When it comes to tooth loss, there are more potential causes of it than many people realize. Many of these causes are not immediately obvious, such as the progression of gum disease, and they can develop from seemingly minor things, like not brushing and flossing your teeth carefully enough. Today, we examine some things that don’t seem serious can lead to domino effects that ultimately lead to the loss or extraction of one or more teeth.
An inconsistent dental hygiene routine
The most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease, which is a chronic oral health concern that starts with too many bacteria accumulating on your gum line. The goal of your dental hygiene routine is to prevent this excessive accumulation every day. Consequently, an inconsistent or inadequate dental hygiene routine can be one of the biggest factors in the formation of gum disease, and as a result, a heightened risk of experiencing tooth loss. To control this risk, be sure to carefully brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, and to ensure you keep your gum line particularly clean.
Bleeding in your gums when you brush and floss
One of the earlier signs of gum disease development involves bleeding in your gums when you brush and floss your teeth. The pressure of your toothbrush and floss can disturb gum tissues that have become compromised due to the disease, causing them to bleed slightly. However, bleeding gums don’t often hurt, as well, which can mislead many patients into believing that the warning is insignificant. Yet, if you ignore the warning long enough, then gum disease can lead to extensive damage to your gums and jawbone structure, making tooth loss or extraction imminent.
Aching or sensitivity in your tooth
There are some things that could warn you of gum disease, tooth decay, or other conditions that could lead to tooth loss. Besides signs of disease in your gums, pain or sensitivity in your tooth can also indicate a problem that can quickly become more severe. For instance, your tooth may have developed tooth decay, a progressive infection in your tooth structure, or it may have been fractured or broken. Like gum disease, these conditions can grow increasingly worse over time. In severe cases, they can lead to the loss of the tooth, or the need to extract and replace it to help you regain your good oral health and bite function.
Learn how to control your risks of tooth loss
Tooth loss typically occurs from an underlying oral health concern that may not seem so severe at first. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.