If your dentist has ever warned you about gum disease, then he’s probably warned you that it’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss. The progressive condition systematically destroys your gums and jawbone, and for many patients, that damage is extensive by the time they seek treatment. Today, we take a closer look at gum disease and tooth loss, including how you can preserve your smile by preventing or treating gum disease before and after you lose one or more teeth.
Preventing Gum Disease from Forming
Gum disease might be the most prominent cause of tooth loss, but that doesn’t mean it’s inevitable. In fact, gum disease is highly preventable with consistent hygiene and preventive dental care. The key is to control the harmful oral bacteria that lead to gum disease, which requires brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and visiting your dentist as often as recommended for checkups and cleanings.
Controlling It Before Tooth Loss
Even if you develop gum disease, you can still stop it from destroying so much of your oral structures that you lose one or more teeth. If you or your dentist notices the signs of gum disease, including red, inflamed, and bleeding gums, then you should seek treatment for the condition as soon as possible to mitigate its damage.
Treating It After Tooth Loss
In cases where gum disease does lead to tooth loss, it becomes even more important to treat the disease and replace your lost teeth. The damage won’t stop until the disease is treated, and even then, your risks of further tooth loss are heightened until your replace those that are already missing. Treating gum disease will also help ensure the long-term success of your replacement teeth.
Learn More About Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
Preventing or controlling gum disease plays a large role in controlling your risks for extensive tooth loss. To learn more, schedule an appointment 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.