If you haven’t lost any permanent teeth, then you might wonder how long it will be before you do. Or, you might be convinced that you’re the exception to the rule, and will never lose your teeth except in extreme circumstances. The truth is that adult tooth loss is typically highly preventable, but it can occur for a variety of reasons, and prevention isn’t always successful. Fortunately, there are several ways you can help yourself prevent tooth loss, mainly by paying attention to your dental health and visiting your dentist regularly, without fail.
1. By paying attention to your smile.
Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is standard good hygiene, but ensuring the longevity of your smile requires more than just cleaning it. Every time you stand in front of the mirror, pay close attention to how your teeth, gums, tongue, and oral tissues look.
If your teeth appear darker than usual, or you have one or more teeth with serious-looking discoloration, then it may be a warning that excessive tartar or a tooth infection are threatening your smile. If your gums appear red and angry, or if they bleed when you brush and floss, then gingivitis may have set in, and can quickly turn into gum disease (the leading cause of adult tooth loss) without prompt treatment.
2. By visiting your dentist often.
Even if you don’t notice anything odd in the appearance of your teeth or oral tissues, you should still attend a dental checkup and cleaning appointment at least once every six months. Regular visits to your dentist will allow him to search for things that you may not be able to see on your own, even in front of a mirror. Spotting trouble and treating it early is the best way to prevent issues from developing and growing that could lead to the loss of one or more permanent teeth.