As adults, we know our days for growing teeth are long gone but that may not be the case when it comes to losing them. This fact is a concern especially to someone who may have noticed a loose tooth or that something isn’t quite right in their mouth. They could be chewing or simply biting into something and out comes a tooth.
Why do adults experience tooth loss?
The most common reason for tooth loss in adults is gum disease. You can also lose your teeth if you unconsciously grind them or receive a blunt force impact to your mouth.
Teeth grinding can be a result of conditions such as stress or anxiety. If you suffer from any of these and have an abnormal bite, you can be at risk for teeth grinding which usually occurs during sleep. Left unresolved this can cause your teeth to loosen and eventually detach completely from the gums and its supporting bones.
Gum disease occurs when the bacteria in your mouth causes an infection. During this period your gums, bones and tissue may come under attack. Left untreated your bone structure and support can deteriorate to the point where it can no longer hold your teeth in place. At this point, your teeth can become loose resulting in eventual loss.
What are some symptoms that can indicate gum disease?
Gum disease is virtually painless during its initial stages which can make it difficult to detect. As the condition advances, however, you will begin to notice more obvious signs and symptoms such as tartar build up, bleeding gums (gingivitis) or gum recession.
Is there any way to prevent gum disease?
Practicing good oral hygiene is the first step toward preventing gum disease. This practice includes brushing your teeth a minimum of two times per day for at least two minutes per cleaning. You should also floss daily and schedule a dental clean every 6 to 9 months.
How does plaque develop in your mouth?
There are bacteria that naturally exist in your mouth that serve a beneficial purpose. When you don’t clean your mouth enough, however, these numbers can increase to an unhealthy amount and begin having a negative effect on your oral health. Combined with the food particles, sugar and saliva in your mouth, bacteria can cling to your teeth and produce acid that erodes the integrity of your teeth, gums and tissue. Left untreated it forms a coating that becomes hard and difficult to remove.
Do rotten teeth come out on their own?
A tooth that suffers from severe tooth decay can fall out early, however, visiting a dentist to have it removed and replaced can avoid any damage to your remaining teeth. The missing tooth can cause misalignment resulting in a change in your bite and the shifting of other permanent teeth.
Losing your teeth as an adult is not an exciting prospect. Paying strict attention to oral hygiene, flossing regularly and visiting the dentist a few times year can all play a big role in ensuring the health and prosperity of your permanent teeth. Being alert to early warning signs of gum disease allows you to treat it before it can do any serious harm.
Keeping your mouth healthy as you age means a greater chance of keeping your teeth and having a better quality of life. Our Family and Cosmetic Dental Office in Walled Lake MI wants you to have long term dental health with a beautiful smile. Dr. Hechtman and his staff offer full-service dentistry with care and compassion. Call our Walled Lake Dental Office today to learn more about how we can maintain your beautiful smile!