It can be easy to to ignore our teeth while they’re in good health. Disease and issues with our teeth rarely occur in one fell swoop. Unless you’ve been in an accident, chances are that you’ve been slowly experiencing more pain or discomfort until it became too much to bear. Unfortunately, if you aren’t taking care of your teeth for long periods of time, you can have quite a few issues to correct. Keep reading to learn what can happen when you don’t take care of your dental health.
Loss of Teeth
Obviously, if you don’t take care of your teeth, there will be repercussions in the health of your mouth and teeth. These can begin as simple cavities that your dentist will help treat. In severe cases, untreated cavities may even lead to loss of the tooth. And it doesn’t end there, lost teeth can mean the rest of your teeth move, which can then affect your bite and ability to chew properly.
To fix this, we can replace a lost tooth with an implant. These are often a great option, as they can also help prevent you from losing bone in the jaw area.
TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder that results from stress, muscle spasm, clenching, or a joint disorder can cause many issues if you ignore it for too long. Pain in front of the ear, joint noises, headache, limited mouth opening, jaw locking, and change in bite can all come as a result of this issue. It’s important to see your dentist and bring up these issues before they become too serious.
What do I do to prevent damage to my teeth and mouth?
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss daily
- Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings
- Avoid tobacco use
- See your dentist regularly
- Bring up concerns you have
If you are currently suffering from these issues, please get in touch. Call us at (954) 771-8772 to schedule a consultation where we can discuss implants or reconstruction to give you the appearance and confidence you once had.