Tooth loss is a problem that’s all too common today. In fact, your average American has at least three missing or decayed teeth — and that’s far too many. Fortunately, they’re pretty easily replaced, and even easier to prevent. Keep reading to learn more about missing tooth replacement from Foundation Dental Solutions in Arlington, as well as their causes and preventions. Because when it comes to your oral health, knowledge truly is power.
Common Causes of Tooth Loss (and their Prevention)
The number one cause of tooth loss is quite simply insufficient care. Remember that every good oral health routine requires brushing for two minutes, twice a day, flossing once a day and receiving a dental exam every six months. When you consider that you eat, speak, smile and so many other things thanks to your teeth, the oral health triad seems like a little to ask in return.
Brush and Floss Properly for Good Oral Health
Make sure you’re brushing and flossing properly, and often enough. When brushing, focus on each quadrant of your mouth for thirty seconds each, and hold the brush at a 45 degree angle. If you struggle to brush for the full two minutes, try setting a timer or watching the clock until you’re used to what it feels like.
A Balanced Diet Prevents Tooth Loss
Poor dietary choices can also contribute to tooth loss, especially when combined with bad brushing and flossing. Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet, complete with whole grains, lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as low-fat dairy products. Try to minimize sugary snacks and sodas, but there’s no harm in partaking every now and then — just remember to rinse your mouth out with water afterwards. It’s a small habit that will go far in removing leftover sugar from your teeth.
Other Risk Factors for Tooth Loss
Aside from poor cleaning habits or dietary choices, the following conditions are also risk factors for tooth loss:
- High blood pressure
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tobacco use (current or past)
Your Options for Tooth Replacement in Arlington
The good news is that if you’ve experienced significant tooth decay, or are already missing one or more teeth, you have several options for tooth replacement in Arlington, Mansfield, Fort Worth and Grand Prairie.
- Dental implants: Today’s dental implants are a strong, highly accessible treatment option for people with one or more missing teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants replace the tooth and its root — click here to learn more.
- Dentures: You’ve got options when it comes to your dentures, and implant-supported dentures in Arlington, TX give provide a secure, beautiful tooth replacement solution.
- Other options: Your mouth is unique, and we know that your treatment will be one-of-a-kind, too. You can feel confident knowing your dentists at Foundation Dental Solutions truly care about what’s best for your smile — and you.
Request Your Appointment Today
Tooth loss is common, but it can be prevented — in part by keeping up with your twice annual visits to your top dentist in Arlington. If it’s been more than six months since your last checkup, or if you’re already missing teeth and want to know more about your options in tooth replacement, request your appointment today