The Simple Act of Chewing and its Effect on Overall Patient Health
Astronauts who spend long periods of time in a weightless environment often experience a serious decline in bone mass. It has been estimated that around 1 percent of bone is lost for every month in zero gravity.
NASA calls this type of bone degradation “space bones.”
But who said you had to be in outer space to experience bone loss? Any medical expert will tell you that bone loss is all too common. The same principle applies on Earth. The human body and all its functioning parts require regular activity to stay strong and healthy.
The teeth and jaws are no exception.
Without a fully developed jaw and a full set of properly placed teeth, the bones and teeth will start to decline. The regular pressure by chewing is necessary to maintain healthy bone density and strength.
Just think “use it or lose it.”
When it comes to your oral health, not using your jaw ultimately leads to a shrinking jawline and a degenerated facial structure.
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This causes an aged appearance, which is one reason oral surgeons always recommend that people who are missing multiple teeth or are experiencing tooth decay should look into receiving dental implants.
Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw where the tooth used to be and are made of titanium screws, which naturally fuse with the jaw bone. This procedure replaces the missing tooth root, regenerates the jaw bone, and restores your oral and facial structure. A decline in the jaw and teeth leads to improper chewing, which in turn leads to poor nutrition and a whole host of subsequent problems.
Without a good set of teeth, that hard roll of bread, gummy candy, or bite of corn on the cob can’t be completely chewed or digested properly – and over time, doctors say, this results in additional health problems down the road. (Turns out your parents were right when they told you to chew your food properly!)
If your teeth are in need of some work, dental implants may be the answer – and you’ll want to meet with an experienced oral surgeon to discuss if you are a good candidate for this procedure. My partner, Dr. Rehrer, the team at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, and I are happy to speak with you and schedule a consultation at one of our 4 locations in the Portland Area. We look forward to hearing from you!