Tooth loss doesn't have to happen to you! Here's how to keep your smile intact
We want our smiles to last forever - but, unfortunately, we don't always get what we want. While advances in preventive care, modern dentistry, and patient education have helped lend teeth longer lives, tooth loss is still a widespread epidemic. If you take action today, you can help yourself avoid this fate.
Learning more about the risk factors involved in losing adult teeth, as well as the common causes of tooth failure, will help you take the offensive track. Be proactive and keep your smile in the shape you'd like to see it in. If you ever have questions about your home care, or would like to schedule your next dental exam, just get in touch. Visiting Dr. Kim every six months will go a long way toward preventing significant dental problems down the road.
Risk Factors for Tooth Loss
Certain aspects of your body, habits, or systemic health will impact your likelihood of losing a permanent tooth. While you can't change some of these, others are completely avoidable - we offer some tips below.
The most pressing risks for losing teeth affect patients who are:
Patients who have high blood pressure or rheumatoid arthritis are also more likely to see tooth loss in their lifetimes. While we're unsure of the precise link between these diseases and your mouth, experts predict that it might lie in the inflammation that these problems cause.
The definitive study that identified these risks also found that front teeth are more likely to be lost to gum disease than molars - which is especially difficult for patients, since your incisors are such a crucial part of your smile.
Primary Reasons for Losing Teeth
What to Do if You Lose a Tooth
Whether you're hoping to avoid tooth loss, or looking to replace a foregone tooth, we're here to help. Arrange a consultation to learn more.