Protect Your Overall Health
But TMJ isn’t the only impact of missing and broken teeth that can affect more of the body. Missing teeth and drifting teeth can make it hard to clean your teeth well, increasing your risk of gum disease. Gum disease can lead to further tooth loss. It has been linked with a higher risk of conditions like heart disease, stroke, autoimmune disorders, dementia, and potentially even cancer.
Broken teeth are also ripe for infection by oral bacteria. An infected tooth can cause deadly complications as infection can spread to the blood, the sinuses, even the brain. Left untreated, bacteria from an infected tooth can travel to the heart, increasing your risk of heart disease still further.
Infected teeth and gums sometimes give few symptoms, so unless you’re paying close attention, these dangerous infections can grow unnoticed, leading to more serious cases in the future.
Having broken or missing teeth can cause you to chew ineffectively, which will lead to poorly chewed food being swallowed. This can make you more likely to choke, can cause digestive problems, and make it so you don’t get full nutritional value out of your food.