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4 DIY Dental Trends You Need To Avoid

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 DIY Dental Trends You Need To Avoid

There are many do-it-yourself dental trends spreading around the world. You need to learn what to say no to when you see trends online, or at least talk to a dentist about doing it for you. Here are some dangerous dental trends that you need to avoid. DIY Braces Believe it or not, people are trying to give themselves braces. Teen girls made YouTube videos to teach other teens how to make their own braces. Some of the videos had more than a half a million hits within a few days of posting. The videos targeted other teens whose parents couldn’t afford braces. The videos showed them putting tight rubber bands around their teeth to move their teeth and try to get the same affects as braces. You might think that you’re saving money by doing the work yourself, but the damage you can do to your teeth will cost you a lot more in the long run. Teeth have to move slowly to protect the root. If you move a tooth too much, too quickly, you can cut off its blood supply at the root. If you do that, your tooth will not only change color, it will rot away and die. The movement can also change the shape of your gums, which leads to infection and inflammation. Snaggleteeth Snaggleteeth is a trend that began in Japan. The Japanese call the trend tseuke-yaeba. The idea for the trend is that the crooked teeth give a youthful appearance, and Asia has always put an emphasis on preserving youth. To make teeth appear crooked, they have the canine teeth turned into fangs. Some people go to a dentist to have pointed veneers put on their teeth. If done professionally, there are no dangers to jumping on board with the trend. However, trying to file down your teeth into a point at home can have serious consequences. You can file your tooth down too far and expose the root. Once the root is exposed, you’ll need a crown  or possibly even an extraction. You can also break the tooth, which will need to be repaired in the same fashion. Teeth Whitening Teeth whitening is a great way to get the dingy stains off your teeth. To avoid paying for professional whitening, people buy over the counter whitening treatments to do it themselves. Professional teeth whitening is safe and effective; however, the over the counter products are not safe because they usually have a high peroxide content. The peroxide, acidity, and other harsh ingredients in the over the counter whitening will eat away at your enamel and cause damage to your gums after a few applications. By the time you use it enough to brighten your teeth, they’re damaged. It’s best to go to the dentist and let the professionals do the whitening. Tooth Gems Tooth gems are another trend that is spreading around. Tooth gems first appeared in the 90’s. Like many other 90’s trends, they’re back. Tooth gems look harmless, but they can cause damage to your teeth. The small gem is put on your tooth with an adhesive. It will cause uneven discoloration to your teeth, which isn’t dangerous, but unattractive. The dangerous part is that the gem can wear your enamel away. The enamel loss can lead to...

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Toddler Health Tips: 5 Fun Ways To Encourage Proper Oral Care

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Toddler Health Tips: 5 Fun Ways To Encourage Proper Oral Care

Brushing your little one’s teeth twice a day beginning as soon as a few pearly whites pop up is a great way to instill proper oral hygiene habits. But if your toddler is like most, they’ll probably find dental care to be inconvenient in their otherwise care-free day — here are a few fun ways you can encourage proper oral care with minimal protests and tantrums: Decorate Toothbrushes Chances are that you’ve seen all the decorative toothbrushes on the market geared toward making brushing fun for kids. But most of the time these specially designed brushes come with a higher price tag than their plain counterparts, so consider saving money and helping your little one decorate a toothbrush at home. This will give your child an opportunity to create their own design they can be proud of which is sure to make them want to show it off and use it often. You can use non-toxic paints and glue and well as yarn coated with clear nail polish, glitter, and foil paper as decorating supplies. Be sure to seal the brush end of the toothbrush with a plastic bag and tape to ensure that no glue or other substances get on it while the handle is being decorated. Party it up at the Sink Turning brush and floss time into party time will help make the process go by quickly and help keep your little one’s mind off the actual task of oral care. Turn a radio on or put in your child’s favorite CD, then take turns making up new dance moves while the other brushes and flosses their teeth. Alternatively, you can play a game of 20 questions or take turns reading an exciting story book to one another while getting the task at hand completed. These options are fun ways to bond over brushing which will spark your little one to look forward to your oral care sessions. Invest in Exciting Floss Another great way to get your child excited about taking care of their teeth is to invest in exciting dental floss that makes tooth care feel more like a celebration than a chore. Glow-in-the-dark floss will allow your child to floss with the lights off for a dramatic experience that is not typically associated with dental care tasks. Telling ghost or space stories while flossing is an effective way to participate in the process so you can be there to supervise proper oral care habits without being there as an authority figure.   Create a Reward System Creating a reward system is yet another effective way to encourage your child to take care of their teeth without a lot of prodding or nagging on your part. An easy way you can set up a reward system is to hang a calendar on the bathroom wall and allow your child to put a star on each day that they brush their teeth without being reminded. Once a specific number of stars has been accumulated (such as three or five) they’ll earn a reward, such as a new coloring book or a trip to the museum. Keep Communication Open It’s also important to keep communication wide open when it comes to oral care processes and techniques. Borrowing books from the library that focus on the importance...

