Tooth Loss and Your Health
In order to protect yourself from tooth loss and the health problems that are associated with it, it’s essential to know what causes tooth loss in the first place. Once we know what causes it, we can take the appropriate steps to prevent these issues from occurring.
A common cause of tooth loss is tooth decay. This is caused when plaque builds up on the teeth. Foods that are high in sugar such as candy and bread can lead to this plaque build up. If the plaque is left on the teeth and not brushed away, cavities can form. Eventually, the bacteria will attack the roots causing the tooth to fall out or be extracted.
Periodontal disease, or periodontitis, is when the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, creating pockets where additional bacteria can build up and cause an infection. Once the infection gets beneath your gum line, periodontitis can cause tooth loss and destroy tissues, ligaments, and bones in the mouth.
While periodontal disease is the primary reason people over the age of 35 lose their teeth, there are other common sources of tooth loss that can contribute to gaps in the mouth.
These diseases include:
The best way to prevent tooth loss is by consistently caring for your teeth and gums as well as implementing a healthy lifestyle.
Preventive care consists of:
When tooth decay has completely compromised a tooth, Dr. Larson will extract the tooth. Gaps in your teeth can lead to other oral issues, so he’ll discuss the implant process with you and determine if you’re a candidate. One of the many benefits of dental implants is their natural looking appearance.
If you’re concerned about tooth loss, Dr. Larson and his team of dentists will provide you with the perfect solution to fit your needs.
If you are currently suffering from tooth decay that might result in tooth extraction, we encourage you to contact us to schedule a no-obligation dental implant consultation at Larson Dental in Prescott Valley, AZ.