With the advanced state of dental health care today, tooth loss isn’t always such a disastrous occurrence for your smile as it used to be. For example, the rates of adult tooth loss have fallen over the years, and the quality of treatments to address it have, as well. From understanding the many different causes of tooth loss to designing ways to address it more successfully and comprehensively, you have more options than ever for preventing or dealing with tooth loss. Today, we take a look at some of the most important things we’ve learned about avoiding tooth loss and the need for custom replacement teeth.
Don’t ignore the importance of good hygiene
Perhaps not surprisingly, good dental hygiene remains the most important starting point for preserving your good oral health. Today, we know that tooth loss is often the result of chronic dental health issues, such as severe gum disease (or periodontal disease). We also know that gum disease is the cause of excessive oral health buildup (plaque and tartar), and that keeping your teeth clean consistently every day is the key to preventing this excessive buildup. This means preventing tooth loss requires keeping your teeth and gums free of disease by practicing good hygiene every day, without fail.
Take any warning signs serious, always
Good hygiene is preventive in many ways, most importantly, in preventing the buildup of oral disease-causing bacteria. It’s also vital to helping you keep an eye on any changes that could warn you of trouble. Every time you brush and floss your teeth, you should check carefully for things like changes to your tooth color or the appearance of your gums. You can also check carefully for signs like bleeding gums when you brush and floss, which is a common symptom of early gum disease (gingivitis).
Don’t let gaps in your smile stay empty
If you’ve already experienced tooth loss, it isn’t too late to significantly reduce your risks of experiencing it again. The loss of your teeth roots has a notable impact on your jawbone’s health and integrity; mainly, it can lose mass and density, making it too weak to retain all of the rest of your teeth over time. The sooner you fill the gaps in your smile and jawbone structure with dental implants, the faster you can mitigate this effect and improve your chances of avoiding any further tooth loss.
Learn more about avoiding tooth loss
While dental implants can do a lot to restore your smile after tooth loss, your oral health will benefit even more from preventing or minimizing the loss of your teeth. To learn more, 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.