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5 Things You Need To Know About Medication-Induced Gingival Hyperplasia

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Things You Need To Know About Medication-Induced Gingival Hyperplasia

Anyone who has ever seen a commercial for a new drug knows that medications can cause a long list of side effects. Some of these side effects are fairly predictable, like headaches, but other drugs can cause more surprising symptoms. Some drugs can cause problems inside your mouth, like gingival hyperplasia. Here are five things you need to know about medication-induced gingival hyperplasia. What is gingival hyperplasia? Gingival hyperplasia, also called gingival enlargement or gingival overgrowth, is a condition that refers to an overgrowth of your gum tissue. In people with this condition, the gums are red and swollen. This is much more than just a cosmetic issue. Excessive gum tissue can be uncomfortable, can make it harder for you to eat or talk, and can make it harder for you to clean your teeth. What types of medications can cause it? There are a lot of different medications that can cause gingival hyperplasia. Medications that are used to treat seizures or epilepsy can have this effect, as can medications that are meant to suppress your immune system after an organ transplant. Calcium channel blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure, can also lead to gingival hyperplasia. Other medications can also cause this side effect, so if you’re concerned that one of your medications may cause gingival hyperplasia, talk to your doctor. If you suffer from this side effect, your doctor will discontinue the medication and give you a prescription for something else. How do these drugs cause gingival hyperplasia? The exact way in which these drugs lead to an overgrowth of gum tissue is complicated, but basically, these drugs affect your body on a cellular level. They inhibit the transmission of calcium and sodium ions throughout your body, and, as a result, control a wide range of problems like seizures or high blood pressure. Your gum tissue isn’t the intended target of this process, but in some people, it can be affected. Certain factors seem to influence your risk of developing this side effect. Your age, your oral health, and your genetics can all play a role. How common is this condition? Medication-induced gingival hyperplasia is a fairly rare condition. The prevalence of this condition within the general population of the United States hasn’t been studied, but its prevalence among people who take certain drugs has been studied. Among people who take phenytoin, a drug used to treat epilepsy, gingival hyperplasia has a prevalence rate of between 15% and 50%. The prevalence rate has been reported to be 27% among organ transplant recipients who are taking cyclosporine. More studies need to be done to find out how common gingival hyperplasia is in the general population and how common it is among people who are taking other medications. How can your dentist help? Gingival hyperplasia can make it harder for you to brush and floss your teeth properly, so your dentist may want to perform a professional cleaning to get rid of the plaque you missed. Your dentist may also recommend using an antiseptic mouthwash to help keep your mouth clean. If your gums don’t return to their normal size after your doctor changes your medications, you may need to have surgery. Your dentist will remove the excess gum tissue to return your gums to their normal...

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Should You Eat Before A Visit To The Dentist?

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Eat Before A Visit To The Dentist?

