Tooth loss isn’t a guaranteed part of aging, but it’s common enough to affect most adults to some degree. Fortunately, you can reduce your risks of tooth loss by preventing or treating the conditions that often cause it. The caveat is that there are many different potential causes of tooth loss, and aside from accidental trauma or congenital alignment issues, most of those causes are also highly preventable and/or treatable with professional dental care.
The Causes of Tooth Loss
When healthy, your teeth are impressively strong and resilient. The roots that support them are held securely by strong periodontal tissues within sockets in your jawbone, and their crowns are protected by enamel, which is the most resilient substance your body produces. In other words, a healthy tooth isn’t lost easily; the most common causes behind tooth loss are therefore dental conditions that affect their integrity. Gum disease, for instance, is the leading cause of tooth loss because it erodes the periodontal tissues and jawbone that support your teeth.
What You Can Do
The principles of preventing tooth loss are essentially the same as simply keeping your smile healthy—give your teeth and gums what they need to effectively fight off harmful oral bacteria. The microbes that make up plaque and tartar also cause gum disease and other chronic dental health issues. Keeping them at bay with good hygiene and preventive dental care will go far in helping you avoid issues like gum disease, and thereby reduce your risks of experiencing tooth loss in the future.
Learn More About Preventing Tooth Loss
Tooth loss is common, but it isn’t always inevitable. In fact, with the right care and maintenance, you can significantly reduce your risks of losing teeth. To schedule a consultation, call Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.