How to Prevent Tooth Loss

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Tooth loss happens often enough that you might believe it’s a natural part of aging. However, preventing tooth loss is more possible than ever with today’s advanced hygiene techniques and dental health treatments. While some cases of tooth loss may not be avoidable, especially in emergency situations, the right care and maintenance can significantly increase your chances of preserving your healthy, natural smile. If you do lose one or more teeth, then we can help you reduce your risks of experiencing further tooth loss by replacing them with an appropriate number of dental implants.

Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums

It seems redundant, but the truth is that the best way to prevent tooth loss is to take care of your teeth and the gums that support them. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States. By brushing and flossing regularly, as well as visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, you can largely prevent gum disease and other issues that can lead to tooth loss.

Watch What You Feed Your Smile

Many people are aware that bingeing on sugar all day long can quickly rot their teeth. However, there are good things that your smile needs in order to stay healthy, even if you never consume sugar again. For example, your teeth and their protective enamel are made mostly of calcium, which your body doesn’t produce naturally. Milk, yogurt, and other dairy products offer much of what your smile needs, as well as lean meats, fruits, and vegetables.

Replace Teeth that Are Already Lost

When you lose a tooth, your risks of experiencing further tooth loss increase. The root of the lost tooth can no longer stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew, and your body sends your jaw fewer nutrients as a result. Eventually, your jawbone can grow weak and unable to support the teeth that remain. Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant restores this stimulation, and therefore reestablishes the stimulation that your jawbone needs to stay strong and healthy.

Learn How to Prevent or Treat Tooth Loss

Preventing tooth loss is highly possible, but if you do lose a tooth, then we can help you prevent losing more by replacing it with a dental implant! To learn more about tooth loss and dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.