How Missing Teeth Can Affect Your Overall Health

//How Missing Teeth Can Affect Your Overall Health

As children, losing a baby tooth is an exciting time that calls for a visit from the Tooth Fairy who exchanges money for the lost tooth. Once children lose their first set of teeth, though, the new teeth are the ones they will keep for the rest of your life. That is unless they become a professional hockey player.

What Happens When Lose Your Permanent Tooth

The loss of a permanent tooth is more serious. There is no cause for celebration, no visit from the Tooth Fairy, and no money under your pillow. Instead, a missing tooth affects your eating habits, speech, appearance and, ultimately, your self-esteem.

More than that, though, a missing tooth can lead to more serious dental problems and can even have an impact on your overall health. Your mouth works best with a full complement of 32 well-aligned teeth working together to do their job. A missing tooth throws this whole system out of whack.

When you lose a tooth, the other teeth begin to shift into the space left by the missing tooth. This affects your bite and the way you chew. If the situation is not corrected, a bad bite can lead to such problems as pain in your jaw, headaches and sleeping issues.

A missing tooth also impacts the supporting jawbone that, over time, causes the bone to resorb or shrink. The longer the tooth is missing, the less chance there is of correcting the situation with a dental implant.

Gum disease is another effect of a missing tooth. Food and bacteria is trapped in the space left by the tooth. Gum disease affects the entire body and can increase the risk for such health problems as heart disease and heart attacks.

Dental Professionals at Mississauga Can Help Restore Your Smile

When you lose a tooth, our team at Dentistry at Clarkson Village Shoppes can advise you on the best way to replace your missing tooth. And to restore the vitality, health and beauty of your smile.

Don’t delay seeing your dentist. To arrange an appointment, call us at 905-822-8880 or email our team at info@drhannalo.com. For more information, please feel free to explore our website further.

By | 2017-06-12T12:26:42+00:00 January 12th, 2014|Recent Posts|0 Comments