The statistics for adult tooth loss are alarming — especially when you learn that it can be prevented. About 25% of adults 65 and older have eight or fewer teeth, and approximately 1 in 6 adults in this same category have lost all of their teeth.
When you have eight or fewer teeth, your ability to eat foods like fruit, vegetables, and meat, becomes a challenge, which can compromise your diet and health.
Our professional dental team at SPA Dental Group, with offices in New York City and Washington, DC, cares about your oral health. You don’t have to be a victim of tooth loss when you know its cause and learn how to prevent it.
Causes of tooth loss
Causes of adult tooth loss include:
Poor dental hygiene
Taking optimal care of your oral health involves brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. That eliminates bacteria that could lead to the destabilization of your teeth and cause tooth loss.
If you play contact sports, like football, boxing, or hockey, you’re at a high risk for injury that can result in tooth loss.
As you age, your bones lose density and weaken. Your jawbone can be affected, which may cause your teeth to loosen and possibly fall out if not treated.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Infected gums damage your soft tissue, which can result in destroying the bone that supports your teeth.
The good news is that these causes of tooth loss can be prevented if you maintain optimal oral health.
Ways to prevent tooth loss
First, practice good oral hygiene, and come see us every six months for preventive care treatments.
When it comes to sports, wear the proper protective equipment, such as a helmet and a mouthguard to greatly reduce your risk of injury. If you experience a knocked-out tooth, call our team for an emergency dental care appointment immediately.
To keep your bones strong, nutrition and exercise are key factors for your bone health. You may also need to take supplements to compensate for areas your diet lacks.
Finally, dental cleanings are necessary to remove plaque buildup and tartar from your teeth and to keep your gums healthy. We can also perform a more in-depth procedure called scaling and planing, where we remove bacteria from the surface of your teeth and beneath your gums.
Remedies for tooth loss
Should you ever lose a tooth, we also provide restorative dentistry to replace a tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth with dental implants or dentures.
To learn more about adult tooth loss, or to schedule an evaluation with our team, call the office nearest you today or book online as a convenient option.