The Surprising Reason for Tooth Loss
A big assumption is that most teeth are lost because of advanced decay. But the main reason is periodontal
(gum) disease. This type of infection is not always symptomatic. However, noticeable symptoms would be
bleeding gums after brushing or flossing and inflamed, red gums. Gum surgery is not always the only solution.
There are nonsurgical ways to correct this problem as well.
Gum Disease is Linked to Serious Health Concerns
Medical research has identified gum disease as a contributing factor to heart problems, stroke, and diabetes.
Because these conditions are serious problems affecting your general health, dentists are even more concerned
about gum infections. The American Dental Association has estimated that 80% of the adult American population
has a bacterial infection in their gums at some stage. It is now seen as a more serious matter that affects
more than your teeth.
The American Academy of Periodontology reports, “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.” The bacteria that begin
with the gums will travel in the blood to vital organs, which then compromises your health.
Easy Treatment for Gum Disease
Don’t delay coming to our office at the first signs of a gum infection. Once the disease is advanced, surgery
may be the only option. But in milder cases, nonsurgical means that are easy and pain-free often reverse the
problem. Both methods are usually covered by dental insurance.
Is Missing a Tooth Cause for Concern?
Yes! Even one absent tooth can cause other problems. The open gap between teeth can cause other teeth to shift
or loosen. This also affects the amount of nutrients you receive from food when chewing with fewer teeth.
Missing teeth allow bone loss, which eventually can give you a sunken, older look. And your speech may not always
be clear and easy to understand. Weight gain can occur if you start to eat soft, easy to eat, high-calorie foods.
We can replace any number of missing teeth with dental implants. They function just like a real tooth and look
completely natural. You will be pleased to recapture a full smile and be able to eat any foods you want.
For Good Health and Better Energy
Dental health goes beyond a nice smile free of toothaches. The best dental health is a part of your overall health
and vitality. Dr. Kava does more than just diagnose and fix one specific problem. He creates a visual history that
is stored in our computer’s database. This allows him to better assess your dental problems and achieve long-lasting
goals and continued health. Our professional team will always work with you, based on your oral history and any
current problems, to return your teeth and gums to well-being.
We can help halt your gum disease and return your smile to health. Give us a call today at (712) 258-6169.