St. Charles Dentist: Better Habits Lead to a Healthier Smile!
By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
December 16, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Your oral health might take a back seat to the health of your body, but it shouldn’t. Bad oral health can wreck havoc in the mouth, and it can increase your chances of decay, gum disease and tooth loss. These three dental problems can cause problems for your overall health. Your St. Charles, IL dentist, Dr. John Isbrandt, talks the top three causes of tooth loss. Be aware and care for your teeth.
1. Bad Oral Health
Ignoring oral health practices, such as brushing and flossing, allows for plaque bacteria to buildup and break down tooth enamel. It doesn’t matter that enamel is one of the strongest tissues in the body—bacteria can “huff and puff” and destroy enamel. Without proper protection, bacteria continue to eat away at a tooth, spreading decay to the inside of the tooth and to the root. Extensive decay can result in tooth loss.
2. Physical Trauma
Whether it’s from a game of touch football or chomping on a kernel, trauma to the tooth can lead you down a painful road. Force to the tooth can loosen the root and knock it out, or the trauma might just lead to an infection in the tooth, which may call for an extraction. Don’t leave it be—contact your dentist as soon as possible.
3. Gum Disease
Bad oral health can lead to a more serous dental issue—periodontal disease. Some symptoms of gum disease include:
- Inflamed, sore gums
- Bleeding of the gums
- Red gum tissue
Left untreated, gum disease can destroy tissue and jawbone, ultimately resulting in tooth loss. Gum disease has been associated with osteoporosis, respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
For the sake of your overall health and outlook, it’s important to take action against tooth loss. Sometimes dental problems will get the best of you, but there are many restorative treatment options to help restore your smile and oral health. In St. Charles, dental implants, dentures and bridges are offered at Dr. Isbrandt’s dental practice. Talk to your family dentist in St. Charles, IL for more information.