The majority of people are likely to experience some degree of tooth loss at some point in their life. While tooth loss is common, it does not mean that it is inevitable. There are several causes for someone to lose a tooth. Most of the causes for tooth loss can be prevented with vigilant oral hygiene and routine dental care. Understanding the risk factors for tooth loss and the ways that you can avoid them can help you keep all of your natural teeth intact. 

Common Causes of Tooth Loss

First, it is important to note that there are some causes of tooth loss that just cannot be prevented. For instance, accidental trauma or injury may lead to the loss of a tooth even if your smile is in perfect health. Dental emergencies can be managed through some form of restoration and care to keep your smile healthy. However, the most common cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease (gum disease). Another progressive disease and probably a less-surprising cause of tooth loss is tooth decay. Advanced stages of gum disease put your mouth at risk of gum disease by causing the gums to pull away from your teeth leaving the supportive bone structure exposed and vulnerable.

Means For Prevention

Since progressive oral diseases are the most frequent causes of tooth loss, preventing them from occurring in the first place is often the key to preserving your smile. Gum disease and tooth decay are both caused by harmful oral bacteria. By controlling the harmful oral bacteria, you can help keep these diseases from occurring or progressing. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day help you to keep your mouth clean. During your twice-annual dental cleaning, bacteria-laden tartar can be removed from your teeth and along your gums. Tartar cannot be removed from home, and it is the calcified version of plaque buildup (that can be removed during your hygiene routine).

There are ways to avoid losing a tooth

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can help you to avoid tooth loss in your smile. To schedule a consultation, call Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, at 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield, TX and all surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and other neighboring communities.