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Side Effects of Not Taking Care of Your Teeth

TMJ | Gilbert, AZWe hear so much about taking care of our teeth to prevent cavities that it’s easy to forget everything else that can come after cavities. Thankfully, many of us don’t need to worry about those concerns too much. We take care of our teeth as our dentist asks and that’s all there is to it.

Unfortunately, we’re not all so lucky. Some of us have health issues that affect our dental health, while others have experienced accidents that require serious dental interference. Keep reading to learn what can happen when you don’t take care of your dental health.

Loss of Teeth

If you don’t take care of your teeth, there will be repercussions in the health of your mouth and teeth. These often begin as cavities that your dentist may help treat. If left untreated, cavities can become worse, leading to a root canal or even loss of the entire tooth. It doesn’t end there: lost teeth can lead the rest of your teeth to move, which can then affect your speech or ability to chew properly.

To solve this problem, we can replace a lost tooth with an implant. Implants are a good option, as unreplaced teeth can often lead to loss of jaw bone tissue.

TMJ

TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder may come from stress, muscle spasm, clenching, or a joint disorder (or a combination of the above). This can cause many issues if you leave your TMJ untreated. Unfortunately, you can develop pain in front of the ear, headaches, joint noises, limited mouth opening, jaw locking, and change in bite.

What do I do to prevent damage to my teeth and mouth?

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings
  • Avoid using tobacco
  • Floss daily
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks
  • See your dentist regularly
  • Bring up concerns you have with them

If you are currently suffering from these issues, please get in touch. Contact us at (480) 539-7979 to schedule a consultation where we can discuss implants or reconstruction to restore your appearance and confidence.

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