Because your oral health is unique, your oral health needs are different than everyone else’s, including people who may have similar dental health concerns. For example, tooth loss means the same thing to everyone, but the specific risks that lead to tooth loss aren’t always even similar. Things like severe gum disease or accidental trauma might lead to the same result. However, if you can recognize your specific tooth loss risks and how you might be making them worse without realizing it, then you can take significant steps to reduce those risks and do a better job of protecting your smile for life.
Skipping good hygiene, even once in a while
Good hygiene is another thing that means virtually the same to everyone, but can have dramatically different impacts on your oral health. For example, brushing and flossing your teeth every day is universal. Yet, skipping it once or twice now and then isn’t, and if you do so, the plaque on your teeth can quickly calcify. This makes the bacteria that the film houses much more dangerous to your smile, as it will remain until your dentist or hygienist can remove the tartar professionally. Since harmful oral bacteria cause the leading cause of tooth loss – gum disease – keeping up with good hygiene is the most significant way to control your overall risks of experiencing it.
Ignoring signs that something is wrong
Even if your dental health is unique, including the specific issues it faces, there are common signs that can warn you something is wrong and to visit your dentist to seek appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, not everyone heeds these warnings at first, and they allow the condition to grow worse in time. If your teeth feels slightly sensitive, your gums seem red or bleed when you brush, you have chronic bad breath that won’t go away, or you notice any other visible changes to your teeth and/or gums, take the signs seriously and schedule a dental visit as soon as possible.
Allowing current tooth loss to go unaddressed
Besides gum disease, tooth loss itself can make you more likely to lose more teeth in the future. This can be from heightened risks of underlying dental concerns, including gum disease and/or tooth decay, as well as more subtle damage to your supportive jawbone structure. When you lose a tooth root, the jawbone surrounding it can begin to resorb unto itself, reducing the mass and density in that area. This can make your jawbone weaker unless you replace the root of your lost tooth with a dental implant and restoration.
Learn to lower your risks of tooth loss
Specific tooth loss risks may be different for many people, but in most cases, they can be lowered with the right care and maintenance. 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.