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Tooth and Bone Loss in Vancouver & Burnaby, BC

Gum Disease and Tooth and Bone Loss Vancouver & Burnaby, BCDr. Steven Tsoung, a general dentist in Vancouver, treats patients with gum disease. Gum disease affects many, and it is important to be treated because it can lead to tooth and bone loss. When that happens, life can get difficult in numerous ways.

  • Nutrition suffers: When gum disease strikes and teeth begin to fall out, certain foods, such as vegetables, fruits and grains become harder to chew. As a result, people with advanced gum disease often opt for softer foods during meals and miss out on the daily fiber and nutrients they need to keep healthy and avoid illness, infections and disease.

  • Talking becomes is a chore: Everyone needs teeth to speak clearly. Missing teeth make speaking difficult, because the tongue depends on teeth to form letter sounds. Without teeth, a lisp develops and other people have trouble understanding what is being said. The tongue can also spread out into the gaps between missing teeth, which further muddles pronunciation.

  • Bone degeneration: One of the unfortunate hallmarks of advanced gum disease is bone loss. When teeth fall out, the alveolar bone (the bone that holds teeth in place) no longer receives the daily stimulation it used to get from the roots of teeth when they chewed and bit down. Without stimulation, the bone gets weak and deteriorates. Dentures also depend on bone to function so it is important to visit your general dentist in Vancouver to prevent or treat gum disease as soon as possible.

  • Teeth become misaligned and uncomfortable: Teeth work best when you have a full set. Even one or two teeth lost to gum disease or other reasons can disrupt the mouth’s natural functioning, particularly the bite. Loose and shifting teeth also affect the bite and can lead to head, neck and jaw pain and impact jaw bone health.

  • Sagging face muscles: Gum disease can cause people to appear a lot older than they are. When teeth fall out, the jaw loses support and begins to deteriorate. Without a strong jaw bone, the face loses support and muscles droop. Hollowed cheeks and an inward-sinking mouth are a common consequence of missing teeth.

Brushing, flossing and visiting your general dentist in Vancouver offer the best protection against gum disease. If you do have gum disease, Dr. Tsoung is a general dentist in Vancouver who can treat it.

Dr. Steven Tsoung, located in Vancouver, BC, is a dentist who serves patients from the Vancouver area. Dr. Tsoung specializes in cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, and Invisalign. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!

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