At our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, our main focus is helping patients rebuild their smiles after suffering from tooth loss, no matter how severe. However, promoting optimal oral health also means taking every measure possible to prevent tooth loss from occurring, even if you’ve already experienced it once. With the right care and maintenance, you have a good chance of success, and today, we take a look at four of the most important tips on successfully preventing tooth loss.
Preserving Your Healthy, Natural Teeth
- Update your daily hygiene routine – Good hygiene is a common and well-known tenant of a healthy smile, but after a lifetime of brushing and flossing your teeth every day, it’s natural to become a little less diligent. However, the key to preventing the most common issues behind tooth loss, including gum disease, is to make sure you continue practicing excellent dental hygiene every day, without exception.
- Treat any damaged teeth immediately – When you think of a cracked or worn down tooth, you might automatically assume there has to be discomfort involved. However, not all cases of tooth damage cause severe pain, and in some cases, it can be easy to ignore a damaged tooth or postpone treating it. Waiting will not only risk the tooth sustaining more severe damage, but also raise the risks of losing the tooth or having to extract it.
- Address any existing issues like gum disease – The biggest problem with gum disease is the destruction it causes your gums and jawbone structure, which make it the leading cause of adult tooth loss. The biggest challenge to treating it is that, once gum disease develops, it can remain present for life, and protecting your smile will require ongoing maintenance of your periodontal health. The sooner you treat it, the less likely you’ll be to lose one or more teeth.
- Replace currently lost teeth with dental implants – Gum disease may be the leading cause of adult tooth loss, but the loss of one or more teeth can, itself, significantly increase your risks of losing more. That’s due mainly to the response of your jawbone after losing teeth roots. The lack of stimulation causes it to lose mass and density, becoming too weak to support the rest of your teeth. With dental implants, you can restore that stimulation and prevent the gradual weakening of your jawbone structure.
Learn more about how to prevent tooth loss
Whether you want to prevent tooth loss from ever happening, and have already experienced it and want to reduce your risks of losing more, we can help you successfully protect your smile. For more information, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.