Tooth Loss Affects Your Whole Life
Today, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults. Gum disease weakens the tissue and bone that keeps the teeth in place. Tooth loss can drastically effect your quality of life by making eating and talking more difficult and by leading to additional bone loss. Dr. Jacqueline Subka in Thousand Oaks, CA wants to make patients aware of the relationship between gum disease and tooth loss.
Missing teeth can make eating very difficult, and proper nutrition is a crucial ingredient in a healthy life. There are obvious difficulties with eating when all or most of your teeth are missing. But even when you are missing one tooth, the surrounding teeth tend to shift which causes your bite to become misaligned.
There are a number of sounds in the English language that are made by an interaction between the teeth and the tongue. Tooth loss can make these sounds difficult, changing the way you talk and sometimes giving you a lisp. Your voice is a significant part of your first impression and of your overall self-image.