While tooth loss can be treated with implants and dental prosthetics, prevention is the best method of preserving your smile. With the exception of accidents and wisdom teeth, most tooth loss can be prevented. Good oral hygiene and mindful choices go a long way in the preservation of your teeth. Even after the loss of one or more teeth, there are steps that can be taken to prevent further loss of additional teeth. Some people are more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease even despite healthy choices. Your dentist can help identify and treat these high-risk issues. For the average person, the steps to preventing tooth loss are fairly straightforward.
It is recommended that you brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes per session. While the frequency and duration are very important, it is also important to make sure you are brushing and flossing effectively. That means you need to spend an adequate amount of time brushing each section of the mouth. Make sure to get the floss way all the way back between the molars. Your dentist may notice spots where neglect happens during your twice-annual cleaning.
Visiting your dentist every six months not only allows the opportunity for a professional cleaning, but it also allows your dentist to identify any problems or potential problems. Most oral health issues can be treated early before they progress into something serious. A filling done on a cavity can help prevent a necessary extraction.
Water keeps saliva flowing in your mouth and bacteria rinsed away. Bacteria that can cause gum disease and tooth decay has less of an opportunity to stick around and cause havoc on your teeth and gums.
Missing teeth can cause bone loss and potentially the loss of other teeth. Implants can help prevent bone loss and further tooth loss.
Learn more about tooth loss from Dr. Carmona. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.