When patients have problems with missing teeth, they can count on our team to help. Let's consider the causes of missing teeth and offer prevention tips where we can.
One of the most common causes of tooth loss, tooth decay refers to serious damage done to the tooth structure, leaving the enamel and dentin weakened. The best way to avoid tooth decay is to brush and floss regularly.
Periodontal disease refers to the infection of the gum tissue. This infection is the result of oral bacteria that naturally occurs in the mouth. This is the same oral bacteria responsible for bad breath and tooth decay. Serious gum disease can result in eventual tooth loss. That's why brushing and flossing is essential.
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline, exposing more of the tooth root in the process. To prevent gum disease, it's best to brush and floss gently so you do not do damage to the gum tissue.
In some ways related to all of the previously listed tooth loss causes, a root canal infection occurs when the soft tissue inside of a tooth becomes infected. This can necessitate tooth extraction if there is a threat of the infection spreading to other parts of the mouth.
Slip and fall accidents are a very common cause of tooth injuries. Sometimes these cannot be avoided. Any instance of serious trauma and injury to the head, face, or mouth can lead to the loss of a tooth or a few teeth.
Contact sports such as football and hockey as well as combat sports such as boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) can result in tooth loss given the physical trauma involved. Even sports like basketball and soccer can lead to accidental tooth loss given all of the contact involved. Wearing a mouth guard and proper protective gear is generally the best option to consider when it comes to avoiding tooth loss.
When you get into an accident while in a car, on a motorcycle, or riding your bike, it can lead to some horrendous injuries, especially if facial or head trauma is involved. Be sure to wear your seat belt and/or a helmet to protect yourself from injuries.
Getting into fights or scuffles can be a traumatic experience. Sometimes these cannot be avoided. If you are injured seriously in a physical assault, be sure to seek medical and police attention as soon as possible.
Cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco don't just cause bad breath. Thy don't just make your smile look dingy either. Tobacco products can also cause gum disease and gum recession. Consider this just another compelling reason to quit.
To learn more about tooth loss and how it can be treated, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at Southwind Dental Care is here to help you smile with renewed confidence.
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