Essay On Tooth Loss

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or many, the loss of a natural, permanent tooth is overwhelming. If a front tooth is lost, there will be visible gaps when an individual smiles. Frequently, this causes a feeling of self-consciousness, which leads to the purposeful hiding of teeth during a smile or while laughing. Besides cosmetic changes, tooth loss also affects the way an individual speaks and chews; thus, reducing his or her overall quality of life.

Unfortunately, even if the tooth loss occurred in an area not directly visible when one smiles, as time passes, this empty space causes the remaining teeth to shift. This shifting of the teeth may also change the characteristics of an individual’s smile and negatively affect the way he or she speaks, and chews.

Is Tooth Loss Common?

Yes, nearly 200 million Americans have at least one missing tooth.
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Symptoms of gingivitis include: red, swollen gums that bleed during brushing or flossing.

If left untreated, gingivitis leads to periodontitis. Once gingivitis transitions into periodontitis, pockets of bacteria develop around the teeth and these bacteria begin destroying the jawbone. As these pockets continue filling with bacteria, jawbone deterioration begins, which leads to the teeth becoming loose and the onset of receding gums. Once an individual reaches this stage of gum disease, tooth loss is likely.

Injuries (Frequently Related to Participating in Sporting Events)

Unfortunately, playing sports and injuries to the teeth frequently go hand in hand. If necessary precautions are not taken, a basketball or elbow to the mouth could lead to tooth loss. The good news is that tooth loss/injury during sporting events can be prevented if an athlete wears a custom-designed mouth guard while participating in these kinds of

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