Why Teeth Are So Important
Better Nutrition: People with teeth tend to eat foods that are healthier. Fruits and vegetables and other items that are rich in nutrients and fiber are harder for people with missing teeth and bone loss in the jaw to chew. As a result, they may opt for softer foods, which can be less nutritious. A healthy diet and a healthy body go hand in hand.
Normal Speech: Teeth and speech also go hand in hand. Every time we speak, the tongue pushes off on the teeth to pronounce different letter sounds in words. Without teeth, words sound muddled. The teeth also act to control air flow during speech. Too much air creates a lisping noise, which can be frustrating for both speaker and listener. Missing teeth and bone loss in the jaw may cause the tongue to thicken and expand into the gaps, creating another barrier to speech.
Bone Preservation: Every time we chew or bite down on something, the roots of the teeth stimulate the alveolar bone, the bone that keeps teeth secured in place. Missing teeth cause bone loss in the jaw because nothing is stimulating the alveolar bone anymore. Even dentures require healthy bone to function properly, which is why early treatment is imperative to preventing bone loss in the jaw.
Maintains Good Alignment: Teeth work best when all of them are there. Every tooth plays a role in maintaining good overall structure and alignment. Missing teeth cause teeth to shift and create bite problems. These issues can cause discomfort in the head, jaw and neck.
Fit Facial Muscles: One of the most common signs of bone loss in the jaw is flaccid facial muscles. Tooth and bone loss cause the muscles in the face to weaken, which can make the cheeks appear hollow and the mouth to have a caved in look.
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Dr. Robert Hawke, a general dentist in Tucson, AZ, offers many procedures that can improve the health and appearance of your smile. These advanced procedures include the LANAP Laser treatment, Dental Implants, Implant Supported Dentures, and Composite Fillings. If you suffer from gum disease or loose lower dentures, call our office today to schedule your appointment. We are proud to serve patients from Tucson, AZ and the surrounding areas including the Marana Valley, Oro Valley, and Vail, AZ.