Losing a tooth as an adult is no fun. You’re probably dealing with a disease or an injury that caused you to lose the tooth, you have to schedule an appointment with the dentist, and the tooth fairy probably isn’t leaving any money under your pillow.
At Silicon Valley Dental Associates in Sunnyvale, California, we believe the best strategy for tooth loss is to avoid it entirely by implementing good dental health practices in your life.
Here are a few common reasons for adult tooth loss and some of the best ways to prevent it.
If you lose a tooth as an adult, it’s likely due to one of these reasons:
Participating in a contact sport such as football, hockey, or boxing can lead to a tooth getting knocked out. An unexpected traumatic injury, maybe from being in a car wreck or falling in the wrong place, can also cause you to lose a tooth.
If you don’t practice good oral hygiene and don’t visit the dentist, tooth decay could eat up your teeth from the inside out. Left untreated, this decay causes cavities and can be severe enough to cause you to lose your tooth.
Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the leading factors in tooth loss. If your gums become infected and the infection isn’t treated, it can spread to the bone tissues that support your teeth; when the bone becomes weak, teeth can fall out.
Taking the following steps can help you keep your smile intact:
You know the routine — you just have to do it. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably every time after you eat. Floss once a day. Use mouthwash. Avoid drinks and food that leave sugar on your teeth, which attracts decay-causing bacteria.
Oh, and stop smoking — it’s terrible for your teeth.
If you play contact sports, consider wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth if you get hit in the mouth. (And be ready to call us if you do have a dental emergency.)
You should schedule regular cleanings and oral exams at least twice a year so we can check your oral hygiene and look for issues that need addressing. If you skip these visits, you could develop a serious problem without knowing it.
If you need to establish dental care to build good oral hygiene habits, the team at Silicon Valley Dental Associates is happy to help. Call our office or use the online scheduling assistant to book your appointment.