Did your parents or grandparents lose their teeth at an early age? Not too long ago some generations were wearing full dentures in their 30s. One preconception is that if your parents or grandparents lost their teeth at an early age, you will too and there’s nothing you can do about it. Instead, these patients simply embrace a method of tooth replacement treatment and give up on trying to stop the process.
The main reason for adult tooth loss isn’t tooth decay; it’s periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease, and is caused by bacteria destroying the supporting bone structure around the teeth. This results in loose teeth that eventually fall out due to lack of bone support. While genetic predisposition and spread of the bacteria from parent to child is definitely a factor, the disease process can be treated and in many cases reversed.
Periodontal therapy involves the removal of infectious bacteria and calcifications from the teeth and gum pockets, which cause the disease condition. In some cases a prescription medication may also be applied down into the pocket area, increasing the rate of healing. For serious cases, bone grafting or surgical periodontal therapy may be needed in an attempt to save the teeth.
Nothing beats having your natural teeth. By staying dedicated to your oral hygiene and the treatment of your gum disease, you can stop the disease process and keep your teeth years longer than you might have thought. Our smiles were designed to last a lifetime, so won’t you give yours a chance? If you’ve been told that you have gum disease, ask your dentist today what steps you can take to help eliminate it, allowing you to keep your teeth longer than your previous generations.
Posted on behalf of North Point Periodontics
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