Although a visit to the dentist is often a normal part of life, many people still believe there are certain things you should (and should not) do before an appointment. To make sure they get the best possible treatment, some patients believe they should avoid food and drink for several hours before an appointment, or the debris or smell in their mouth will cause problems for the dentist. In fact, starving yourself before a dental visit may cause more harm than good. Find out why. Controls blood sugar Your body converts the food you eat to blood sugar, to give you the fuel you need. Erratic blood sugar levels are bad for your health. When your blood sugar level drops, you are more likely to feel dizzy and weak. You may even faint. If you’re having treatment when this happens, your dentist will need to stop working. As such, before a dentist’s appointment, it’s vital to eat a normal meal, so your blood sugar levels don’t drop. Many patients have their treatment first thing in the morning. If this is the case for you, make sure you get up early to have a decent breakfast and allow time for your food to digest before you go to your appointment. Helps manage chronic medical problems In many cases, people with medical problems must take medication on a long-term basis to control their symptoms. Very often, doctors recommend you take drugs after or with a meal. As such, if you don’t have a meal before your dentist appointment, your medication may not take full effect. Indeed, if you don’t have something to eat, you may start to feel unpleasant side effects from drugs that your doctor recommends you take on a full stomach. Makes life easier for your dentist Perhaps the most common myth about eating food before a visit to the dentist is that you will somehow offend or upset somebody. For some reason, a lot of people believe that their dentist will scold or even refuse to treat them if he or she sees food debris on the teeth. Rest assured that dentists are generally thick-skinned professionals who don’t expect their patients to starve themselves before an appointment. What’s more, the food and drink can actually help them do their job. For certain procedures, your dentist may find the job more difficult if you have a lot of saliva in your mouth. For example, it’s more difficult to bond fillings or crowns to your teeth if your mouth produces too much saliva. Eating a meal before treatment regulates the amount of saliva in your mouth. Without this, as soon as your dentist starts work, his or her fingers in your mouth will kick start saliva production. If you’re recently eaten a meal, your saliva glands will work normally. Makes life easier for you Few people relish the prospect of a visit to the dentist. Even for a routine check-up, most people feel anxious or stressed, and when the dentist starts to use drugs and power tools, your anxiety levels will almost certainly increase. Many anesthetic agents that dentists use work well in your mouth, but these drugs don’t have such a positive effect on your stomach, particularly if you haven’t eaten any food. Even if your dentist is careful,...

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3 Dental Concerns For Diabetics

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Dental Concerns For Diabetics

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes, you’re dealing with a lot of new information. Diabetes affects everything from your head to your feet, and your mouth is no exception. While you are absorbing all the new information about your body’s health, it’s important that you don’t overlook the effect that your condition can have on your dental health as well. Take a look at some of the common dental concerns faced by diabetes patients, so that you can figure out how best to protect your teeth going forward. Cavities If you’re not careful, you may end up needing a lot more fillings because of your diabetes. The bacteria that create the plaque that leads to tooth decays thrive on sugar – that’s why sugary treats are so bad for your teeth. But diabetics have high levels of glucose – a form of sugar – in their bloodstreams. That’s why you may need insulin or dietary changes to help keep your glucose levels stable. When you have a high level of glucose in your bloodstream, you also have a high level of glucose in your saliva, and that means that your teeth are exposed to the sugar, making them more susceptible to plaque buildup and cavity. You can reduce your risk of cavities by following your doctor’s advice with regard to controlling your blood glucose levels. Monitoring your blood sugar, sticking to the diet your physician recommends, and taking your insulin as prescribed is not only the best route for your overall health, it’s also the best thing that you can do for your dental health. Infections Diabetes weakens your immune system, making you more vulnerable to all sorts of infections, including infections of the mouth. Diabetics are particularly prone to oral thrush, a yeast infection that is characterized by white patches on the gums, lips, and inside of the cheeks, redness and bleeding in the mouth, a sore throat and mouth, and a bitter taste in the mouth. Thrush is especially common in diabetics because the yeast that causes the infection thrives on sugar. However, thrush isn’t the only concern. Because of your weaker immune system, you’re also more vulnerable to the kinds of infections that cause painful toothaches and lead to root canals. Your best line of defense against all of these infections is your own oral hygiene routine. Everyone should brush their teeth after every meal and floss every day, but as a diabetic it’s especially important that you don’t skip brushing your teeth when you’re late in the morning, or fall into bed at night without flossing your teeth. You should make dental hygiene a top priority in your daily routine to keep infections at bay. Gum Disease The statistics on diabetes and tooth loss are sobering. A research study comparing the oral health of diabetics and non-diabetics found that the diabetic group was missing an average of ten teeth, compared to less than seven teeth for non-diabetics. The study also showed that diabetics were twice as likely to be missing all of their teeth than non-diabetics were. The theory behind these missing teeth has to do with the effect of high blood sugar on the gums. Dentists believe that high blood sugar prevents the gums from delivering nutrients to the teeth and also stops...

