If you lose a tooth, you won’t instinctively know what to do about it. That’s largely because tooth loss isn’t a natural, inevitable thing. In fact, many cases of tooth loss could be prevented with better hygiene and preventive dentistry practices. The problem is that many people don’t know enough about tooth loss to understand how to effectively prevent it, or how to prevent the issues that often cause it. Today, we help you improve your chances of avoiding tooth loss by explaining a few things you should know about one of the biggest threats to your oral health.
How does it happen?
Tooth loss happens for a variety of reasons, but the most frequent cause is severe gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, the condition attacks the gums, periodontal tissues, and jawbone structure that support and sustain your teeth roots. In its severe stages, gum disease can leave teeth without the support they need, leading to the loss of one or more of your teeth.
How does it affect your oral health?
Tooth loss does more than take away from your smile’s appearance, though that consequence is a serious one. It also takes away a vital resource for your jawbone and oral health. The loss of a tooth causes other teeth to shift and lose some of their stability, and the missing root affects the flow of nutrients to your jawbone. Therefore, ignoring tooth loss will only make subsequent dental health issues worse, increasing your risks of even further tooth loss.
Learn More About Dealing with Tooth Loss
The more you know about tooth loss, the more prepared you’ll be to address it and preserve the rest of your healthy, natural smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.