Bronx Dental Implants Specialists talk about the Most Common Causes of Tooth Loss, PART 1

Every year, dentists in America extract 80 million teeth as a result of the decay or trauma they have received. According to the American Dental Association, the majority of these teeth (50 million) could have been saved through timely treatment. These statistics – together with the incidence of tooth decay and gum disease – make one thing very clear: we are all likely going to have to deal with tooth loss at some stage during our lives. We’re not referring to the loss of your baby teeth or third molars (wisdoms)… we’re talking about your permanent adult teeth.

Of course, tooth loss is a terrible thing; not only does it take a toll on the quality of your smile, but it affects your ability to eat properly and causes a suite of long term problems and challenges, such as bone loss and even further tooth loss. “Understanding what causes tooth loss is important because it increases awareness of the risks we expose ourselves to every day. By becoming familiar with the factors that lead to the destruction of healthy teeth, we can do our best to avoid them, thereby helping us keep our smiles in great condition for as long as possible.

We spoke to Bronx dental implants specialists about what it is that causes teeth to go missing or require extraction. In this four-part article series, we shall discover their answer.

The Culprits under the Microscope

Bacteria

In most cases, bacteria cause tooth loss.

To be more specific, unchecked and uncontrolled numbers of oral bacteria can lead to the diseases that cause tooth loss. Your mouth is naturally teeming with bacteria at any given moment and the more there are:

  • The faster the build-up of plaque and tartar,
  • The greater your risk of developing tooth decay,
  • The more irritated and inflamed your gums will be,
  • The greater your risk of developing gum disease and its associated symptoms (halitosis, tooth discoloration, gum recession, jawbone deterioration, etc.)
  • The greater your risk of tooth loss.

“Brushing, flossing and generally maintaining a high standard of oral hygiene serve as the most effective measure against bacteria colonizing your mouth,” say Bronx dental implants specialists. “If you don’t brush frequently, floss daily and see your dentist and oral hygienist for routine check-ups, you are significantly increasing your vulnerability to eventual tooth loss.”

Bacteria cause tooth loss, but tooth loss itself is a long process. You won’t lose teeth just because you have bacteria in your mouth. Usually, the decay and infection that ultimately lead to the loss of teeth happens over the course of several years and is heralded by conditions known as gum disease – gingivitis and periodontitis. “The problem is, patients tend to ignore the early signs of these conditions,” say Bronx dental implants specialists. “They also don’t go for the necessary preventative care, so problems go undiagnosed and untreated. It’s only when their teeth start falling out that they realize they need professional care. By then, it’s too late!”

Prevention is better than cure! Now that we know bacteria are the main culprits behind tooth loss in the United States, let’s take a closer look at the oral ailments they cause and what patients can do about them.

Stay Tuned for Part 2

To read about the common causes of tooth loss, stay tuned for the second installment of this four-part article series, courtesy of All On 4 implant specialists.

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