What is the Dental Domino Effect?
If you have lost one tooth, your chances of losing another within the next 5 years increases 20%. A missing tooth creates a gap, into which adjacent teeth tilt, misaligning bite and causing occlusion and TMJ. From there, teeth become subject to the impact of strong chewing muscles, increasing the chance of tooth breakage and periodontal disease.
Furthermore, food collecting in the gaps created by moving, tired teeth can cause cavities and tooth impact.
Children who have dental issues are also more likely to perform poorly in school. Children with tooth pain are 4 times more likely to have a GPA below 2.8 than children without oral pain.
How to Prevent the Domino Effect
If you have missing teeth, you should replace them as soon as possible to avoid shifts in adjacent teeth.
If you do not yet have missing teeth, the best way to prevent future tooth loss and cavities is to maintain healthy dental hygiene habits. People with the healthiest mouths have routine daily habits, including both oral hygiene and healthy diet.
- Brush your teeth at least 2x daily
- Have regular dental check-ups and follow through with treatment
- Avoid eating lots of candy or drinking sodas
- Avoid smoking
- Never put a baby to bed with a bottle containing anything other than water. This can lead to bottle rot.