Tooth loss occurs when a tooth becomes loose and falls out. Tooth loss is normal in kids when the adult teeth start to come in. Losing adult teeth is undesirable. Two of the most common forms of tooth loss result from an injury or disease.
Over time, your teeth are exposed to foods, drinks and physical conditions that can affect their longevity. There are many ways in which a person can protect and preserve their permanent teeth from loss.
1) Good oral hygiene
Keep your mouth clean and free of disease by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. It is important that oral hygiene be carried out on a regular basis to prevent bad breath, tooth decay and disease. Good oral hygiene consists of brushing two times a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing. Also regular dental check-ups should occur every six months. This will help prevent bacterial and plaque from building up in and around your teeth.
2) Mouth and night guards
Contact sports increase the risk of injury to your mouth and teeth. Tooth injury is reduced by wearing mouthguards to protect your teeth from trauma.
Bruxism is a condition where people grind their teeth, generally while they sleep. People with bruxism can help prevent tooth wear by using a nightguard. A night guard functions to limit the wear and force applied to the teeth, which can minimizes the chance of tooth loss.
3) Proper nutrition
Proper nutrition has been shown to prevent tooth loss by providing the necessary nutrients to maintain and strengthen tooth enamel.
4) Avoid smoking
Studies have shown that cigarette smoking can increase the risk of tooth loss.
5) Good overall health
There are certain health diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes mellitus that can lead to bone and tooth loss. Therefore, it is important to maintain overall good health and see a medical provider as needed.
Staying healthy alongs with routine checkups can lead to the preservation of your natural teeth. Visit your general practitioner and general dentist regularly to ensure you maintain good oral and physical health. If you have experienced tooth loss, call Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Tehachapi to schedule an appointment and see how we can replace your missing tooth.