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How bite disease can affect digestion

Poorly aligned teeth can lead to some serious health-related issues and may even impact one’s digestion.  

The teeth are made from enamel, which is, in fact, the hardest substance in the body. The enamel makes your teeth resistant to many diseases. It plays an important role in keeping the teeth in good condition in the long term. However, the enamel is not immune to acid attacks and extreme friction. Both of these factors can cause damage to the teeth over time, especially when the teeth are not properly aligned. When the teeth do not fit together as they should, the chewing muscles cannot function optimally. Abnormal or excessive force on the teeth can lead to tooth loss. This issue is known as bite disease, a problem that can have serious consequences on one’s wellbeing…

What problems can bite disease cause?

Bite disease, also known as occlusal disease, is a problem that can occur when the teeth are not properly aligned. While aligned teeth can withstand the forces of chewing and biting, misaligned teeth can be severely damaged by these forces over time. Bite discrepancies can also affect the muscles and jaw joints. It can lead to a range of issues and uncomfortable symptoms. It includes excessive wear and tears on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. It can make the teeth more susceptible to fractures, cracks, and loosening. If left untreated, the issue can even lead to premature tooth loss.

Unfortunately, many people do not take tooth loss as seriously as they should. You might think that losing a molar or two is not a big deal, especially if this is not causing you cosmetic concerns. But the reality is that each of your teeth performs an important role. The front teeth are designed for cutting, the side teeth are designed for holding, pulling and grasping, and the back teeth are designed for grinding and mashing so that food can be properly digested in the stomach. If you are missing your back teeth, you will likely begin to grind food improperly.

How can bite disease affect your digestion?

If you experience premature tooth loss of the back molars and cannot grind and mash your food as well as you should, it is possible that large pieces of food will enter your digestive system. It, in turn, increases the workload on the digestive system. Studies show that people who do not have their back teeth tend to have more digestive problems than those who have a healthy set of natural teeth. Furthermore, those who have lost back molars tend to be at greater risk of choking. They also experience issues related to poor nutrition because they find it difficult to eat a balanced diet that is rich in whole, unprocessed foods.

How can you deal with the issue?

If you are worried about the alignment of your teeth or have noticed any of the possible signs of premature or excessive wear and tear on the chewing surfaces of your teeth, you should consult with your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will examine your teeth and let you know how the issue can be effectively addressed. By resolving the issue, it is possible to enjoy improved oral health, a better-looking smile, and a healthier, more balanced, and varied diet.

How can we help?

At Elite Dental of Staten Island, we understand that there is an extremely important link between one’s oral and general health. If you have concerns about your teeth and how they may affect other aspects of your wellbeing, we encourage you to come and see us as soon as possible. We will let you know what treatment options are available and guide you through the process from beginning to end.

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