Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have a major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. Here is what you can do to prevent adult tooth loss.
Causes of Adult Tooth Loss
When a child loses a tooth, it’s exciting. However, when an adult loses a tooth it is far more concerning. Adult teeth are meant to last your entire lifetime, although sometimes certain health issues can result in tooth loss. Medical News Today lists the following factors that are often responsible for tooth loss in adults:
This disease occurs because of infection and inflammation of the gums. Adults experience gum disease in most cases due to poor oral hygiene habits. When you don’t brush and floss properly, plaque isn’t removed from the teeth. Plaque, which can harbor bacteria, can stick to the teeth and develop into tartar. This can result in the gums pulling away from the teeth, creating gaps that can become infected. If left untreated, this infection can break down the bone and tissue supporting the teeth, resulting in tooth loss.
When a woman becomes pregnant, she experiences raised levels of estrogen and progesterone. This can affect the bones and tissues in the mouth. Higher levels of these hormones can alter the mouth in such a way that can cause the teeth to become loose. The changes that occur during pregnancy typically resolve once the baby is delivered, however, if you do experience these issues while pregnant it’s important to let your dentist know so they can keep an eye on it and do everything they can to prevent tooth loss.
Another common reason we see adult tooth loss is due to injury. While our teeth are strong, they sometimes aren’t strong enough to survive a blow to the face caused by a fall, contact sports, or another type of accident. An injury can damage teeth and surrounding tissue, resulting in chipped or loose teeth. Further, grinding and clenching the teeth can lead to jaw pain and premature wear of the tissues in the mouth. If you suspect you have suffered an injury that’s affected the integrity of your smile, it’s crucial to get to the dentist to have your mouth examined to prevent tooth loss.
This disease can cause bones to weaken and become brittle. When this happens, even the smallest bumps and impacts can cause broken bones. While this most commonly affects the spine, hips, and wrists, it can also damage the bones in the jaw that support your teeth. If the jaw bone is affected, the teeth can become loose and even fall out.
Preventing Adult Tooth Loss
Working to prevent adult tooth loss is easier than you might think. OralB offers these simple, yet effective, tips that you can follow to keep your teeth for a lifetime:
- Switch to an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can help prevent tooth loss and slow the progression of gum disease. If you’re not good at brushing with a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush could make all the difference.
- Floss regularly. A proper oral care routine includes flossing to remove plaque stuck between the teeth. Doing this will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Other tips to prevent tooth loss include:
- Using fluoride toothpaste
- Seeing your dentist every six months
- Wearing a night guard to bed if you grind your teeth
- Protecting your teeth by wearing a mouthguard while playing sports
Options for Missing Teeth
At Niles Family Dentistry, we offer a number of services to help you replace any missing teeth you might have. We offer:
- Implant restorations: these are best for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, gum disease, or other reasons. A dental implant is a metal post that is surgically placed into the jaw to replace the root of the missing tooth. Once in place and healed, the dentist will insert a crown to serve as the replacement tooth.
- Partial and full dentures: dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. We offer two types of dentures: partial and full. Partial dentures are for those who have some natural teeth remaining, while full dentures are best for those who need to replace all of their teeth in one or both arches.
- Implant retained dentures: these are held in place by dental implants and can be removed from the mouth during sleep or when they need to be cleaned. However, unlike conventional dentures that simply slip into place, these partials are anchored to fixed titanium posts embedded in the jawbone that emulates natural tooth loss.
Replace Missing Teeth with Niles Family Dentistry
If you have any loose teeth or already have a tooth missing, make an appointment with Dr. Ashley Niles and Niles Family Dentistry today: (720)-744-0001.