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CHAPTER_4335.2: Tooth Loss and Social Problems


Tooth loss has physical, social and psychological consequences including physical pain, shifting of teeth, social embarrassment, anxiety, self-consciousness, speech problems and emotional pain and distress. The good news, though, is that these problems can be avoided by learning about tooth loss and talking to your general dentist  Visiting the dentist for cleanings twice a year and improving oral hygiene habits are steps you can take to prevent future problems from developing. In fact, ongoing advances in the field of dentistry have made it possible to retain our teeth well into our 70s, 80s or even 90s. If tooth loss is unavoidable, options for tooth replacement are available in the form of implants or dentures, which can effectively restore your smile and self-esteem.


Studies suggest that once a person has fewer than 28 natural teeth, their quality of life declines with each tooth loss. This correlation between oral and overall health gives us all the more reason to take care of our teeth. Maintaining a healthy mouth not only leads to a brighter smile, but it can also ward off heart attacks or strokes, assist in the management of blood glucose levels, potentially keep away some forms of cancer, and possibly help manage arthritis.  n the long run, there is more at stake than just your teeth and gums a healthy smile leads to a healthier life.


Reviewed: January 2012