Causes of Missing Teeth
There are a number of common causes of missing teeth, which include gum disease, tooth decay and injury. Also, it is possible for some people to be born with missing teeth, which is often hereditary. The most common types of teeth that are usually absent are second premolars, upper lateral incisors and wisdom teeth.

Gingivitis and Gum Disease
Gum inflammation, commonly known as gingivitis, usually precedes gum disease, which is known as periodontitis. However, not all gum inflammation develops into gum disease. In the early stage of gingivitis, plaque builds up causing inflammation and gums easily bleed when brushed. The gums appear irritated, but the teeth are still firmly in place. The progression to gum disease occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. A person with gum disease has teeth where the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away to form pockets. This small space between the tooth and gums collects debris and can become infected. Eventually the bone and tissue will breakdown and the tooth will become loose and eventually be lost. However, good oral hygiene can help prevent gingivitis. Proper dental care is comprised of brushing twice, every day and flossing once a day. To remove tartar and plaque, it is important to book a regular professional cleaning at least twice a year.

Tooth Decay
During tooth decay, the tooth structure, including the enamel and the dentin layer of the tooth, is destroyed. Tooth decay occurs when foods high in sugar and starch, such as soda, milk, breads and cereals, are not removed from the teeth. These foods are digested by mouth bacteria, turning them into acids. Acid, bacteria, food debris and saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth, which creates holes in teeth, known as cavities.

Injuries
Additionally, sports and automobile injuries may result in tooth loss. An injury can affect the jawbone and gums, which in turn, may result in tooth loss. These injuries that are a result of unfortunate accidents may be hard to prevent. However, sports injuries can be averted with the use of protective gear, such as a helmet and mouth guard. A custom-made mouthguard protects the teeth and should be worn while practicing and playing any contact sport.

Risks of Missing Teeth
Health issues can arise from missing teeth. When food is not properly chewed and there are gaps in between teeth, this can cause poor oral health and speech impediments. All teeth are required to stay intact in order to prevent other teeth from moving. The movement in teeth can cause increased gaps in some areas and overcrowding in others. Both of these conditions can cause severe bite problems that require an orthodontic procedure. While a single missing tooth may not seem like a huge risk, it can in fact cripple the entire structure of the mouth, resulting in increased tooth loss. Additionally, missing teeth can lower self-esteem, especially if they are located in areas that are visible.

It is incredibly important to replace your missing teeth. We are fortunate to live in a time of advanced technology, which makes replacing teeth that much easier. Excellent dentists can replace your teeth and provide you with the help you need to recover. Removable partial dentures, bridges, or dental implants are all great options for missing teeth. Your dentist can help determine which option is best for you.

King Ritson Dental Clinic
If you are suffering from any dental problems, book an appointment at King Ritson Dental Clinic, Oshawa’s local provider for all dental services. The team of 10 dentists and 25 dental hygienists strive to provide you with top-notch treatment and excellent customer service.

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