While tooth loss can sometimes seem as unpredictable as a Texas rainstorm, in reality, missing teeth are caused by a number of issues — some you can control, some you can’t. Learn more on tooth loss from Dr. Ryan Thomas, your dentist in Highland Village today.
Tooth Loss You Can Prevent
Some of the causes of tooth loss are easily prevented. Let’s look at the steps you can take today to ensure you’re able to enjoy your healthy teeth for a lifetime.
- Brush for two minutes, at least twice a day and floss once a day. These are your two biggest defenses against gum disease, which also happens to be a major cause of tooth loss. Keep a timer to make sure you’re brushing for long enough, and make a habit out of flossing by putting it somewhere you’re sure to see it, like on top of your toothbrush.
- Stop using tobacco. In any form, tobacco has seriously negative effects on oral health, and is a big contributor to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. As if you needed another reason to kick the habit — do it for your mouth’s sake.
- Eat a balanced diet. What you eat (and don’t eat) is as crucial for your oral health as it is for your overall wellbeing. Make sure you’re getting a variety of nutrients from a balanced diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy sources.
- Visit your dentist every six months. For whatever reason, too many adults believe twice-annual trips to the dentist are optional. But the truth is these six month visits are crucial for your tooth health — it’s your dentist’s chance to check for the small signs of decay or infection that could lead to much bigger problems, like tooth loss, later on.
Tooth Loss You Can’t Prevent
Of course, some things are just beyond our control — and tooth loss is one of them. It can unexpectedly occur due to a number of factors, including:
- Accidents, falls or blows to the face. We often see patients who were left with missing teeth after something like a Sunday afternoon bike ride went awry. When an accident leaves you with a missing tooth, it’s vital you see your dentist right away.
- Genetics. Our genes dictate whether or not there will be a permanent tooth to replace a baby tooth — missing teeth can occur in children as a result of simple genetics.
- Disease. When a condition like diabetes affects the immune system, the mouth’s ability to fight infection is diminished and gum disease and tooth loss can occur as a result.
When Tooth Loss Occurs, Talk to Your Trusted Family Dentist
If you’ve got one or more missing teeth and you’d like to know about your options for replacement, or if it’s been more than six months since your last dental checkup, don’t hesitate to call Highland Village Family Dentistry to schedule your appointment with Dr. Thomas today. We’re your dentist in Highland Village, Flower Mound and Lewisville, and we want to make sure you and your whole family are smiling big now, and for years to come.