Do You Experience Difficulty Chewing and Eating?
Many times, people take their teeth and mouth for granted, not considering the impact a flawed jaw can have. If your mouth no longer functions properly or gives you difficulty eating or chewing, your quality of life can diminish. In many instances, this is caused by damaged or missing teeth.
Along with allowing us to speak clearly and express emotions, teeth are designed to break down all types of soft, tough, and sticky foods. Being able to thoroughly chew, aids in proper digestion and nutrition and promotes the healthy production of saliva to wash away foods and bacteria in the mouth. Healthy teeth in proper alignment and occlusion also reduce the risk of problems developing with the jaw joint and muscles. Properly aligned teeth also provide a healthy and comfortable environment for biting and chewing. When even a single tooth is lost or extracted and not replaced, it can have an impact on the health of your mouth and your body as a whole.
Missing teeth affect four main areas: the jaw bone, soft tissue, facial aesthetics, and health. When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone begins to atrophy immediately, losing both density and volume. This tooth and bone loss can compromise existing teeth, causing them to shift out of place. As bone is lost, the gum tissue begins to weaken and become thin, increasing the risk for sores and discomfort for denture wearers. Furthermore, the loss of multiple teeth accelerates the aging process of the face, causing the cheeks and lips to sink inward, adding an average of 10 or more years to a person’s facial appearance! Without teeth, proper nutritional intake also decreases as difficulty chewing and difficulty eating increases. Overall, missing teeth and poor oral health can lead to a significant loss in self-confidence and has been linked to dental disease, heart disease and stroke, and other systemic conditions affecting overall health.