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3 Things You Should Know About Removable Partial Dentures

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Adults are supposed to have 28 permanent teeth (assuming they’ve had their wisdom teeth removed), and each tooth in the mouth is important. Teeth are not only designed to help you chew, but they also are important for your speech and for holding your facial bones and muscles in place. If you are missing a number of these teeth, you may want to consider replacing them. One of the most affordable options for this is by getting removable partial dentures, and here are three things you should know about these: They Are Not For Everyone Before you can find out if this is a good option for you, you must make an appointment with a dentist, or a prosthodontist. The dentist will need to fully examine your mouth to find out if partial dentures would work for you, and there is one main factor that helps a dentist reach a conclusion. This factor involves the number of good teeth you have in your mouth. If you have all 28 teeth, but 25 of them are bad, removable dentures might not work. Removable partial dentures work best when they are used to replace only some of the teeth in a person’s mouth. While there is no set number of good teeth you must have, dentists typically only suggest partial dentures when the number of good tooth significantly outweigh the number of bad teeth. For people that have more bad teeth than good teeth, choosing a different form of tooth replacement might be a better idea. This could mean choosing a full set of dentures, or it could involve getting dental implants. They Are The Most Cost Effective Option No matter how many teeth you need to replace, choosing removable partial dentures will be the most affordable option. Here is a comparison of the costs of removable partial dentures, full dentures, and dental implants: Removable partial dentures – The average cost for removable partial dentures is between $700 to $1,800. Full dentures – The prices of full dentures vary tremendously, but for a decent pair, you should expect to pay around $3,000, or maybe a little more. Dental implants – Each dental implant you need may cost around $4,250. If you need to replace eight teeth, you are going to spend over $32,000 on your mouth. As you can see, choosing removable partial dentures is the most affordable option, but keep in mind that you may have to pay more if you need to have the dentist extract some of your teeth. According to Your Dentistry Guide, a simple tooth extraction costs $100 to $250, but some tooth extractions are much more difficult and may cost more than this. Removable Partial Dentures Offer Many Benefits Removable partial dentures may be the cheapest form of tooth replacement, but they still offer many benefits, which include: Looks – You will look better with a mouthful of teeth. These teeth will also support your facial muscles, and this will help prevent your face from sinking in. Speech – It will be easier for you to speak because your tongue will have the teeth that are needed to make all necessary sounds. Eating – If you’ve been missing a lot of teeth for a while, you may have gotten used to eating without them. Once...

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Athletes, Hydration, And Dental Problems: What’s The Connection?

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Elite athletes may look like pictures of health on the outside, with their toned abs and bulging biceps. Open their mouths, however, and the story is different. Athletes have a higher prevalence of severe dental problems than the rest of the population. One study conducted at the London Olympics found that 55% of athletes had cavities and 75% had gum disease. So, does this mean you should stop playing basketball, hang up your running shoes, or never play hockey again? Not exactly. It’s not the sports themselves that are causing athletes’ dental problems, but rather the eating and drinking behaviors practiced by athletes that are to blame. By learning more about the connection between athletics, hydration and dental problems, you can safely keep participating in sports and keep your teeth healthy. Problem: Sports Drink Consumption It’s a well known fact that sugary soda is bad for the teeth. Sugary sports drinks are not any better.  Many athletes, especially endurance athletes like runners and cyclists, sip sports drinks for hours on end when they are active. Essentially, they are bathing their teeth in sugar throughout the day. How to fix it: To prevent exposing your teeth to so much sugar, try drinking plain water during your workout and saving your sports drink for after your workout. If you really need some carbohydrate intake during a long endurance workout, use a diluted sports drink instead of drinking it full-strength. Problem: Frequent Eating Athletes tend to eat high-carbohydrate diets, which means they’re ingesting more sugars and starches than the average person. They often snack throughout the day in order to meet their calorie needs. Even if they do brush their teeth after every meal, they’re probably not brushing after every snack, so the sugars from the snack stay on the teeth, feeding oral bacteria and leading to tooth decay. How to fix it: Be mindful of your snacking. Try to eat a little more at meals and before brushing your teeth, so you don’t have to snack as frequently. Keep a toothbrush with you so that after you do snack, you can brush your teeth. Problem: Poor Oral Hygiene The busy schedules of elite and professional athletes can make it hard to schedule dental visits. In the London Olympics study, 46 percent of athletes surveyed had not visited a dentist in the past year. Busy schedules and frequent travel may also make athletes less likely to brush and floss as they should. How to fix it: If you’re having trouble scheduling dental visits because you’re always traveling, try looking ahead in your schedule and making a dentist appointment with a dentist at one of the places you are visiting. To remind yourself to brush your teeth while on the road, set an alarm in your phone. Make a habit of keeping your toothpaste and toothbrush in your carry-on bag instead of a checked bag, so you never find yourself without it. Problem: Dry Mouth When the mouth is dry, oral bacteria flourish, leading to gum disease and tooth decay. Athletes may have dry mouths more frequently than the rest of the population because they become dehydrated when partaking in intense physical exercise, and because some tend to breathe through their mouths. How to fix it: Try to focus on breathing through your...

