There are those pathways that lead you toward tooth loss that don’t surprise you in the least. When you eat something incredibly hard, you carry something with your smile (instead of your hands), you get hit in the face but you forgot to wear your athletic mouthguard: You can see the connection between the cause and the effect. However, there are other pathways that might lead to the eventual loss of your teeth that you just never expect, explains your Riverside dentist. Take a moment with our Riverside, CA team to gain new knowledge, so you’ll be even better prepared to keep your teeth!

Gum Disease, Believe It Or Not!

You know that if you end up with gum disease, which begins as gingivitis, that it’s bad news. You know, too, that it can include puffy, red gums, bad breath, a not-so-lovely looking smile, and that you’ll need treatment or it could get worse! In fact, it can become permanent, requiring long-term care. What you may overlook is that it can become aggressive, destroying ligaments, your jawbone, and causing tooth loss. So, your Riverside dentist suggests you treat it immediately.

Infection You Don’t Know You Have

Yep, your teeth feel perfectly fine. You have no symptoms really! Maybe you occasionally feel a little bit of discomfort but you figure that you have a small cavity and remind yourself that you really should come in to see your Riverside dentist already for a checkup (and probably a dental filling) but you just figure you have time. Unfortunately, what patients frequently fail to notice is that infections can occur without clear signs. Your cavity may be big enough to have let bacteria enter your tooth. If you wait to visit us for your checkups and you remain in the dark about your smile concern, a serious infection can lead to a need not for a root canal treatment but for the removal of your tooth. An easy solution? Keep up with those checkups and always see us if you experience any amount of pain!

Avoid Tooth Loss With Consistent Care

Don’t forget that when your goal is to keep your smile clean and to avoid the need for extractions, one of the key factors in good care is scheduling preventive visits. Set up your checkups twice annually for success. Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.