It is estimated that over half of all Americans will lose at least one tooth over the course of a lifetime. That’s crazy to think about, right? And, of course, every one of us thinks that it could never happen in our case. Well, think again! Today we want to look at why this is happening, and more importantly, what you can do to prevent or easily treat adult tooth loss. Keep reading to learn about the contributing factors, and then be sure to schedule your next appointment with the dental professionals in Warrenton, VA you can trust for both preventive and restorative dental solutions.
The fact of the matter is that when you don’t keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine, you will have to pay the price later. Tooth decay and gum disease can result in a complete loss of your teeth in the end. It is not worth that kind of fate. Find a good toothbrush and toothpaste, some dental floss and mouthwash. Then get to work.
As we just stated, tooth decay that goes untreated or undetected for too long is a cause of tooth loss. Sure, 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. So will coming to see us every 3-6 months.
As with cavities, gum disease is caused by oral bacteria. That bacteria is always present in your mouth, and whenever that bacteria gets below your gum-line it starts to cause inflammation, infection, and eventual weakening of your gums.
The gums 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.
Many gum disease patients lose multiple teeth rather quickly as the infection spreads from one tooth to another. Worse than that, gum disease that gets loose in your bloodstream can also lead to larger concerns elsewhere in your body.
Accidents happen all the time, and sudden trauma is never good for a smile. In many instances a 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 your tooth has been knocked out for good.
Periodic exams and professional teeth cleanings are essential for eradicating food particles, dangerous bacteria, etc. During those checkup appointments we are able to catch problems like cavities and gum disease far earlier than you can spot them on your own. Don’t let your anxiety or feelings of uneasiness come between you and your health. We are a gentle dental care team and we are certified to administer sedation dentistry that is designed to make your experience pleasant and painless every time you are here.
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Regardless of your age or background, the health and appearance of your smile can always be improved upon. As such, we hope you have been inspired to call Drs. Yung & Jelinek today at 540-253-1377 or fill out our online form to schedule an adult tooth loss consultation in Warrenton, VA.