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Down’s Syndrome And Dental Care – Safe And Easy Appointment Tips

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have a child with Down’s syndrome, then you need to make sure that your son or daughter sees a dentist at least every six months. Your child likely has small teeth, delayed tooth eruption, and a weak immune system. Cavities and periodontal disease are major concerns for individuals with the condition, and great dental care can help to reduce serious oral health risks. Dental procedures must be completed in a safe and careful manner though, so follow the tips below to make sure your child is receiving the care he or she needs. Ask for Antibiotics If your child has Down’s syndrome, then he or she likely has a cardiovascular abnormality. Heart defects are most likely, and your child may have a hole that sits within the middle of the two heart chambers. Valves may not work properly either, and chambers may be enlarged. Arteries might be too large or too small as well. These heart problems form before your child is born and heart surgery may be required. This means that the heart may remain weak and this can leave your child susceptible to bacterial infections. Cleanings and other oral health treatments can cause these infections. This also may happen due to a compromised immune system. To reduce the risk of endocarditis and other bacterial infections, ask your child’s dentist to prescribe antibiotics before dental appointments. Generally, a single dose of antibiotics right before dental exams is all that is required to reduce infection concerns.   Consider a Sedative Children with Down’s syndrome often exhibit stubborn, challenging, and sometimes obstinate behavior. Also, delayed verbal communication may make it difficult for your child to accurately express feelings and needs. This can lead to dental fears, anxieties, and poor behavior at the dentist. If your child is difficult during dental exams, then thorough cleanings may not be possible. This can lead to cavities and periodontal disease. Your child will likely get used to the dentist once check ups become a part of their normal routine. While you wait for dental exams to become a part of your son or daughter’s accepted routine, ask the dental professional if a mild sedative can be provided before examinations. Typically, children will be given medications that induce a form of conscious sedation. This allows your child to stay relaxed during the dental appointment without being fully sedated. Nitrous oxide and oral sedatives like Valium can be provided. In extreme cases, general anesthesia can be arranged as well. Speak with your child’s dentist about anxiety levels to determine which type of sedative is best. Provide a Pain Reliever Your child may have anxieties about the dentist due to the perceived level of pain that may occur during appointments. Dental visits can sometimes be uncomfortable when tartar is scraped from the teeth and pics are used to clean around the gums. Aggressive cleaning is sometimes necessary to remove calculus build up. This can lead to agitation during the dental examination. If you are concerned about this, then make sure to provide your child with an NSAID pain reliever before the appointment. Pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are both good choices before dental exams. Make sure to consider your child’s weight when determining the correct medication dosage. Also, provide the medication 30 to 60 minutes before the appointment time. This...

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4 Tips To Keep Your Dentures More Secure

