Delmarva Dental Services - Reasons You Should Keep Your Teeth
We all know that brushing our teeth twice a day, rinsing with mouthwash and flossing are simple keys to a beautiful smile and healthy mouth, but what if we could do more?
The professionals at Delmarva Dental Services say that considering our teeth do much more than chewing, we should do much more than the normal brush. They tell us all about restoring, repairing, and in some cases, replacing can lead to an overall healthier mouth.
Dr. Leigh Auchey says your teeth are very important and do a lot more than you may realize.
“They help you with your speech, they are going to help you digest your food better, they are going to support the muscles and the skin on your face,” Dr. Auchey says. “So aesthetically functionally and even just talking. Socially there is a component of how you feel about how you look and appear to others. That goes a long with your teeth.”
Dr. Auchey says some patients choose tooth extraction over saving a restorable tooth for a variety of reasons. She says your teeth work together to achieve all those functions and one missing tooth can really put a wrench in the works and the side effects can send you right back to the dentist’s chair.
Furthermore, Dr. Auchey says missing back teeth could mean a lot of trouble for the front teeth.
“You get that overclosed effect, but you also put a lot of force on the front teeth which aren’t intended to do heavy chewing or functioning,” Dr. Auchey says. “So then you are creating another problem which is heavy forces on those front teeth creates breakage or heavy wear, and you’re kind of again in that ripple effect of decisions that may have been made years ago are now affecting what you have left.”
Dr. Auchey says that bottom line is to percent tooth problems that you have control over. That means brushing, flossing, limiting sugar intakes, and routine visits to the dentists.