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A staggering number of people (close to 70 percent of American adults) will lose at least one tooth over the course of a lifetime! That’s why in our last post, we talked about a great restorative dentistry solution: dental implants. But today we wanted to talk about what causes that tooth loss and what can be done to prevent it. So, take a look at these factors, and then be sure to schedule your next appointment at our Paradise, CA dentist’s office.
#1 Poor Hygiene At Home
We always tell our patients that preventive dentistry begins at home. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a buildup of plaque–that sticky white film made of bacteria that lives in everyone’s mouths. If it accumulates, it will have the chance to attack your teeth, causing decay and gum disease that can lead to complete loss of your teeth. So make sure you brush, floss, and rinse every day!
Tooth decay is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. It’s true that you can still end up with cavities even when you are taking good care of your teeth, but brushing and flossing diligently will increase your protective factors. Cavities can lead to tooth loss and/or extraction in cases that go undiagnosed or untreated, so coming by our office regularly will allow us to catch such problems early enough for conservative treatment.
#3 Gum Disease
As with cavities, gum disease is caused by oral bacteria. When that bacteria gets below your gumline it starts to cause inflammation, infection, and eventual weakening of your gums. They’ll start to recede, showing more and more of the roots of your teeth until they start to lose stability.
The loss of stability as a result of untreated gum disease will get worse and worse until your gums and bone can’t support your teeth anymore. Most gum disease patients lose multiple teeth rather quickly as the infection spreads from tooth to tooth!
A sports injury or a slip-and-fall injury around the house can happen without warning. The car is an even more common setting for facial trauma. Teeth are lost from that kind of thing all the time!
In many cases a traumatically damaged tooth can be saved with a crown or other restoration, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes there’s nothing that can be done. But we will set you up with a great replacement plan if that is the case.
#5 Fear And Avoidance Of The Dentist
Consider this: there are a lot of places in your mouth that can’t be reached with brushing and flossing alone. That’s why professional cleanings are so important. And, like we said, our exams are able to catch cavities far earlier than you can spot them. The same applies for gum disease. We are here for you, but we can’t do much good if you never come to see us!
Save Your Smile Today!
You can reach our Paradise, CA dentist’s office at 530-413-7002. To prevent tooth loss, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moores ASAP!
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