6 Reasons Missing Teeth Can Impact Your Health
Missing teeth put you at risk for other dental problems as well as systemic health issues. That’s why it’s crucial to replace missing teeth with dental implants.
1. Missing teeth make eating difficult
Individuals with missing teeth often report pain or difficulties chewing. The inability to eat properly is linked to poor nutrition due to a restricted diet. This can contribute to nutrition deficits and even digestive issues.
2. Lost teeth harms other teeth and gums
Teeth which are no longer supported by healthy gums begin to loosen and may even fall out. The absence of teeth creates gaps between existing teeth enabling the remaining teeth to shift or lean into the void spaces. This contributes to weakened ligaments that increase the risk for teeth to fall out or it can cause the jawbone to shrink and lose density, and creates misalignment.
3. Systemic health issues
When a tooth is out, neighboring teeth are harder to clean, subject to increased plaque buildup and additional decay. This heightens the risk for periodontal disease and a greater chance of infection, to the mouth, and the rest of the body. The health of our mouths is a reliable indicator for assessing whole body health. Studies have shown how oral health and systemic health is connected, in diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, dementia – just to name a few.
4. Missing teeth make people look older.
Unfortunately missing teeth causes bone loss which affects facial structure. Teeth naturally serve a purpose – to protect the jawbone which helps maintain the shape of the face. Like a house with collapsed frames, missing teeth are unable to support the jawbone and as the bone deteriorates, it can no longer support the facial muscles causing them to droop.
When facial muscles begin to sag it begins to alter the overall shape and structure of the face – giving the appearance of people looking older or having aged. However it’s more than the aesthetics, it’s about quality of life and longevity. Contemporary research demonstrates how missing teeth can significantly reduce a person’s lifespan.
5. Missing teeth take years off your life
Unfortunately the statistics on missing teeth is rather bleak. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by age 50, most Americans have lost an average of 12 teeth. But it gets worse as we continue to age. In the United States, over 25% of adults ages 65 to 74 will have lost ALL their teeth. The focus of recent studies have indicated a relationship between tooth loss and mortality. And individuals with more missing teeth live shorter lives. That’s why it’s so important for people to replace missing teeth.
6. A broken smile can damage confidence
We’re naturally inclined to be attracted to individuals who have a pretty smile or even brighter, whiter teeth. It’s common for individuals with missing teeth to develop insecurities about their smiles. Unfortunately this can affect self esteem, mental health and even physical health.
Replace Missing Teeth to Improve Oral and Systemic Health
Other than missing teeth taking off years of your life, replacing missing teeth can improve your health and quality of life. Restoring teeth with a metal-free dental implant helps support a healthy mouth and healthy jaw. By improving oral health you are also improving your systemic health. At the Holistic Dental Center of New Jersey we restore missing teeth with zirconia dental implants.
Zirconia ceramic dental implants are strong, durable, and they fit, function and look like natural teeth! Plus they are hypoallergenic and biocompatible, making them a safe and friendly option to your body. It’s time to restore your health and the confidence in your smile, today!