As a 20 or 30-something, the last thing on your mind is probably the idea of choosing dentures or another dental prostheses. Unfortunately, if you think you’re simply too young to lose your teeth, it’s time to think again. Tooth loss can affect anyone, and it can be caused by a variety of issues. Trauma is just one reason young adults might find themselves with incomplete smiles. Deep infections can also cause teeth to fail, or require extraction. Yet gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss, not to mention a condition many Americans will find themselves facing. If you really want to protect your smile, it’s important to understand what causes tooth loss, how you can prevent it, and how your prosthetic dentist can help treat it, if it does happen to you.
Is Your Smile Showing Warnings of Decay, Infection or Disease?
One way to protect your smile is by simply paying attention to it. If you have noticed any changes that could be indicators of a problem like a cavity or even gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, called periodontitis, it’s important to see the dentist as soon as possible.
Chronic dry mouth and bad breath are common warnings of underlying oral health issues. Heightened sensitivity and pain are indicators of dental issues, as well. If your gums look inflamed or are easily irritated, for instance if they bleed when you floss, you could be suffering from gingivitis.
Of course, noticeably chipped or cracked teeth, or those impacted by a trauma or accident, should be examined as well, since restorative treatment is likely necessary to prevent infection.
Seeing your dentist regularly for preventive care can help you avoid the need for restorative treatments, but it is also one of the best ways to avoid premature tooth loss, or the need for extraction.
In Need ofProsthetic Treatment?
Dr. Janet Goguen, DMD, provides a number of prosthetic options to help patients cope with tooth loss. Call our office in Upton, MA, today at 508-529-4591 to schedule a prosthetic visit. We proudly welcome patients from all surrounding communities, including, Grafton, Hopedale, Whitinsville, and more.