Your teeth are some of the most important parts of your body. Without proper tooth care, you can lose teeth, experience decay, and have to deal with the pain of serious tooth issues. Here are a few different reasons why you might be experiencing tooth loss and what you can do about it.
The most common cause of tooth loss is tooth decay. This does not mean a simple cavity that gets filled but rather widespread decay that attacks the root of the tooth essentially killing the root and causing the tooth to let loose and fall out. Tooth decay can be remedied in a few different ways. First off, you should be brushing regularly to remove bacteria and food debris from your teeth to prevent cavities and other decay. You should also be making regular trips to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned and checked as well as having them filled and worked on when necessary. Your dentist will be able to tell you what dental work you need and how to go about getting it done right.
Another major cause of tooth loss is, of course, gum disease. Your gums work as the base or the framework for your teeth. If your gums are unhealthy and have a disease like gingivitis they can separate from the teeth allowing bacteria, air, and other contaminants to access the root of the tooth. If the gum is compromised your teeth can become loose, wiggly, and can even fall out because of poor gum health. A great way to prevent or treat this type of tooth loss is to help improve the health of your gums. Take the time to brush thoroughly, use dental floss between teeth, and rinse with a mouthwash to help destroy harmful bacteria. You should also make regular trips to the dentist to check on the health of your gums and to help make sure they are strong and are going to support your teeth.
Another reason you may be experiencing tooth loss is due to bone loss. As we age our bones lose density which can lead to the softening of your jaw bone. If you lose a great deal of bone density this can affect the overall health of your teeth. If your teeth are not secured in a strong jaw bone, they can begin to fall out and lose overall health. A great way to help treat bone loss is to take supplements that help to protect the integrity of your bones. You will also, however, need to visit your dentist to be able to detect when bone loss is becoming an issue and to be able to catch bone loss early enough that it does not affect the overall health of your teeth.
The last common cause of tooth loss is accidents. This means falling and hitting teeth and causing damage to the root which results in the death of the root and the loss of the tooth or just knocking the tooth out. If you get to a dentist quickly enough when the root is still alive, you may be able to reattach the tooth. In many cases, however, accidental tooth loss is going to require some sort of dentistry to either repair the tooth or to place a new one. No matter what type of tooth loss you are experiencing, the dentists at Dobson Ranch Dental Care can help you to get the smile you have always dreamed of. Book an appointment today to see what the team with Dobson Ranch Dental Care can do for you.