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Missing Teeth and Obesity

Missing Teeth and ObesityA lost tooth can affect the health and appearance of your smile, but it may also be able to affect the health and appearance of your entire body as well. Our Northridge dentist explains.

According to studies performed in Canada and Egypt, those who have lost several teeth are three times more likely to gain weight than those who have all 32 original teeth. Each tooth plays a role in chewing, the first step in digestion. If you lose a tooth, you may be unable to eat comfortably. You may find yourself skipping fibrous fruits and veggies and reaching instead of higher-fat, easier-to-eat processed foods.

Tooth loss is generally quite avoidable. Thanks to the advent of fluoridation and improved access to quality dental care, many Americans can expect to enjoy a lifetime of service from their teeth. The best way to maintain your teeth is to brush twice a day and floss once a day. Good dental hygiene works hand-in-hand with regular dental checkups. The ADA recommends biannual checkups and professional cleanings, but you may need more frequent checkups if you are at an increased risk of gum disease or tooth loss.

If you do lose a tooth, replacing it can minimize the complications that often accompany the loss of a tooth. Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement. Implants can support healthy bone density and can help you continue to enjoy a healthy, well-rounded diet. Contact our expert in dental implants in Northridge to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

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