How Tooth Loss Happens
There are many common causes of tooth loss, such as accidental trauma that knocks a tooth out of its socket. Gum disease, however, is the most common cause. As the disease progresses through your gums, it erodes the tissues and jawbone structure that support your teeth. In severe cases, enough damage can be caused to your jawbone and gums that supporting all of your teeth is no longer possible. If you fail to prevent gum disease and hesitate to seek treatment for it, then you may be faced with inevitable tooth loss or extraction by the time you do visit your dentist.
Preventing It at Its Source
Along with avoiding tooth decay, preventing gum disease is one of the main goals of a consistently good hygiene routine and a regular schedule of general dental care. Both conditions can lead to tooth loss in their severe stages, and both develop from the accumulation of harmful oral bacteria (in the forms of plaque and tartar). Preventing gum disease, and thereby reducing your risks of tooth loss, requires controlling the buildup of oral bacteria by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. This also requires regular visits with your dentist to remove calcified tartar and check for signs that gum disease may already be developing.
Learn More About Preventing Tooth Loss
To learn more, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza in Tucson, AZ, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.