While not all causes of tooth loss are preventable (e.g. a knocked-out tooth in an accident), tooth loss is a preventable occurrence in most incidences. Despite America being a First World country, tooth loss affects millions of Americans each year. It is important to realize that your choices have a direct impact on your oral health – in other words, your oral health is up to you. By avoiding the most common reasons for tooth loss, you can protect your smile for a lifetime.
- Poor oral hygiene. Your teeth are meant to be permanent fixtures inside your mouth that last for your entire lifetime. They need to be cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis in order to remain healthy. Most people will brush their teeth at some point each day, but the majority of people do not floss every day. Here is the truth: you need to floss every day and brush your teeth at least twice a day. If you are not, you are allowing your mouth to become coated in acid-producing, bacteria-laden dental plaque that is constantly assaulting your teeth. While tooth enamel is the hardest substance inside the human body, it is not invincible. Neglecting your oral hygiene is only setting your mouth up for disaster.
- Cavities. Yet another preventable, albeit chronic, condition that plagues Americans. Whether cavities are caused by an overindulgence of sugar, neglecting your oral hygiene, overconsumption of acidic foods and beverages (including alcohol), or being genetically predisposed to cavity development – cavities are bad news. If a cavity is not treated and filled in a timely manner, the damage can progress so that the cavity reaches the inner roots of the tooth. This will not only cause excruciating pain, but it will kill the tooth.
- Gum disease. Gum disease occurs when bacteria-laden dental plaque remains on the teeth at the gum line. The bacteria will irritate and infect the gum tissues at first, causing the gums to become red, tender, and bleed easily. But left untreated, gum disease will become severe and irreversible. Gum disease can cause the ligaments that support your teeth and the jaw bone to weaken, loosening the support for the teeth, and causing them to fall out.
- Tobacco use. Smoking, dipping, or any other use of tobacco puts you at a much higher risk for many different health problems. Tobacco users are more likely to have bacterial plaque buildup; thus, they are more likely to experience all of the issues that lead to tooth loss.
At Allen Dentistry, we encourage you to take care of your smile and avoid the common causes for tooth loss. With just a little effort, you can keep your smile for life.
Posted on behalf of Allen Dentistry