Fear of a Lost Tooth
Fear tooth loss? You are not alone. The American Association of Endodontists released study results showing that 70% of people in the U.S. fear tooth loss. So, we’d like to tell you what you need to know to help ensure you keep all of your teeth over the course of your lifetime. First and foremost is proper tooth brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups. Proper diet also plays a role in oral health so check out our oral health diet article. If you lose a tooth due to traumatic injury, you can try to place the tooth back in your mouth after cleaning it with water only as you contact your dentist immediately so you can step into his or her office to see if you can save your tooth.
The most important component is to not miss out on dental treatment if you need treatment. Small dental cavities can easily be detected at your dentist’s office with advanced technology. This offers an opportunity to fill in small cavities, preserves more healthy tooth structure and prevents increased decay that would otherwise lead to larger dental fillings, less natural tooth structure, and more invasive dental treatment. More invasive dental treatment, such as, dental crowns and root canals, are required for advanced tooth decay and take away from normal tooth structure. So, proper oral hygiene is the key that unlocks the door for preserving your teeth over the course of your lifetime. Have no fear, see your dentist regularly and learn more about how you can preserve your healthy tooth structures for a lifetime.
If you are interested in general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.