Gum Disease is the Leading Cause for Tooth Loss
How Avoiding Gum Disease Treatment Can Help You Lose that Job!
In a recent study by Kelton Research, nearly 40% of those surveyed said they would not be attracted to someone with crooked teeth. In the same study, more than 70% of those who responded believed people with straight teeth can be trusted more.
Personal opinions are naturally carried over into the workplace. Knowingly or not, employer perceptions have a great impact on whether they hire a person with a “less than perfect” smile.
Hiring managers in the workplace tend to have a bias against those with visible mouth issues. Research studies show that a high percentage of people have relatively negative views of people with dental flaws that are cosmetically unappealing. These groups of people are often viewed as unintelligent, unattractive and dishonest.
Although hard to prove, many have successfully proved in a court of law that they were discriminated against in the workplace because of mouth imperfections and passed over for positions they were otherwise qualified for if their smiles were healthy and appealing to the eye.
Over 94 Million US Adults are Missing Teeth
Another recently published study reported that nearly 30% of U.S. adults are missing one or more teeth. The leading cause for this is attributed to gum disease, a serious infection, also known as periodontitis.
Periodontal disease affects over 64 million American adults. It’s a common problem faced by many, but one that can be easily prevented with good oral care and cleaning habits. Red, swollen and irritated gums are classic symptoms of an early stage infection, known as gingivitis. When treated early, this stage of infection is completely reversible.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is partnering with organizations such as the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Dental Association to improve and sustain surveillance of periodontal disease in the adult U.S. population.
Left alone and without treatment by a gum disease dentist, gingivitis progresses to serious periodontal disease, which causes permanent damage and tooth loss. Our teeth help to keep us nourished; keep our jaw bone in place; and it has a great effect on personal appearance, as well as confidence.
Dental loss can be a life-changing event for some, and can lead to psychological and emotional problems, such as depression, loss of self-esteem, and social withdrawal. Flaws in the mouth can be embarrassing and really bring down self-esteem to a significant degree. Lack of confidence can cause one to avoid certain social settings and affect their overall quality of life.
Learn Why Teeth Loss Occurs and How to Prevent It
Periodontal disease is the most common reason people experience dental loss. If gum disease treatment is not sought early on, this serious infection will cause deterioration of the supporting jawbone and result in tooth loss.
Accidental injuries, such as car accidents and sports-related falls can literally cause a tooth to become cracked or broken, requiring removal by a licensed, experienced dentist.
A survey released by the American Association of Endodontists revealed that Americans worry more about tooth loss than a root canal or getting the flu.
When patients meet with Dr. Hauser at Lakefront Family Dentistry, they receive a thorough assessment and access to the most advanced dental and cosmetic technology. We strive to educate our patients on the importance of excellent oral hygiene habits and the need for scheduling regular preventive care visits.
How to Have Long Lasting, Excellent Dental Health
- Get regular screenings for oral disease
- Drink fluoridated water
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
- Brush and floss daily
- Don’t ignore mouth pain and sensitivity
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends patients visit their dentist twice a year for a professional exam, cleaning, and x-rays. People who seek regular preventive care are far less likely to develop cavities or suffer from the effects of periodontitis.
Early diagnosis is completely reversible, with proper treatment. Here are some signs of oral disease that should not be ignored.
Schedule an appointment immediately if any of the following symptoms are present:
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Repeated bleeding of gums when flossing or brushing
- Chronic bad breath
- Gums pulling away from the teeth
- Permanent teeth becoming loose
We look forward to becoming your partner to help maintain excellent oral health. Please call (951) 244-9495 and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Hauser and be evaluated for gum disease, or make an appointment online with us today!