The Origin of Space: Common Causes of Tooth Loss

Jun 24, 2016 @ 11:01 AM — by belldental

A woman's smileThe team at Bell Dental has helped the people of Lake Jackson smile with greater confidence and improved dental health. Our team offers some of the latest restorative dentistry treatments, allowing patients with major issues affecting their teeth and gums to smile with confidence again.

These restorative procedures are especially important after a person has lost a tooth. With that in mind, let's look at the various causes of tooth loss, and offer a tip where we can to help prevent these situations.

Tooth Loss Due to Tooth Decay

Serious tooth decay can severely impact the health and structure of a tooth. When a tooth is severely decayed, it is more likely to break or suffer from a severe infection of some sort that will necessitate removal. Be sure to brush and floss regularly to avoid these issues.

Tooth Loss Due to Gum Disease and Recession

Gum disease is the result of a bacterial infection of the gums, while recession refers to the loss of gum tissue around a tooth. Both of these problems can lead to loose teeth and eventual tooth loss. This is another reason to brush and floss regularly.

 

Tooth Loss Due to Root Canal Infection

A root canal infection occurs when the oral bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease is able to access the soft tissues that reside within a person's tooth. When this occurs, it can lead to serious pain and discomfort, and may necessitate the removal of the tooth to prevent the spread of infection.

Tooth Loss Due to Sports Injuries

When playing contact sports or engaged in combat sports, it's possible to lose a tooth as part of competition. Some common sports where dental injuries occur include:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Boxing
  • Mixed martial arts (MMA)
  • Wrestling

When participating in any extremely physical sports activity, it's ideal to wear a mouth guard, which protects the teeth from serious harm. Wearing proper protective gear, helmets, and masks is also important.

Tooth Loss Due to Serious Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of tooth loss. When falling face first especially, it's possible to experience a serious dental injury. Be sure to walk carefully, especially in slippery places, and to use handrails and guardrails when applicable.

Tooth Loss Due to Vehicular Accidents

Whether you're in a car, on a motorcycle, or even just riding your bike, an accident can lead to serious injury and trauma, which means the potential for tooth loss. Always wear seat belts and safety restraints, and be sure to wear a helmet as well.

Tooth Loss Due to Physical Altercations

If you get involved in a fight or any sort of scuffle, a blow to the face or head can lead to issues with tooth loss and other serious oral injuries.

Tooth Loss Due to Accidents While Eating

It's not uncommon for people to be absentmindedly eating food when suddenly an unexpected hard object (bone, unpopped kernel) leads to tooth damage. While this can be difficult to avoid, try to eat slowly and savor your food. This can help prevent some serious harm.

Learn More About Tooth Loss

To learn more about tooth loss, its causes, and how it can be treated, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. The team at Bell Dental will work with you to ensure your smile is healthy and beautiful.

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