealing with tooth loss? You aren’t alone! But don’t let it cause more serious issues for your smile. Nip these issues in the bud right away by seeing your Lehi dentist for treatment. The staff of Gordon Family Dental is here to give you a smile you can believe in. Call our office today.