The Main Reason for Lost Teeth
People often assume that tooth loss is caused by decay. It’s not. It’s due to gum disease. It can be
unnoticeable right up until you lose teeth. Symptoms may include bleeding gums when brushing and loose
or shifting teeth. If you’ve been advised you need to consider gum surgery, you will be happy to know
that it’s possible to arrest gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods.
Gum Disease and the Contribution to Heart Disease and Stroke
Recent research has caused many doctors to reach an astounding conclusion: gum disease, stroke, and heart
disease are connected. Since heart disease is usually fatal, it’s obvious that gum disease is a serious
matter. The American Dental Association estimates that 80% of Americans have periodontal disease. If this
were another ailment, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be considered epidemic! Many dentists think
it is. They also know gum disease wouldn’t be labeled epidemic because “people don’t die from it.” The
worst that might happen is lost teeth. Not ideal – but certainly not life threatening. However, that’s
The American Academy of Periodontology reported: “Studies found periodontal infection may contribute to
the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious
threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.” Periodontal
disease is characterized as a bacterial infection in the gums. These bacteria can then migrate into the
bloodstream – right to the heart.
Here’s the Good News
Dr. Patel was so gentle that I almost fell asleep.” —Capricorn L.
With later-stage periodontal disease, the treatment will be surgical. Gum surgery is no fun, but it is
generally successful in controlling the issue, and it’s usually covered by insurance. With milder periodontal
disease, there are effective non-surgical treatments that, coupled with better oral hygiene, can halt the
spread of the disease. These are also usually covered under most dental insurance plans.
Why is it Bad to Lose a Tooth?
Is it really a big deal to lose teeth? Actually, it is. Losing even a single tooth can cause the other
teeth to shift around. This can affect chewing and the ability to absorb nutrition in your food. Other
bad things might occur: your face can change its shape, often looking “sunken.” This can make a person
look much older. Your speech may also be impacted. Because it’s harder to chew food with missing teeth,
you may favor softer foods with more carbohydrates, which can lead to weight gain. The best method of
treating a missing tooth (or multiple missing teeth) is with dental implants. An implant replaces one
tooth or many teeth. They can be created to look so natural that even dentists can’t tell the difference.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (703) 444-5111.