The two main causes of tooth loss are periodontal disease and tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when a tooth's mineral makeup has been eroded away and a cavity forms. Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums that begins due to plaque buildup. The earliest stage of this disease is known as gingivitis.
The general consensus among dentists is you should brush your teeth at least twice per day. Try and brush both the top and bottom teeth for a minute each. Flossing once a day is another great way to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
A child should have their first dental checkup by the time they turn 3 years old. There are many dentists who suggest they should have their first appointment when their first tooth comes in.
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