There are many things that can cause tooth loss. 

While it’s normal to lose your baby teeth, it’s not normal to lose your permanent teeth. Even as you age, tooth loss doesn’t have to be inevitable. Tooth loss doesn’t just affect the way you look, it can also have some serious consequences for your dental health. Luckily, tooth loss is preventable, especially when you know what can cause tooth loss. That’s why our dentist in Lawrence has developed this list of the most common causes of tooth loss:

#1. Improper Oral Hygiene

When you don’t take proper care of your teeth with brushing and flossing and regular dental visits, it can produce bacteria that demineralizes the teeth, causes cavities and leads to periodontal disease. Over time, this can lead to tooth loss. Good oral hygiene not only keeps your smile beautiful, it keeps it healthy!

#2. Not Treating Cavities

If you have a cavity, it’s important to get it treated as soon as possible. If you don’t, your cavity will progress and destroy tooth structure, and eventually, it will cause the nerve tissue of the tooth to die and require root canal therapy or extraction if the tooth damage is very advanced. It is best to see your dentist regularly for check ups and to be prompt with treatment that is recommended to address any decay that you have.

#3. Skipping Dental Checkups

Even if you take great care of your teeth, it’s still important to have your dental checkups regularly. If you skip your checkups, you may miss the signs that you have a problem that puts you at risk for losing a tooth. Because most dental disease is not painful,  dental professionals are trained to recognize and advise you on the disease and the best treatment options for you. They are always looking out for your best interest, so make sure that you go in for your regular checkups!

These are just a few of the many common causes of tooth loss. Please stay tuned for our next blog to learn more.