The truth about missing teeth
Tooth decay and gum disease are the leading causes of missing teeth in Australian adults. If you are an Aussie adult and missing some of your pearly whites, then you are not alone! When looking at the national population as a whole, Aussie adults are on average, missing five teeth.
Sounds like a lot of teeth, right?
Which brings us back to gum disease and tooth decay. Yes, we hear these phrases both from our dentists and on TV when listening to toothpaste and toothbrush commercials. It tends to go in one ear and out the other as we chomp away on our favourite, sugary treats. Tooth decay – doesn’t sound so bad does? When in reality, the outcome of tooth decay is the loss of teeth – and that’s not something to smile about.
These issues can cause major havoc with your mouth, gums and teeth. Serious cases result in the loss of teeth and the requirement for dentures to replace the missing teeth. Despite the advances of dentures and their improved technology to mould to your mouth and gums, you are still requiring costly external intervention which could be avoided with regular oral upkeep. Missing teeth can also lead to a decline in general health, with studies showing a correlation to missing teeth and overall well-being.
To avoid missing teeth in your future adult years and to avoid the costly intervention of dental implants, see your dentist at least once a year or more. Those who visit their dentist regularly, generally have fewer missing teeth than those who skip their yearly dental checkup. This is due to a number of factors including the early identification of potential oral problems, the ongoing maintenance of their teeth and a regular cleaning schedule.
Keep your teeth clean and in top condition to keep all those pearly whites in their place for years to come.