When an Albuquerque, NM, resident sees us about tooth loss, we often address these gaps with dental implants, providing a long-lasting and lifelike solution. However, we also know that tooth loss can often be avoided with a few simple changes to your daily routine. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at what you can do to help avoid losing your natural teeth!
What is periodontitis? This is the advanced stage of gum disease, one that occurs when the disease isn’t managed with regular treatment. Periodontitis actually attacks the tissues connecting your teeth and gums, breaking them down and causing teeth to become lost. Advanced gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, and can be avoided with routine care. To avoid periodontal problems, be sure you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes using a fluoridated toothpaste. Flossing before going to bed is also essential, as is avoiding cigarette and tobacco products. You also need to see us every six months, so we can remove plaque buildup from your teeth and prevent gum inflammation. These same steps can be used to manage gum disease as well, helping you stay free of the advanced stage.
Protect Your Smile From Injury
You could also lose a tooth to injury. Minor damage, such as a crack or chip, could expose the sensitive inner structure to bacteria, enabling a cavity to form and eventually, an infection or abscess. Without treatment the tooth could be lost. In addition, a tooth could be knocked-out completely due to an injury. To help prevent this, be sure you wear a mouthguard when playing sports or engaging in other activities that could injure a tooth. A mouthguard provides a protective layer and cushions the blow of an injury, reducing the risk of chips cracks, or teeth being knocked loose.
Don’t Ignore Missing Teeth
If you do lose a tooth, let us know! Without replacement, the lack of a tooth root could mean the body suspends the flow of nutrients to the jawbone, causing the bone tissue to break down and further tooth loss to occur. By placing a dental implant, we stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue and help prevent the loss of additional teeth. If you have any questions about avoiding lost teeth, or if you have one or more missing teeth that need replacement, then please contact our team today to learn more!
Do You Have a Missing Tooth?
As we’ve discussed, even minor tooth loss could lead to serious complications! To learn more about replacing missing teeth with dental implants, then schedule an implant consultation by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM today at 505-299-2979. We also proudly serve patients and families living in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, and all surrounding communities.