Contributing Factors For Adult Tooth Loss
- June 6, 2017
Did you know that an astonishing number of people–something close to 70 percent of the adult population in this country–will lose at least one tooth over the course of a lifetime? That’s a staggering statistic, right?! Today we want to look at why this happening–and even more importantly, what you can do to prevent that kind of loss in your own life. Please read on to see the contributing factors for adult tooth loss, and then be sure to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Peltzer–the go-to dentist in Plainville, CT for both restorative and preventive dental solutions.
#1 Lack Of Oral Hygiene
When you don’t keep up with a daily oral hygiene routine, you will experience a buildup of plaque, which is the sticky white film made of bacteria that lives in everyone’s mouths. This situation can lead to tooth decay and gum disease that can result in a complete loss of your teeth. Don’t let it come to that.
#2 Cavities & Decay
There are reasons behind us saying we want to see you every 3-6 months. Tooth decay that goes on for too long is a leading cause of tooth loss. While it is true that you can still end up with cavities even when you are taking good care of your teeth, brushing and flossing diligently will increase your protective factors. Cavities can lead to tooth loss and/or extraction in cases that go undiagnosed or untreated.
#3 Gum Disease
As with cavities, gum disease is caused by oral bacteria. When that bacteria gets below your gumline it starts to cause inflammation, infection, and eventual weakening of your gums. They’ll start to recede, showing more and more of the roots of your teeth until they start to lose stability. The loss of stability as a result of untreated gum disease will get worse and worse until your gums and bone can’t support your teeth anymore. Most gum disease patients lose multiple teeth rather quickly as the infection spreads from one tooth to another! Gum disease can also lead to bigger problems elsewhere in your body.
#4 Accidental Damage
This one can happen to anyone. A car wreck, sports injury, or just a slip-and-fall injury at the pool can happen without much warning. Teeth are lost from that kind of trauma all the time!
In a lot of cases a traumatically damaged tooth can be saved with a crown or other restoration, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes there’s nothing that can be done. But we will set you up with a great replacement plan if that is the situation you are confronting.
#5 Dental Anxiety
It won’t be good for you to avoid seeing the dentist, even if you are afraid because of a bad experience earlier in life. We’ll have to work through that together. Periodic professional cleanings are essential for eradicating food particles, bacteria, etc. And oral exams are able to catch problems like cavities far earlier than you can spot them. The same applies for gum disease. We’ll be here for you, but we can’t do much good if you never come to see us on a regular basis. Don’t worry, we are the “gentle” dental care team in this region and we are certified to administer all levels of sedation dentistry designed to make your experience pleasant and painless.
Contact Our Tooth-Saving Team Today!
Contact us right away to set up your next visit to our Plainville, CT dentist’s office. We look forward to seeing your smiling face in one of our chairs this summer!