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What Causes Tooth Loss and How Can You Prevent It?

May 31, 2016 @ 09:00 AM — by Dr. Collier
Tagged with: Restorative Dentistry Dental Implants Dental Bridges Dentures

Losing a tooth as an adult or teenager can severely impact your self-esteem, causing many patients who suffer from tooth loss to feel self-conscious about their smile. Fortunately most of the underlying causes of tooth loss can be prevented with proper dental care. Restorative dentistry treatments can repair dental damage, replace missing teeth, and improve overall oral health. To learn more about the causes of tooth loss and your treatment options, schedule a consultation at our Memphis, TN practice, Southern Dental Implant Center.

What Causes Tooth Loss?

In most cases, tooth loss is a result of poor oral health. Neglecting your oral hygiene can cause serious damage to your dental health, ultimately resulting in tooth loss. In other cases, healthy teeth may be lost due to an injury or accident. Some common causes of tooth loss include:

Tips to Prevent Tooth Loss

When it comes to preventing tooth loss, practicing good oral hygiene habits is key. This includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once day. In addition to brushing and flossing daily, it's important to see your dentist at least every six months for a regular dental exam and cleaning. Regular dental exams help detect any signs of decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues before they become serious; cleanings prevent plaque and tartar buildup where brushing and flossing at home can miss. For those who play sports, wearing a mouth guard can help prevent sports-related injuries that cause tooth loss or root trauma.

Seek Treatment for Tooth Loss

There are many treatment options to restore missing teeth and improve oral health. To find out which treatment is right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our team at Southern Dental Implant Center.