Most people aren’t aware that you need all of your teeth to eat certain foods. It’s just natural to pick up any food you want and eat it. However, people with missing teeth can’t eat whatever they want. They don’t realize that a lot of foods require lots of chewing, which can be very challenging with missing teeth. It is good to get help with a missing tooth because if it’s not treated it can cause some health issues.
How Having Missing Teeth Can Affect Your Health
Tooth loss can damage your natural sensory input, which can result in people losing their appetites. When people experience pain or stress in the mouth due to missing teeth, it can cause them to avoid certain foods (especially healthy foods), and make them eat less in general. Having missing teeth means your gums and jaws have to work harder to chew food. Lack of a healthy diet can cause a lot of health problems. A diet of soft and processed foods can have a long-term effect on seniors or those with health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. A poor diet can lead to weight loss, weight gain, high blood pressure, malnutrition, high cholesterol, or jaw bone loss. Poor nutrition can also cause tooth decay and gingivitis.
Tooth loss can cause some issues in your mouth as well. Some of your remaining teeth can shift into the spaces left open by your missing teeth. It can cause your remaining teeth to become weak. It can then lead to bite problems and even jaw joint pain. You can also experience soreness, bleeding, and irritation in your gums.
Having missing teeth can have some consequences. It’s not a serious problem so you shouldn’t worry. If you are having trouble eating with missing teeth, please call our office so we can help you. From there we can set up an appointment and provide you with all the answers and help you need.