It happens with such frequency that you might believe tooth loss just comes with age. The truth is that with consistently good hygiene and a strict schedule of dental care, you have a great chance of preventing it. In fact, the most common reasons behind missing teeth are issues that result from inadequate hygiene; most notably, gum disease. By understanding the causes and how to prevent them, you can prove that tooth loss isn’t inevitable and enjoy your beautiful, healthy, and natural smile for life.
What Leads to Tooth Loss
Adults lose teeth for several reasons, none of which is age. Accidental trauma can knock a tooth out of its socket; severe damage or infection can lead to tooth extraction; or, more commonly, gum disease can leave one or more teeth without adequate support. Gum disease starts as inflammation in your gums, or gingivitis, caused by excessive oral bacteria. As it progresses into gum disease, the inflammation can destroy your periodontal tissues and the jawbone structure that surround and support your teeth.
How to Prevent It
One of the most significant reasons why gum disease is such a prominent cause of tooth loss is because its symptoms can remain largely unnoticed until they become severe. The best way to prevent the disease, or to catch it in its earliest stages, is to maintain a strict schedule of regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. During each visit, your dentist or hygienist will remove the oral bacteria-rich plaque and tartar on your teeth and along your gum line. Your dentist will also perform a thorough examination to determine if you exhibit signs of gingivitis and require more thorough deep cleaning (also known as scaling and root planing).
About Your Birmingham, MI, Dentist
Dr. Mitchell Milan is a cosmetic, implant, and restorative dentist whose goal is to enhance your smile and improve your dental health. Celebrating over 25 years in practice and serving the Birmingham community, Dr. Milan and his experienced staff offer porcelain veneers, bridges, crowns, bonding, root canals, gum disease treatment, and more. Take your first step toward smile improvement today by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Milan by calling our office in Birmingham, MI at (248) 644-2136.