The Vicious Cycle of Tooth Loss

pen bitePermanent tooth loss is a surprisingly common occurrence, especially as we get older. The frequency may make losing adult teeth seem like no big deal, but to your body, there is nothing normal about it. Tooth loss has detrimental effects on your mouth. In our determination to ensure that you maintain excellent dental health, the Moreno Valley dentists at Moreno Valley Dentistry would like to make you aware of how to prevent the vicious cycle of tooth loss.

The Importance of Maintaining Teeth

Oral-systemic health is the connection your mouth shares with your body. It is complex and multi-layered tapestry. Under your gumline, the roots of your teeth are anchored into your jawbone. Your body knows exactly how many teeth your jaw is supporting, and sends a perfectly appropriate amount of nutrients and minerals to maintain your jaw’s integrity. However, when you lose a tooth, your body registers the loss immediately, and appropriately alters the nutrient supply to other parts of your body. As the jawbone weakens, supporting the remaining teeth becomes more difficult, and risk of further tooth loss is increased.

How To Stop Tooth Loss

Periodontal disease (AKA gum disease )is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. When bacteria accumulates and infects your gums, the connective tissue between your gingiva and teeth begins to deteriorate. This causes your gums to recede. Gum infection can also cause the supporting jawbone structure to slowly diminish, exacerbating the severity of your tooth loss one by one. By brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, you can help prevent the onset of gum disease by controlling the amount of bacteria which accumulates. Good oral hygiene also helps prevent cavities.

Visit your Moreno Valley Dentists

In many cases, gum disease and tooth decay are not obvious to the naked eye until the damage has become extensive. By attending a dental checkup at least once every six months, you increase your chances of detecting oral health issues before they can damage your mouth. To learn more about treating or preventing tooth loss, schedule an appointment at our Moreno Valley dentist office by contacting us at (951) 697-6800.