Did you know that just over 2% of adults aged 20-64 in the United States have no remaining teeth? And plenty more have lost one or several permanent teeth.
Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do to lower your risk of tooth loss as you age. Doing so can help boost your overall health while preventing the need for dentures, invasive procedures, and self-consciousness about your smile.
At Rozenberg Dental NYC, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, board-certified cosmetic dentist Dr. Lana Rozenberg and her team offers a broad range of general, preventive, and restorative dental treatments, including gum rejuvenation.
Here’s a closer look at adult tooth loss, including ways to avoid it.
Losing a tooth during childhood can feel celebratory, or at least normal and healthy. But a range of factors can lead to the loss of your permanent teeth. While you can lose a tooth due to an injury or accident, much of the loss stems from factors related to gum disease.
As gum disease progresses from its early stage, known as gingivitis, it can evolve into periodontitis. This severe type of gum disease causes your gums to pull away from your teeth, leading to bone loss. As a result, your teeth may loosen and fall out.
You can also lose a tooth due to decay, which happens when bacteria in your mouth create acids that attack the enamel. This can cause small holes known as cavities. When a cavity goes untreated, it can fuel pain, infection, and the need for tooth extraction.
Positive oral hygiene habits are a powerful way to safeguard your teeth from loss and extraction. Doing away with any harmful bacteria, rather than letting it build up, staves off decay and gum inflammation.
Steps you can take to prevent tooth loss include:
Addressing any signs of tooth or gum problems early on by scheduling a swift check up can help, too. While a small cavity requires a relatively simple and quick procedure, a deepening cavity can eventually lead to tooth loss.
To learn more about adult tooth loss or to get the preventive care you need, call Rozenberg Dental NYC or book an appointment through our website today.