If you haven’t experienced tooth loss but worry that you might in the future, the good news is that you may have a good chance at preventing it. That’s because many cases of tooth loss result from things that can be prevented or treated early. Being diligent in your oral health care will significantly improve your chances of avoiding the loss of a tooth due to such concerns. However, it’s important to recognize what your specific risks of tooth loss may be, and how to know if one or more factors cause those risks to rise.
If you haven’t seen your dentist in a while
Many people believe that as long as they carefully and thoroughly brush their teeth twice a day and floss at least once, they don’t have to visit their dentist that often. Yet, regular preventive dental visits aren’t just to address issues that have arisen, but to ensure your hygiene efforts remain effective at preventing such issues from developing in the first place. If you skip even a single checkup and cleaning appointment, then your risks of developing something like tooth decay or gum disease will automatically higher. Because these conditions can lead to the loss of a tooth or the need for tooth extraction if they become severe, their development means that your risks of experiencing tooth loss are now higher.
If you have an oral health concern
Tooth decay and gum disease are the most common oral health concerns to affect adults, and gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Before either condition leads to tooth loss, however, they progress through several stages, from minor to severe, and each stage is highly treatable and manageable. If you develop tooth decay or gum disease, or if a tooth becomes damaged, misaligned, or compromised in any way, then addressing the condition as soon as possible is the most effective way of mitigating the heightened risk of tooth loss that accompanies it.
If you’ve already experienced tooth loss
Of all the conditions that could potentially affect your oral health, the loss of a tooth has the greatest impact on your risks of losing more teeth in the future. As most other oral health conditions are progressive, so are the consequences to your teeth and oral structures after experiencing tooth loss. These consequences create a domino effect that leaves your dental ridge weaker and less dense, making it more likely that you’ll lose one or more teeth due to the erosion.
Learn to control your risks of tooth loss
If you’re diligent in caring for your smile and visiting your dentist regularly, you have a better chance at keeping your risks of tooth loss low. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.