Tooth loss can often seem like it’s bound to happen, but like most dental issues, it can actually be prevented. In fact, thanks to advanced dental health care and treatments, many patients successfully avoid tooth loss altogether, preserving their healthy, natural teeth for life. For patients who avoid losing teeth, the secret is preventing the issues that lead to tooth loss – most notably, gum disease. By keeping your teeth and gums consistently healthy, addressing any dental issues that develop as soon as possible, and acting on your dentist’s recommendations, you have a good chance of preventing tooth loss, as well.
How Do Most People Lose Teeth?
Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss because the chronic condition gradually destroys the periodontal tissue and jawbone structure that support your teeth. The symptoms of gum disease are not always obvious without routine dental exams. Therefore, people who don’t stick to a regular schedule visits (or a good hygiene routine) are more likely to lose one or more teeth to gum disease or some other chronic dental condition.
What Are Your Risk Factors?
While gum disease may be your biggest risk factor for gum disease, it isn’t the only one. For instance, if you develop tooth decay or have a significant case of tooth misalignment, then the longer you wait to address the issue, the higher your chances will be of losing one or more teeth. If you’ve already lost a tooth, then the resulting changes to your bite can also raise your risks of tooth loss if not addressed as soon as possible.
Find Out How You Can Avoid Tooth Loss
Many people experience tooth loss to some degree in their lifetime, but not everyone has to. To learn how you can avoid tooth loss, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.