Are Your Teeth Becoming a Threat to Your Health?

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"Out with the old, in with the new" is a popular phrase in January. Most people don’t think of their teeth when using this phrase, but for some, their teeth can become a threat to their health.  

When infected teeth are untreated, it can lead to diabetes, coronary artery disease, stroke, autoimmune disorders, and erectile dysfunction. In numerous cases, the teeth are so worn down, damaged and diseased that they need to be permanently removed and replaced. This is known as terminal dentition.

Some of the common causes of terminal dentition are:

  • Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
  • Recurrent cavities
  • Worn teeth
  • Acid reflux disease
  • Drug abuse
  • Periodontal disease
  • Extensive dental work that is failing

In some cases, people are not aware that they may have terminal dentition. Periodontal disease doesn’t always hurt, and neither does excessive wear.

Some of the signs that you may have terminal dentition are:

  • Chewing hurts
  • Losing teeth
  • Most of the teeth have gone bad
  • Gums look infected
  • Bad breath
  • Embarrassed to smile

Although terminal dentition may seem troublesome, treating this condition and replacing the diseased teeth can improve your health. You will be able to chew with confidence and enjoy all foods, regain your overall health and smile more often.   Your dentist can discuss your options for replacement with you.

One option is traditional removable dentures. Implant retained dentures, both removable and fixed, are another option to consider. Most people are concerned about walking around with no teeth, but whichever method you choose, you can leave the dentist’s office with the replacement teeth the same day they are extracted.

If you have missing or deteriorating teeth, or have long-term dental issues, it may be time to discuss your options with your dentist. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ee today, to determine the next step in helping you achieve your best smile.

As an associate fellow with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Dr. Ee can also answer questions or concerns you have about dental implants.  We welcome new patients, and are always happy to answer any questions about your dental health.

Cape May Dental Associates is located at 411 Park Blvd., Cape May, NJ 08204. For more information, visit capemaydental.com, call (609) 884-5335, follow Cape May Dental on Facebook, or email Dr. Ee at contact@capemaydental.com.