There are so many different causes of tooth loss, both by natural and more violent means. This article will discuss some of the most common causes of tooth loss as well as tips on how to improve your chances of keeping your natural teeth healthy and intact!
Gum Disease And Recession
Unhealthy gums can eventually lead to problems with your teeth. In cases of advanced gum disease, it’s even possible for teeth to become loose and fall out.
Major Tooth Decay
Serious cavities and tooth decay can harm a tooth’s structure so severely that teeth are more likely to break and fall out from simple biting and chewing.
Necessary Tooth Extractions
When a tooth is infected and cannot be saved by root canal therapy, or if a tooth is severely decayed and damaged, it is sometimes necessary to remove the entire tooth.
Contact And Combat Sports
Both contact sports (like hockey or football) and combat sports (boxing and karate) can result in major facial injuries, including tooth loss or damage. This is a risk you take, whether you compete at a professional level, student level, or simply participate for recreation.
Physical Altercations And Assaults
If you’re attacked or get into a fight, injuries are likely to occur. Serious injuries to the face and mouth may result in the loss of a tooth, or sometimes multiple teeth.
Tooth Loss Prevention Tips
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss your teeth once a day
- Wear mouth protection when playing contact or combat sports
- Avoid using tobacco products
- Drink water throughout the day to remain hydrated and to help wash away harmful bacteria
- Visit the dentist twice a year for regular checkups
Luckily, Dr. Matthew Schacht at Denver Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has helped countless patients all over the Denver, Colorado area who have suffered tooth loss. Dr. Schacht is well versed in the solutions for missing teeth, including dental implants, dentures and even the more advanced facial and jaw reconstruction procedures in order to provide you with the best dental health and wellness.