Causes of Tooth Loss
If you are missing even just one tooth, you know just how much that can affect your life. It may make you hesitant to smile or yawn in public, even around your friends. Eating your favorite foods can be a real chore. Sometimes people experience speech impediments due to missing teeth as well. The team at our Palm Springs cosmetic dentistry office would like to cover a few of the most common causes of tooth loss so you know what you can do to prevent these sorts of issues.
One of the common causes of tooth loss is poor dental hygiene. If you don’t brush your teeth regularly, neglect to floss, and skip visits with your dentist, you run a much higher chance of losing your teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, issues with the internal structures of the teeth, and so forth. Be sure to take care of your teeth and to visit your dentist twice a year and whenever you have a dental emergency.
Another reason why people lose teeth is injury or accidents. These may happen due to accidental trips, falls, or collisions; they can occur on the road; or they may happen while playing sports (full contact sports or otherwise).
Certain health conditions can result in increased risk for tooth loss. Diabetes, for instance, can affect the jawbone and the soft tissues of the mouth and can increase the risk of gum disease and oral infections. AIDS can also result in tooth loss in some cases.
If you have lost teeth, there are plenty of options that are out there to replace the missing tooth or missing teeth. You can get removable dental appliances, such as dental bridges or dentures, for instance. You can also get dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots that help anchor replacement teeth in place.
To learn more about tooth loss treatments as well as Palm Springs teeth whitening and other options for enhanced dental care, be sure to contact our cosmetic and implant dentistry office serving Palm Springs. We look forward to meeting with you in person.