Tooth loss is basically a dentist’s worse nightmare. Dentistry can be summed up as the collective medical efforts to stop tooth loss, so dentists are very aware of this problem, and have numerous ways of trying to stop it from happening. In this day and age, although most people will lose one or some of their teeth in their old age, complete tooth loss is not inevitable, and is not a necessary part of growing old. Tooth loss happens for a number of reasons, and if you are aware of them, you can deal with it and stop it before it even starts. Here are some of the most common problems that can lead to tooth loss.
Gingivitis and periodontitis
Gum disease, which can be called either gingivitis or periodontitis depending on how far the infection has gotten, is the number one reason for moving teeth getting loose and falling out. The gums become infected with bacteria and cannot fulfil their function of keeping the teeth in their place, and thus they fall out. The best way to prevent moving teeth from periodontitis is to keep periodontitis at bay. That can only be done by using dental floss and mouthwash with your home oral health care routine. Use dental floss twice a day and show up regularly to your half year check-ups, and you should be able to avoid periodontitis, and thus moving teeth as well. If you already have periodontitis, the best thing to do is to take a course of antibiotics and kill the germs, and afterwards make sure you go to check-ups and are rigorous about your oral health.
Some degenerative diseases, and some other, systemic diseases can result in the degeneration of the jawbone. This will make teeth become mobile, and you may experience moving teeth, and even tooth loss. These kinds of problems will make themselves known before tooth loss becomes a problem, and your teeth will move long before tooth loss becomes an issue. In the case of these kinds of illnesses, sometimes medicine can help, but sometimes the jawbone cannot really be saved. But even in these cases, the teeth can sometimes be saved, so it is of the utmost importance to get to your dentist as soon as any moving teeth can be felt.