Did you know that something like 70 percent of the adult population in our country will lose at least one tooth over the course of a lifetime? Sad, but true. Don’t worry, if you ever find yourself in such a situation, we can definitely help. But we’d rather keep you smiling with your original set of teeth. That’s why, with today’s post we wanted to uncover why adult tooth loss occurs–and even more importantly, what you can do to prevent that kind of trauma from ever happening to you. Keep reading to see some of the underlying factors for adult tooth loss, and then be sure to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Dores–the trusted dentist in Longmeadow, MA for both restorative and preventive dental solutions.
Factor #1 Poor Oral Hygiene
Without practicing a daily oral hygiene routine, it won’t be long before you see a buildup of plaque–that sticky film made of bacteria that is present in everyone’s mouths to a certain extent. This situation can lead to cavities and even to gum disease which can result in a complete loss of your teeth. Why let it come to that?
Factor #2 Cavities
We want to see you every 3-6 months, and there are good reasons for that. Tooth decay that is undiagnosed or untreated is a leading cause of tooth loss. While it is true that you can still end up with cavities even when you are taking good care of your teeth, brushing and flossing diligently will increase your protective factors.
Factor #3 Periodontal Disease
Just like with cavities, gum disease is caused by that dangerous oral bacteria. When the bacteria gets below your gumline it starts to cause inflammation, infection, and eventual weakening of your gums. They’ll start to recede, showing more and more of the roots of your teeth until they start to lose stability. The loss of stability as a result of untreated gum disease will get worse and worse until your gums and bone can’t support your teeth anymore. Most gum disease patients lose multiple teeth rather quickly as the infection spreads from one tooth to another! Gum disease can also lead to bigger health concerns elsewhere in your body.
Factor #4 Emergencies & Accidents
A car crash, sports injury, or a slip-and-fall injury at the pool can happen without much warning. Teeth are lost from that kind of trauma all the time, especially in the summertime!
In many cases a traumatically damaged tooth can be saved with a crown or other restoration, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes there’s nothing that can be done. But we will set you up with a great replacement plan if that is the situation you are confronting. Be careful out there!
Factor #5 Fear Of The Dentist
Please don’t avoid us! Our professional teeth cleanings are essential for eradicating food particles, bacteria, etc. And oral exams are able to catch problems like cavities far earlier than you can spot them. The same applies for gum disease. We’ll be here for you, but we can’t do you much good if you don’t come to see us on a regular basis. Don’t worry, we will work with you to overcome any fears or anxiety that you may have. Plus, we will make your visit pleasant and painless each and every time you pass through our doors!
Contact The Tooth-Saving Team At Dores Dental!
Contact us right away to set up your next visit to our Longmeadow, MA dentist’s office. Dr. Dores has the tools and the training to keep you smiling through every stage of life.