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Your Missing Teeth Could Be Detrimental to Your Health

Posted on 3/17/2016 by Sergio Ortegon
A man suffering from a missing tooth.If you are missing teeth, your first concern might be for the appearance of your smile and what other people might think. While aesthetics are certainly a concern, missing teeth can also result in other health problems that you need to consider.

By identifying how missing teeth could be affecting your health, you can better understand the importance of choosing restorations to replace them.

Poor Diet

As you chew, the food that you are eating mixes with saliva to prepare it for digestion. This is important because proper digestion allows the body to draw the nutrients out of your food, so if any stage in the process is disrupted, you might not be able to get the nutrition that you need.

Additionally, when you aren't able to chew your food properly you might alter your diet to softer and less nutritious options. Heart healthy foods and raw fruits and vegetables will likely be removed from your diet. As a result, you might not be receiving adequate nutrition, and you could experience a greater risk of developing heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Bone Loss

The alveolar bone is the bone in the jaw that surrounds the tooth roots in order to keep them in place. It is continually growing, and when the teeth come into contact with each other when you speak or chew, they send signals to the bone through the roots in order to stimulate regeneration and growth. When the teeth are missing, these signals also go away, so the bone will start to diminish.

A weakened jaw bone can cause the remaining teeth to loosen or even fall out, and the structure of your face could also begin to change. In addition to the health problems associated with this issue, your cheeks will start to look collapsed, giving your face a sunken appearance.

Please contact us if you have any questions about missing teeth.
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