The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth
Have you noticed that brushing your teeth causes your gums to bleed? Are your teeth shifting unexpectedly or appearing a
bit loose? If yes, then you may be experiencing symptoms of gum disease. Most people assume that the majority of tooth
loss is due to decay. It’s not. It’s because of gum disease. And it can be completely unnoticeable right up until you lose
your teeth. If you’ve been told you require gum surgery, you should know we offer solutions that make it possible to control
gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods.
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
The results are shocking! Recent medical research has proven the link between gum disease, stroke, and heart disease. Since
heart disease is usually fatal, it is clear that gum disease is a serious matter. The American Dental Association has
concluded that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease, making it the number one reason people lose their teeth.
These are epidemic proportions, but because no one ever considered losing a tooth deadly, that label was never applied. But
that’s all changed.
The American Academy of Periodontology states that “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 naked truth is that the bacteria that characterize periodontal
disease moves into your bloodstream – straight to your heart.
Now the Good News
Gum surgery is the accepted, prescribed treatment for advanced periodontal disease. This type of procedure is almost always
successful in controlling the condition, and it’s usually covered by standard insurance plans. With mild periodontal disease,
there are potent NON-surgical procedures that, when combined with increased dental hygiene, can virtually arrest the spread of
the disease. These, too, are normally covered by most dental insurance plans.
What’s So Bad About Losing a Tooth?
While you might believe that decay and accident or trauma are the most common reasons people lose a tooth, the true destroyer
is gum disease. So is it a big issue to lose a tooth? Actually, losing even a single tooth can cause your other teeth to change
position, which is not good. Missing teeth affects your ability to chew and to absorb nutrients from your food. Because it’s
harder to chew with missing teeth, you may begin favoring softer foods with more carbohydrates, which can cause you to gain weight.
Other bad things can happen, including your speech being altered. The gaps in your teeth may cause your face to change shape,
creating a “sunken” appearance that can make you look much older than you really are.
Designed to match your remaining teeth, dental implants can replace one tooth or multiples and are the best way to treat a missing
tooth (or missing teeth). They look so natural that at first glance even a dentist will have trouble telling the difference.
Defeat Gum Disease Painlessly
Jockey Hollow Dentistry is excited to offer an impressive weapon in the fight against gum disease. It’s called ARESTIN™. Invisible
microspheres suspended in a powder form deliver a time-released antibiotic precisely to the site of the infection (the spaces between
the gums and teeth). ARESTIN kills the bacteria that causes gum disease. The best part – it’s painless!
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (973) 543-4828.