At some point in life, over 60% of people will lose at least one tooth. While the causes can vary, the frequency with which tooth loss occurs can make it seem inevitable for some patients. However, most cases of tooth loss result from conditions and factors that could have been avoided. If those conditions were addressed, then tooth loss may have been prevented. Today, we explain why tooth loss doesn’t have to be inevitable, and what you can do to increase your chances of preventing it.
Common Causes of Tooth Loss
Aside from accidental trauma or the need to extract a wisdom tooth, tooth loss most commonly results from severe periodontal disease (or gum disease). The disease attacks the gum tissues that surround your teeth roots, the periodontal tissues that hold the roots stead, and the jawbone structure that supports it all. In its severe form, gum disease can lead to the destruction of this foundation, leaving one or more of your teeth without enough to support to stay in place.
How to Protect Your Smile
Because gum disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss, most patients can prevent tooth loss by preventing or treating gum disease early. However, gum disease isn’t the only cause of tooth loss, and to effectively protect your smile, you need to attend regular exams and cleanings with your dentist as often as recommended. Your routine preventive visits give you’re the dentist the chance to check for signs of any developing issues that could potentially lead to tooth loss and recommend early treatment before your dental health erodes.
Improve Your Chances of Preventing Tooth Loss
Tooth loss may be common, but it doesn’t have to be inevitable. With good hygiene and preventive care, you have a good chance at preventing it. 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 West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.