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The 3 Biggest Threats to Your Teeth

Old man missing a tooth

Our teeth are created to last our lifetimes. However, many of us, in fact over 178 million people in the United States are currently living with one or more missing teeth. There are many reasons why we may lose our teeth during our lives, but today we want to break down the 3 main reasons for tooth loss, and how to fix that.

Chipped and Broken Teeth


This seems like an obvious factor, but it’s one of the main reasons people site when they lose a tooth. Whether it’s from an accident, or poor care, a chipped or broken tooth usually signals the need to get a filling or to remove the entire tooth. Even teeth that are perfectly intact can experience chipping or a fracture by simply biting down on the wrong side of a piece of food. Painfully, a broken tooth has to be extracted, leaving you with a gap in your teeth.

Teeth Grinding


Any dentist will tell you that the worst thing you can do to your teeth is grind them. Your teeth are protected by a thin line of cells called enamel. Enamel is the battleground where your body fights plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth. Usually, you help your teeth out by brushing your teeth daily and cleaning up the surface. However, if you grind your teeth, you wear away the enamel that is protecting your teeth, leading to small fissures in your teeth that acts as an early signal of tooth decay.

Enamel Erosion


Your enamel is incredulously important, but grinding your teeth isn’t the only reason your enamel may erode. Drinking acidic drinks excessively, such as soft drinks and coffee, gradually erodes your teeth’s enamel. Other things such as bulimia, and vomiting accelerate enamel erosion. The acid that touches your teeth eats at the enamel, leading to tooth decay.

Make Dental Implants Your Solution


If you are missing a tooth for one of the above reasons, you are in luck. Dental implants are the number one solution for restoring a missing tooth. Unlike natural teeth, dental implants cannot suffer from tooth decay. While that may be so, dental implants still need to be taken care of! By brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing between meals, you can make the most out of a dental implant, and feel good that your missing tooth is only a memory thanks to your new dental implant. For more information about dental implants, contact us here at One Stop Implants & Dental!

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