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You probably know that you should visit your dentist at least once every six months if you’re interested in maintaining a healthy, strong smile. However, did you know that if you avoid these checkups, you could be putting yourself in danger of gum disease? Many Americans have gum disease and don’t realize it. Unfortunately, if bacteria builds up on your teeth, it can irritate your gum line. If this happens, pockets of bacteria can form—which leads to infections which can affect your tooth’s root and the connective tissues that keep your teeth rooted to your jaw.

While missing a tooth can be an embarrassing problem, missing teeth can actually lead to a number of serious complications. For instance, did you know that missing teeth can change your bite? This can eventually affect the way your jaw closes, which can even lead to TMJ disorder. Individuals with missing teeth can experience jawbone deterioration, which can also lead to bone loss.

There are a number of options you can consider for addressing these issues, including dental implants, dentures, and bridges. Our team will be happy to examine the state of your smile and determine which of these restorations could be your best option. All of these restorations are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. And remember that you can typically prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing daily and visiting your dentist about every six months.

If you’re interested in learning more about gum disease or dealing with a lost tooth, we invite you to contact Family Dentistry at 812.853.3313. Dr. David G. Ogle, Samuel E. Schmitz, William R. Hart, & David Fickas and our entire team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and offer you personalized advice. We’re eager to hear from you soon.