Losing a tooth can be a very difficult experience, but thankfully modern medicine has provided a way to replace missing teeth–with dental implants. There are many different reasons for tooth loss, from genetic factors to facial trauma from a sports injury. Although not all instances of tooth loss are preventable, some conditions that lead to tooth loss can be avoided. Here is a breakdown of the most common causes of tooth loss and some ways to prevent it from occurring.
Causes of Tooth Loss
- Genetic Absence. Some people are born without the ability to develop a second tooth, and therefore, another tooth does not come in when a ‘baby tooth’ is lost.
- Physical Injury. Teeth are often knocked out through contact sports or other accidents. Teeth can also be damaged, making extraction necessary. For instance, have you ever noticed how many professional hockey players have missing teeth?
- Tooth Decay. Tooth decay that remains untreated can cause an infection that requires extraction.
- Periodontal Disease. In severe cases of gum disease, such damage is done to the jaw bone that teeth become loose and beyond repair, and thus, must be extracted.
- Though genetic predisposition and some physical injuries cannot be prevented, there are a few ways to be proactive in protecting your teeth.
- When participating in contact sports, always wear protective gear such as mouth guards and helmets.
- Be disciplined about your oral hygiene (brush and floss regularly) to prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.
- Visit your dentist for a cleaning every six months.
- Stay away from tobacco products.
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