May is Women’s Health Month. It’s a great opportunity to examine your oral hygiene and learn how it affects your general health. Missing teeth are often unsightly, but they also have the potential to cause real health conditions. Dental implants from a prosthodontist can prevent some of these harmful effects. Here are just a few ways dental implants can help keep you healthy.
When teeth are missing, the underlying jaw bone loses density. This causes jaw shortening and can give your face a sunken appearance. Dental implants promote bone tissue growth and preserve the structure of your face.
Gaps between teeth can be difficult to clean sufficiently. Poor oral oral hygiene can result in even more tooth decay and dental conditions such as bad breath, gingivitis and periodontitis. Dental implants make it easier to take care of your teeth and keep up healthy habits.
When there is a gap in the mouth, surrounding teeth often start to shift into it. This causes misalignment and biting problems, making it difficult and uncomfortable to chew. Implants keep your teeth firmly in place so that you can eat without any issues.
Eating healthy foods like raw vegetables and nuts can be difficult when you are missing teeth. Many people also find it hard to chew while wearing traditional dentures. If you avoid eating healthy foods due to discomfort, you can end up with nutritional deficiencies, ultimately harming your overall physical health. Dental implants act just like real teeth, meaning you won’t need to resort to a diet of soft foods like ice cream and pudding. You can eat crunchy foods like carrots and cashews without any trouble.
This Women’s Health Month, take some time to visit your dental health. A prosthodontist can help you address missing teeth and gaps before they cause further damage. Contact the office of Dr. Nargiz Schmidt today to get your health on track.