Missing teeth can make life difficult in a number of ways. Not only does tooth loss increase the risk of temporomandibular joint disorder, it makes us less attractive, while also making it harder to eat. Sadly, this latter issue has been linked to health problems; in fact, a recent study suggests that tooth loss could increase a person’s risk of developing dementia.
A Strong Connection
A Swedish study suggests that chewing difficulties increase a person’s risk of cognitive problems as they age. To reach their findings, researchers looked at 500 subjects over the age of 77. Ultimately, they discovered that participants were much more likely to develop dementia when they had trouble chewing solid food. In fact, the findings were so compelling, they showed that each subject’s risk increased based on the number of teeth he or she had lost.
Tooth loss can occur for a number of reasons; however, regardless of the cause, the consequences can be dire. Fortunately, you can regain full chewing function with the help of modern dental implants which function just like natural teeth. When patients choose to replace their missing teeth with implants, they reduce their risk of problems, such as temporomandibular joint disorder. They also regain their ability to eat the foods they once loved. By enjoying a more complete diet, full of fibrous vegetables and lean meats, patients are able to avoid the potential health risks associated with tooth loss. They’re also able to avoid the social stigmas that come with missing teeth.
Make that Change
If missing teeth are negatively impacting your life, now is the time to do something about it. Contact Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins to learn how dental implants can add significant quality to your life. Don’t endure all the negatives associated with tooth loss; contact our office to find out how implants can change your life.