Over 60 percent of adults will experience tooth loss to some degree in their lifetimes. If you have older family members who already have, then you may worry if it’s inevitable for you, too. The good news is that it isn’t. Tooth loss may be common, and it occurs for many different reasons, but genetics isn’t one of them. In fact, most the causes behind tooth loss are issues that can be prevented or successfully managed with good hygiene and regular dental care.
What Causes Tooth Loss?
Even with excellent dental care, some causes of tooth loss aren’t preventable. For instance, in the case of a dental emergency, accidental trauma may lead to the loss of your tooth despite the state of your dental health. However, the most frequent causes of tooth loss are progressive dental diseases, particularly gum disease, which can be prevented or treated before they become too severe. By sticking to regular preventive checkup and cleaning appointments, you can increase your chances of preventing issues like gum disease, and your dentist has a better chance at catching and treating it early if it does develop.
The Most Successful Preventive Measures
Because dental diseases are the most frequent causes of tooth loss, preventing such disease is often the key to preserving all of your healthy natural teeth. That means successfully controlling the harmful oral bacteria that lead to them by brushing your teeth at least twice every day and flossing at least once. It also requires visiting your dentist regularly to remove bacteria-laden tartar that you can’t remove at home, and to ensure that no existing conditions currently threaten your dental health.
Learn More About Preventing Tooth Loss
There’s no guaranteed way to prevent tooth loss, but with proper care and preventive maintenance, you have a much better chance. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.