The adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but they can fall out if
you do not take proper care of your teeth. Losing just one tooth can have
a profound effect on your quality of life, your health, and your self-esteem.
Fortunately, tooth loss is largely preventable. Routine professional dental
care is crucial to ensuring optimal oral health, and routine oral hygiene
at home is critical to ensuring your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Some of the risks for tooth loss include:
Gum disease: Periodontitis, or advanced gum disease that has progressed from gingivitis,
is the main cause of adult tooth loss. It is a serious infection of the
gums that causes the soft tissue to recede and destroy the bone supporting
the teeth. Although it is common, it is preventable with good oral hygiene.
Signs of periodontal disease include swollen gums, bright red or purplish
gums, tender gums that bleed easily, receding gums that make the teeth
look longer than normal, pus between the teeth and gums, bad breath, loose
teeth, painful chewing, and other symptoms. If you notice any of these
signs, make an appointment with your dentist immediately to diagnose and
treat your periodontitis.
Poor nutrition: Your teeth need many essential nutrients to stay strong. Without a diet
rich in calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamin C. If your
diet lacks these vitamins and nutrients, you are at an increased with
of tooth decay. A poor diet high in acidic or sugary foods can also increase
plaque on your teeth, which eventually can lead to cavities and weaker teeth.
Injury: Traumatic injuries to the mouth can dislodge the teeth, but it’s
uncommon for the tooth to be knocked out completely. Treatment for teeth
that break or are irreparably damaged may involve extraction and the placement
of a dental implant.
Other health problems: Nearly 20% of patients who lose their adult teeth have type 2 diabetes,
as there is a
well-established link between gum disease and diabetes. Other health problems that may cause the teeth to fall out include high
blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune diseases.
How Can I Prevent Tooth Loss?
You can prevent the risk of losing your adult teeth by taking care of your
teeth with regular brushing, flossing, refraining from smoking, and keeping
current with your dental checkups and having professional cleanings as
often as recommended.
Athletes can prevent tooth loss by wearing a properly fitted mouthguard
for their particular sport while they are in action.
Treatment Options for Loose Teeth
Scaling and root planing: This is a type of deep cleaning that goes underneath the gum line to remove
stubborn plaque and tartar buildup that cannot be removed with a traditional cleaning.
Dental appliances: A night guard while sleeping can create a protective barrier between the
top and bottom teeth, and is also a good option for teeth grinders.
Extraction and placement of dental implants: Sometimes the tooth cannot be saved, as the gum disease, tooth decay,
or injury is too extensive. In this case, the best option is to remove
the tooth, place a bone graft in the open pocket where the tooth was,
and proceed with placing a dental implant, which is the best option for
the replacement of missing teeth.
Remember, regular oral hygiene is critical to prevent loose teeth caused
by gum disease. You must brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes
at a time, and floss once a day. You should also keep current with your
dental cleanings and schedule appointments at least twice a year, which
may increase to every 3 or 4 months for periodontal disease maintenance.
Noticing you have loose teeth? Don’t delay making an appointment
with Austell Dental Associates. Contact us
today at (770) 467-3888to book your dental appointment.