with Riverside Dental Group explain how to avoid losing teeth in adulthood.
Beware Loose Teeth
A definite sign of is loose teeth. Gum disease is a serious condition that starts with food stuck between or on teeth. If allowed to remain, these food particles can spawn bacteria that infect gums and decay teeth. Untreated gum disease ultimately damages ligaments and bone that keep teeth in place. The longer damage takes place, the more unstable teeth become. Eventually, loose teeth fall out or must be extracted. Although gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, other dental problems can lead to missing teeth. When teeth are misaligned during chewing (malocclusion) bone surrounding over-worked teeth thins. Teeth with thinning bone cannot be held in place. Similar damage occurs with bruxism, or teeth grinding or clenching.
How to Save Your Teeth
As soon as you feel a loosened tooth, see your dentist. Treating gum disease early can help keep your tooth and repair any damage. Prevention is the best treatment, however. Regular brushing, can realign your bite. Wearing a night guard overnight to prevent teeth grinding can allow teeth to regain their strength. Relieving stress on teeth after being hit and loosened also provides a chance for natural healing.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Riverside Dentists
If you feel a loose tooth or are recovering from gum disease, visit your dentist regularly. One of our specialists at our 92504 dentist office can offer expert treatment to fit your needs. Call (951) 689-5031 today to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients of all ages from Riverside and surrounding areas.