Tooth loss is not an inevitable consequence of growing older. If we work to maintain good oral health we can expect to keep one set of natural teeth throughout our lifetime. There are definite measures that we can take to realize that goal.

One of the most important things that you can do to prevent serious repercussions from tooth decay and gum disease is to see your dentist every six months. Dental issues have a way of sneaking up on us. By the time symptoms arise the damage may already be extensive. If you have regular check ups and x-rays when advisable a problem can be detected at its earliest stage and any necessary treatment will most likely be minimal.

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, but it doesn’t have to be. If it is diagnosed in the early stages, the damage can be reversed and the disease contained. Be aware of the early signs of gingivitis which include red or swollen gums that bleed easily. If the disease is allowed to advance it will eventually affect the bone structure that is necessary to support the teeth and quite possibly lead to tooth loss.

Pay close attention to any obvious changes. Noticeable gaps between the teeth or evidence of receding gum tissue are issues that you should bring to your dentist’s attention asap, don’t wait for your next scheduled appointment.

It would be hard to ignore the pain that a toothache can bring, but home remedies only provide temporary relief in most cases. The pain may go away only to return again. Call your dentist!

When a tooth is lost to decay or disease the remaining teeth have to take up the slack. The added stress can take a toll. Prompt tooth replacement is recommended for the prevention of additional loss.

Instead of losing a tooth wouldn’t you rather have it restored with a crown or a root canal therapy? Those options are only possible with early detection. See your dentist regularly.

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