Did you know that periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the United States? Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It is caused by harmful bacteria that is found in your mouth. If this bacteria is not removed from your teeth and gums during daily brushing and flossing as well as routine dental cleanings, it can build up and harden and lead to periodontal disease.
Pregnant women are more susceptible to periodontal disease and this is believed to be due to the changes in hormone levels that accompany pregnancy. If you are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant, it is vitally important for you to practice good oral hygiene at home. Your dentist may also recommend that you come in for dental cleanings more often than usual (more frequently than every six months).
Smoking can also increase your risk for periodontal disease and limit your tooth replacement options. If you smoke or use any type of tobacco products, you are putting your oral health at risk. Talk to your physician today about a healthy ways to quit smoking.
If you have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, due to smoking or less than perfect oral hygiene, you may be wondering if you are a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants take the place of missing teeth roots and provide for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with a dental implants specialist in your local area. Even if you have lost bone and support tissue, with bone and tissue grafts, you may still be a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system.