You may know how important it is to keep your mouth healthy, but did you also know that missing teeth can lead to serious health conditions over time? If you have one or more missing teeth, it’s difficult to keep them clean. You may miss spots when you are flossing or brushing, and bacteria and plaque can affect your teeth and gums. Over time, gingivitis and eventually periodontitis become a problem, and these are loosely linked to several life-threatening conditions.
If your teeth are not replaced with dental implants, it is much harder to keep your mouth healthy and avoid gum disease. As bacteria, inflammation and infection become problems in the mouth, they can also lead to stroke, diabetes, heart disease and even some types of cancer. In this way, replacing teeth can keep your body healthy longer.
It’s not just the elderly that have missing teeth. Teeth are often lost because of illness, decay or trauma, and those things can happen at any age. If you are missing all your teeth, you join the almost 40 million Americans with the same problem. If you are missing one tooth, you are in good company with 178 other Americans. As the teeth shift over time, alignment can be affected, the jaw can sink in and the cheeks can even hollow out.
When teeth are replaced with dental implants, the face retains its normal, healthy, full looking shape. Those who are more comfortable about their mouth also tend to smile more, which makes you appear happier, younger and more confident. Dental implants are a very successful treatment developed in the dental field used to make patients look younger and live longer.
If you are ready to learn more about implants and if they are right for you, our dental implant specialists in Williston Park Nassau County, NY are happy to help. Call us at National Dental and we will schedule an appointment for you.