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Common Reasons for Tooth Loss

Mouth with missing toothThere are a variety of ways to lose a tooth. Some are lost naturally, some are pulled at the dentist’s office and some are lost in accidental situations. In this article, we will outline the most common reasons for tooth loss as well as how to keep your natural teeth healthy, beautiful, and intact.

Common Reasons for Tooth Loss

Below are the most common reasons why you may lose adult teeth:

  1. Major Decay – Severe dental cavities and major tooth decay can harm the core structure of the tooth. Once the structural integrity of the tooth is compromised, it’s more likely to break and fall out.
  2. Gum Disease – If gum disease is allowed to go untreated, it can turn into periodontitis. Once it reaches this stage, the bacteria can weaken the jawbone, causing the teeth to become loose and eventually to fall out altogether.
  3. Necessary Extractions – Our goal as dental professionals is to save your natural tooth if it’s at all possible. Unfortunately, sometimes a tooth extraction becomes necessary if the tooth cannot be saved through root canal therapy or if it’s too damaged or decayed.
  4. Sporting Activities – Sports and other physical activities can sometimes result in major facial injuries, which can sometimes include tooth loss. Some of the activities most likely to result in tooth damage are hockey, football, karate, and boxing.

Tooth Loss Prevention

Below are a few tips on how to keep your teeth healthy and intact:

  • Practice good at-home oral hygiene, including brushing at least twice a day and flossing every day
  • Wear a custom mouth guard when playing sports or participating in physical activities
  • Avoid smoking and using other tobacco products
  • Drink plenty of water to help wash away harmful bacteria
  • Visit SpringRock Dental every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup

Here at SpringRock Dental, your oral health is important to us. To be fitted for a custom mouth guard or to schedule your regular dental checkup appointment, please contact our Aurora, Colorado family dental office today.

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