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Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons, but several of them are actually preventable. Losing a tooth doesn’t just impact your appearance, it can also negatively impact your oral health, even causing misalignment of the surrounding teeth. Of course, our dentist, Dr. Michael Dana, works to save damaged teeth whenever possible. Today we are going to give you some tips on how you can prevent tooth loss. Let’s take a look!

Tip #1: Preventing gum disease. If the plaque that builds up every day on your teeth isn’t cleared away, it will irritate the gum tissue. If plaque is allowed to harden into tartar–a toxic substance–it can lead to an infection in the gum pockets. Unless your dentist intervenes, gum disease will deteriorate the underlying bone, causing loose teeth or even tooth loss. By practicing good oral habits daily–brushing and flossing– and keeping your bi-annual dental cleanings with your dentist, you can prevent gum disease from taking hold of your smile.

Tip #2: Preventing tooth decay. Tooth decay is common for those who have poor oral hygiene habits, who have a poor diet high in carbohydrates and sugar, and who don’t get routine professional dental cleanings. If a cavity is left undetected and treated, the decay can spread, damaging the tooth to the point where extraction is the only treatment. By maintaining good daily oral hygiene, indulging in a balanced diet, and seeing your dentist regularly for cavity treatment, you can prevent this type of tooth loss.

Tip #3: Preventing oral injury. Injury to the teeth is another common cause of tooth loss. This is a problem especially when you actively engage in high-impact sports or recreational activities which make you susceptible to flying objects or getting hit in the mouth. By wearing an athletic guard as you engage in these sorts of activities, you can protect your smile from harm.

If you have any questions about preventing tooth loss in Spearfish, South Dakota, we invite you to call Dana Dental Arts at 605.642.7727 and speak with a member of our dental team. We are here to answer your questions and help you maintain your healthy smile!