Bad news: Americans aren’t exactly diligent with brushing their teeth. While most people know that brushing their teeth twice a day is necessary, an informal survey conducted on Reddit (and published on Yahoo.com) found that only 44% of men and 37% of women follow this rule of thumb.
Perhaps it isn’t surprising, then, why 70% of the population is missing at least one tooth. While your pearly whites are one of the toughest parts of your body, they aren’t impervious to damage. Neglect them long enough, and before long they’ll develop cavities that might cause toothache–and eventually, tooth loss.
If you’re thinking that one lost tooth isn’t something to lose sleep over, you’d better think again. In reality, a lost tooth can have wide ranging effects on your health, appearance, and mental well-being.
Your teeth were made for chewing, and missing one or two of them can seriously hinder your ability to eat and enjoy food. Whether you’re missing a molar or an incisor, you’ll definitely have issues properly chewing food.
Everyone seems to chasing the fountain of youth, but a missing tooth may derail your search. When you lose too many teeth, the skin surrounding your mouth won’t have anything to prop it up, resulting in a drawn, aged look.
If you’re missing a front tooth, your speech may exhibit excess sibilance–that hiss-like sound whenever you speak the letter “s.” This may cause difficulty, if not embarrassment, whenever you communicate.
Further Jawbone Deterioration
Believe it or not, your jaw bone loses about 25% of its width within a year of losing a tooth. When this happens, your gum also recedes. The combination of a thinning jawbone and receding gum line may affect your ability to speak or chew properly.
If you belong to the majority of Americans who have lost one or more teeth, all is not lost. You can get a dental implant in Lehigh Valley to replace your missing chompers. This procedure involves surgically implanting a titanium post into your jawbone, which eventually integrates into the natural bone of your jaw. When this happens, your dentist will then attach a crown or tooth replica to the post which looks, feels, and functions just like real teeth.
For those of you interested in getting this procedure, be sure to talk to a trusted Lehigh Valley cosmetic dentist so they further explain the procedure to you. With their help, you can regain your confident smile.
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