Daily dental care is as important to general well being as eating a nutritious diet and exercising. Despite the importance of oral hygiene, slews of Americans or ignoring the practices of brushing, flossing and visiting in the dentist. Because of behaviors like that, estimates suggest that 75 percent of the nation's population is suffering from some level of gum disease (ranging from gingivitis to periodontal disease) and are at an increased risk of dental problems such as tooth loss. Those individuals with the time and money to spare for restorative treatments should be aware that dentistry to correct the issues can help put dental health back on track.
Within the dental care profession restorative dentistry can be implemented using a variety of dental treatments including (but not limited to) cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, gum grafting and dental braces. Once gaps have been filled, teeth have been straightened and all signs of gum disease and tooth decay have eradicated, individuals can benefit from improved health and a reduced risk of developing health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
Dental Implants for Dental Health
Losing baby teeth is a rite of passage for all during their youth, but when it happens to the permanent teeth in adults there is no chance that another tooth will magically grow in to fill the void left behind. Instead, the cosmetic dentistry procedure surrounding a dental implant is the only way to put a new tooth in place and doing so can improve the dental health of patients.
Missing teeth can cause a number of issues for those suffering from the condition. Individuals with lackluster smiles may have lower self-esteem and confidence, may have more difficulty dating (as an attractive smile is a valuable asset) and may not be able to advance professionally as very few people would want to put their trust into someone with visibly bad oral health. Additionally missing teeth can cause problems such as:
- Poor communication skills caused by speech imperfections.
- Bad nutrition triggered off by difficulties in chewing healthy and solid foods.
- Increased odds of more tooth decay and gum disease triggered by excess dental plaque and stray food particles that can fill the voids left behind by missing teeth.
- Jawbone loss. Food particles and plaque can lodge in the voids left behind contributing to tooth decay, gum disease and jawbone loss.
- Shifting teeth that can contribute to root damage and excess dental wear and tear.
- Dental neglect as missing teeth can contribute to a feeling that oral health is doomed and officially throwing in the towel on the mission.