October is National Dental Hygiene Month. A fitting time to observe the necessity of taking care of your oral health. As the Halloween candy fills our homes, and we prepare goodies for spooky festivities, this is the best occasion to take stock of your teeth and gums. A healthy smile requires daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash. Making sure you drink plenty of water is also an essential part of maintaining good dental hygiene and an important aspect of your overall health. However, the most vital part of a healthy smile is a full smile. When you’re missing one or more teeth, you’re putting your health in jeopardy.
How Missing Teeth Affect Your Oral Health
There are many, many detrimental side effects of living with missing teeth. The empty space causes your remaining teeth to shift to fill the gap. The lack of stimulation from biting down causes your jaw bone to degrade, which makes your face change shape over time, leaving you with a sunken appearance. Your speech may even be affected. What’s more, missing teeth makes it difficult to properly care for your teeth and gums, making you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease that in turn can lead to more tooth loss. Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile and oral health.
Poor dental hygiene and advanced gum disease have been linked to heart disease and diabetes. You can keep your full, healthy smile by brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing once a day or at least three times a week, and rinsing with water or mouthwash between meals.
If you have missing teeth, our prosthodontist can help. Schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Binon in Roseville today at (916) 786-6676. Our dental implant specialist serves clients in Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Rocklin, and surrounding areas of Roseville, California.