September 19th is National Talk Like a Pirate Day, so people across the country will be polishing off their “arr, mateys” to enjoy talking like an old timey rapscallion. Of course, most of them won’t be producing quite the right pirate accent, because a lot of pirates were missing teeth. There were a variety of reasons why oral health care was so poor back in the day, including:
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- The recent introduction of white sugar to the European diet
- Poor diet and nutrition
- Poor hygiene aboard pirate ships
- Missing teeth from all the above
Many of the characteristics of pirate speak are actually characteristics of missing teeth and advanced oral changes from them, which means the chances of you talking like a pirate are high if you’re missing teeth.
Stop the Pirate Talk With Dental Implants
If you’re missing teeth and you want to preserve your smile instead of developing “pirate mouth”, the most important step is to get dental implants as replacements for your missing teeth quickly. The longer you wait, the more permanent changes there will be, and the harder it will be to restore your original smile. A quick consultation with your dentist in Denville, NJ will tell you whether you’re a candidate or not, and procedures can be scheduled quickly. With how short the recovery time is on implants and how much they improve patients’ quality of life, you really need to talk about your options soon.