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dentures are wonderful dental appliances for people who’ve lost their natural teeth. They help people maintain a pleasant smile and appearance. Dentures also help people continue to eat solid foods, which would be nearly impossible without false teeth. But some people have trouble keeping their dentures in place while eating or talking. If you’re having trouble securing your dentures, read and use these tips to get a better fit. However, if your problems continue to persist after trying these methods, talk to your dentist about getting the fit adjusted. Avoid using hot water. When you rinse or store your dentures in water over night, take care that the water is not too hot. The water should be warm, or you should use a dentist-approved denture-cleaning solution. Hot water can cause dentures to lose their shape, especially if left in hot water for extended periods. Reposition your tongue. Lower dentures are more prone to movement than upper dentures for a couple of reasons. First, the lower denture doesn’t have the broad stabilizing surface that the upper denture has against the roof of the mouth. Second, the lower denture interacts more with movable mouth surfaces such as the tongue and jawbone. Most people with their natural teeth hold their tongues against the lower teeth while their mouths are in the resting position. Unfortunately, this can dislodge your dentures. Train your tongue to rest on top of the lower dentures rather than against the back of them to keep them in place. Slow down when eating and talking. You may just have to get used to the idea that you’ll have to speak and eat more slowly than you’re used to. This will minimize sudden movements that raise and move your lower dentures, and will help you feel more confident in social situations. Sometimes, this is only necessary in the beginning. You may find that, after a few months of practice, you’ll be able to talk and eat at your normal rate once your mouth is used to the dentures. Use a denture adhesive. Adhesives can help you feel more secure with your dentures. A little dab can hold dentures that move a little tightly in place. However, if your dentures are a poor fit, adhesive is not the answer. It should only be used to strengthen the bond of properly fitting dentures—not to make up for ill-fitting dentures. If your false teeth don’t fit properly, talk to your dentist about an adjustment. To apply denture adhesive, follow these steps: 1. Place a small amount of adhesive (about the size of a pea) in the center of the denture groove and along either side between the center and end of the groove. 2. Test the fit of the dentures. If they still slip, remove the dentures and apply a little more adhesive until you get a secure fit. Note that adhesive should not squish out from under your dentures. If this happens, you’re applying too much. Don’t be afraid to experiment with applying adhesive more frequently if you find it wears off during the day. Some have to reapply it after every meal while others make it through the entire day without having to reapply. With these tips, your dentures should fit more securely to your gums, allowing you to eat and...

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More Than Just Your Mouth: How Your Mind And Body Are Affected By Tooth Loss

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you have some missing teeth? Perhaps you have lost a few–or all–of your teeth due to a genetic problem, severe gum disease, or injury. If so, you probably have difficulty eating food or speaking properly. You may even feel unattractive or uncomfortable because of your appearance. But did you know that there are very real physical and psychological effects of tooth loss? These problems can significantly impact the quality of your life, so you need to take action. Read on to see that more than just your mouth suffers when you don’t have all your teeth.  Physical effects of tooth loss Tooth loss negatively affects your physical health. Because you have difficulty chewing properly, you probably choose soft foods that are not rich in fiber or protein, resulting in inadequate nutrient intake.  For instance, you probably are not eating the recommended “Five a Day” fruits and vegetables. Especially among the elderly, tooth loss and the resulting poor food intake can lead to weight loss; conversely, eating too many starches and not enough fruits/vegetables can lead to weight gain. Over time, poor nutrition can compromise your health, including your ability to fight off disease. For example, 17% of people without teeth require medication for gastrointestinal illnesses. They also take 17% more medication overall than those who still have all their teeth. Tooth loss is also linked to a decrease in life expectancy: people without teeth live an average of ten years less than those who have a full set of choppers. Need more convincing? Here are common health problems associated with tooth loss cardiovascular disease gastrointestinal disorders pancreatic cancer Type 2 diabetes heart problems kidney disease sleep apnea Clearly, you need to act to protect your physical health. Psychological effects of tooth loss Tooth loss affects more than just your physical health, however; it also can profoundly affect your state of mind. There is a cultural association between tooth loss and poor social reception. Poor oral health has, across time and cultures, been thought to indicate weakness, impotence, and even moral failure. Conversely, those with money and power have always sought to improve or alter the physical appearance of their teeth to display their affluence. Therefore, those with missing teeth often struggle for social acceptance and respect–especially today in the photographically-obsessed social media world. Problems with social acceptance contribute to these common psychological effects of tooth loss poor self-image depression isolative behavior difficulties with interpersonal relationships If you are missing teeth, you probably feel uncomfortable smiling or laughing around other people. Some people feel so much discomfort with their appearance that they pass up job promotions that require public speaking or business meetings with other professionals. Overall, social discomfort and poor self-esteem make for a poorer overall quality of life. Dentures to the rescue With all this said, however, you do not have to suffer poor physical health or psychological problems because of your tooth loss. Dentures offer solutions to both of these challenges. With properly placed dentures, you can eat a nutritionally balanced diet and maintain good physical health. Because dentures today are of extremely high quality, you can smile, laugh and carry on business meetings with no one the wiser that your teeth are not your own. These aren’t your grandma’s dentures, either. Today’s 3D imaging significantly...

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