It’s true that most of your dental health care focuses on prevention. However, successfully preventing dental health issues is an ongoing process, and you may still be faced with serious oral health concerns at some point in your life. For instance, a majority of people have lost one or more teeth, or will, despite keeping a usually consistent schedule of good hygiene and preventive dental care. In the case of tooth loss, you can significantly improve your chances of lifelong prevention by understanding the common causes behind it. Even if you do happen to lose a tooth, you can still prevent yourself from losing more teeth by protecting your smile better.
Don’t Hesitate to Seek Treatment
One of the biggest reasons why tooth loss and other serious oral health issues occur is because patients often underestimate the importance of seemingly minor symptoms. For example, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, yet it’s also one of the most highly preventable dental conditions. Unfortunately, many patients ignore the small drops of blood they see when they brush and floss their teeth, or the redness and inflammation in their gums, which causes them to hesitate to seek treatment. This hesitation allows gum disease to gain a stronger hold on your teeth and gums, eventually leading to tooth loss if not treated promptly.
Preventing Further Tooth Loss
Despite your best preventive efforts, things like accidental trauma may still cause you to lose one or more teeth. Fortunately, you can still prevent yourself from losing more teeth by restoring the ones you’ve lost with highly lifelike replacements—preferably, one supported by dental implants. Following tooth loss, your risks of losing more teeth rises due to the resulting jawbone degradation. Dental implants, which are prosthetic teeth roots implanted into your jawbone, help stop this degradation by replacing the stimulation from your lost teeth roots. In turn, this lowers your risks of losing more teeth in the future.
Learn More Ways to Prevent Tooth Loss
Preventing tooth loss is an ongoing process that involves regularly good hygiene and professional care from your dentist. 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.