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Do you know what some of the leading causes of tooth loss are? Tooth loss is unfortunate for anyone, as it can result in smiles that are incomplete, unhealthy, or misaligned. Whenever possible, Dr. Gemma Dalton tries to save damaged teeth. Today we’d like to take a look at some of the main culprits of tooth loss and how you can actively work to prevent them from happening.

First is gum disease. Gum disease arises when plaque, that sticky white film that coats your teeth, isn’t removed every day. If plaque is allowed to develop it can irritate the gums. Once it hardens into tartar–a toxic substance–it can infect the gum pockets. If it is left untreated, gum disease spreads to the underlying bone material and where it can deteriorate the bone and result in loose or lost teeth. To prevent gum disease, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist every six months.

Second on the list is tooth decay. Tooth decay arises when you have poor oral hygiene habits, eat an unbalanced, high-carbohydrate and sugar-filled diet, and are lax about your regularly scheduled dental cleanings and exams. If you avoid treatment for a cavity allowing it to spread and completely damages the tooth, your only option may be having the tooth extracted. Employing good oral habits, eating a balanced diet, and having routine professional dental cleanings will help prevent tooth decay from taking your teeth.

The third culprit for tooth loss is an oral injury. You can lose a tooth from oral injury through high-contact sports or recreational activities that require wearing a mouth guard. If you engage in sports without protecting your smile, hard, forceful objects can impact your mouth and knock out one or more teeth. Wearing an athletic guard is your best defense against this form of tooth loss.

If you have any questions about tooth loss in Bedford, Texas, you can always call Gemma Tanglao Dalton, DDS at 817-571-1667 and talk to a member of our experienced dental team. We are more than happy to answer your questions and help you keep your smile healthy!