One of the main catalysts for tooth loss in adults is gum disease, which is an even more common factor in tooth loss than tooth decay. Roughly half of all adults will experience gum disease at some point in their lives. If it is not identified and treated early on it can result in loss of teeth. The initial symptoms of gum disease include persistent bad breath and gums that are swollen, red or bleeding. If plaque builds up in the mouth it can cause gingivitis, which can easily heal if the plaque is removed. However, if it is not removed gingivitis can then turn into periodontitis, which is more serious.
If periodontitis develops the gums start to pull away from the teeth. This creates a space in which plaque can start to build up in the gums. As this plaque starts to harden the roots of the teeth will be damaged and tooth loss can be the end result.
The best way to avoid all kinds of gum disease is to have a thorough oral hygiene routine. Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day and fluoride toothpaste should be used. Each tooth should be brushed individually, which should take at least two minutes. To ensure fresh breath the tongue should also be brushed. Flossing once a day is also vital to maintaining healthy gums, as this will clean the whole tooth—as opposed to the 60% that is covered by brushing.
If teeth are lost due to gum disease then dental implants may be the best option. They are a long-term solution that fill gaps in the mouth and are thought of as a more convenient alternative to dentures. However, cases of gum disease will need to be brought under control before you can proceed with implant treatment. These and others issues related to gum disease and tooth implants can be discussed with our dental team. For more information on dental implants please contact the team at Sparkle Dental Boutique near Ealing for more information.
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