The last thing anyone wants to wind up with a mouthful of missing teeth. And yet it happens to so many adults. In order to prevent tooth loss, it’s important to first know how it happens. Take a look below at the top 8 causes of tooth loss in adults.
Gum disease can lead to tooth loss
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is the inflammation of the gums and the supporting structure of the teeth. When it goes untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Poor oral hygiene decays teeth
Daily brushing and flossing prevents the buildup of bacteria on the teeth and in the gums. The accumulation of bacteria in your mouth decays teeth and leads to gum disease, both of which can potentially lead to tooth loss.
Irregular dental check-ups can lead to tooth loss
Visiting your dentist at least twice a year (or more, if recommended) allows your dentist to clean hard-to-reach areas and catch signs of trouble before they lead to problems like gum disease and tooth decay.
Ignoring cavities can mean potential tooth loss
Although the pain in your tooth may cause you to fear the dentist (and therefore ignore the six-month checkup reminder), the dentist is the very person who can help fix the issue and keep the problems to a minimum. Ignoring your cavities only leads to more pain and potential tooth loss.
Poor nutrition increases the risk of tooth loss
Diets rich in sugar, carbs, and acids cause damage to our teeth and gums, and a lack of healthy nutrients can also decrease our mouth’s resistance to infection. These conditions greatly increase the risk of tooth loss.
Trauma can lead to missing teeth
When teeth are impacted by accidents and contact sports, they may not actually fall out right away, but the impact can result in root fractures that don’t show up until much later. Untreated root fractures lead to infection and even tooth loss.
Missing teeth can lead to more tooth loss
Did you know that one missing tooth can lead to more missing teeth? If you replace the missing tooth as soon as possible, this won’t happen, but if you leave an empty space in your mouth, it can cause a shift in your bite. The resulting misalignment may put an overload of pressure on your remaining teeth, leading to fracture and ultimately, tooth loss.
Smoking and drinking can lead to tooth decay
Smoking and excessive drinking can both lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. All of these conditions put a person at high risk for tooth loss.
Looking for some good news?
If you are an adult who has lost teeth, you’ve probably suffered self-consciousness because of it. Additionally, the condition of your teeth may have resulted in lost pleasures associated with eating.
“Where’s the good news?” you ask.
At Dental Implant Experts in San Diego, we can restore your smile, your confidence, and your pleasure. And what’s more, advanced implant technology allows us to do it in a single day. Gone are the days when the dental implant procedure took months to complete. Now, you can have your new teeth in one day.
But, before you commit to implants, it’s important to understand that they require the same care as natural teeth. So you’ll want to be sure you’re ready to:
- Practice proper daily oral hygiene
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year
- Stop smoking
- Stop drinking excessively
- Maintain a healthy diet
Ready to take great care of your teeth and to share your smile freely? Then give us a call at Dental Implant Experts and schedule a consultation today.