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Preventing tooth loss is not that difficult if you take the time to care for your smile. This is important because losing a tooth doesn’t just affect your appearance, but it can also affect your oral health, including misalignment of the surrounding teeth. Dr. Allen Daniels, will do everything possible to save damaged teeth, but you can take an active part in tooth loss prevention. Let’s take a look at what you can do to prevent tooth loss in your smile!

1-Preventing oral injury: Injury to the mouth is a common culprit for tooth loss, especially if you are active in high-impact sports or recreational activities that expose you to flying objects or getting hit in the mouth. But this form of tooth loss is actually preventable. By wearing an athletic guard, commonly found in sporting goods stores, whenever you participate in these activities, you can protect your smile from damage.

2-Preventing tooth decay: Tooth decay is can be insidious. It can steal your teeth if you have poor oral hygiene habits, consume a poor diet high in carbohydrates and sugar, or skip routine dental cleanings. If a cavity goes unnoticed and untreated, the tooth decay will spread and may eventually require extraction. By establishing and keeping up good daily oral hygiene, nourishing your smile with a balanced diet, and seeing Dr. Allen Daniels regularly professional cleanings and cavity detection, you can help prevent tooth decay from claiming your teeth.

3-Preventing gum disease: If oral plaque isn’t cleared away daily, it can irritate the gum tissue. Eventually, as plaque hardens into tartar–a toxic substance–this irritation can lead to an infection in the gum pockets. Unless Dr. Allen Daniels intervenes, gum disease will deteriorate the underlying bone, causing loose teeth and eventual tooth loss. By practicing good oral habits, such as brushing at least twice each day, and flossing at once a day, along with regular six-month dental cleanings, you can prevent gum disease from taking over your smile.

If you would like to know more about how to keep your smile healthy in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, we invite you to call Bright Dental at 812-656-8888 and speak with a member of our dental team. We are also happy to schedule a visit with our dentist!