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Why Tooth Loss Should Be Considered a Chronic Health Condition

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It has never been more important to take care of your oral health! Because we now understand the connection between oral health and overall health, we know that periodontal health can affect other chronic issues in the body such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and vice versa. Your top dentist in Concord shares why tooth loss should be considered a chronic condition and how it affects your well being.

Tooth Loss Affect Your Oral Health

Losing a tooth may not seem like a big deal, especially if you can't see it; however it typically doesn't take long before it leads to more tooth loss. When your root is missing, your bone begins to deteriorate, or resorb, which does two things:

  • It changes the appearance of your face
  • It eliminates support for your remaining teeth

When you don't replace a missing tooth, your remaining teeth will start to shift into the open space that your missing tooth caused. This puts you at risk for fractures and other damage to your teeth. It also causes bite misalignment, which can lead to painful jaw joint problems, including headaches, face, and shoulder pain.

When you have one or more missing teeth, your nutrition starts to suffer because you can no longer chew the healthy foods your body needs. This can affect your overall health and the health of your remaining teeth, as you're at a higher risk for developing periodontal issues.

Your Team White Park Dental Can Help!

Your trusted dental team at White Park Dental has extensive experience in helping patients manage periodontal disease, replace missing teeth, and restore their oral health. Whatever dental issues you may be facing, we're well equipped to help! Give us a call today to learn more about your options for tooth replacement or to schedule your next appointment.