As you continue to get older, the risk of losing your teeth increases. However, aging and tooth loss do not necessarily have to go together. In fact, it is usually other factors that contribute more to tooth loss rather than aging alone. This factor which basically involves bad lifestyle habits and maintaining a healthy dental hygiene need to be steered clear of if you want to prevent tooth loss. Some of these preventive measures that can protect you against tooth loss:
1. Stop Smoking
Smokers are twice more likely to suffer tooth loss than non-smokers. Smoking and other forms of tobacco use pose a great risk of developing periodontal disease, which is a leading cause of tooth loss. Smoking affects the blood supply to your gums and surrounding bone structure and can make the symptoms of periodontal disease more severe.
2. Manage existing health conditions
It is a known fact that diabetes can damage the eyes, nerves, kidneys and the heart. The teeth and gums are also affected by diabetes as well. Since it reduces the body’s immunity and healing abilities, gum disease can occur much more frequently in people who have diabetes. This results to a higher rate of tooth loss. Also in addition, another deadly health condition which is a risk factor for gum disease and this tooth loss is high blood pressure.
3. Treat cavities early
Cavities form from interaction between the bacteria in your mouth and sugars such as the ones found in soda and sweets. This interaction promoted acid production that causes demineralization of the enamel. Cavities can be salvaged through restorative treatment such as demineralization. If the decay is yet to reach the pulp or nerve, the dentist will remove the decay and cover the hole with a resin composite or amalgam filling. However, if the decay has spread to the pulp or nerve, a root canal or pulp capping procedure will be required. It is important to consult the doctor once you notice symptoms of cavities.
4. Brush and floss daily
The importance of brushing and flossing daily cannot be overemphasized. Brush twice daily and floss at least once daily to remove acid-producing bacteria that cause cavities, erode enamel and cause periodontal disease.
5. Eat properly
Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia can cause tooth damage and loss. When your diet lacks certain kinds of nutrient like calcium for instance, this can increase your risk of tooth loss. Foods and beverages with high in sugar, carbohydrates and acids can damage your teeth and gums.
6. Protect teeth from trauma
Injury or trauma to the mouth may cause tooth to fall off instantly or cause tooth fractures that will eventually lead to the tooth loss either due to infection or weakening of the tooth. Wearing a mouth guard in contact sports can help protect the teeth against injury.
7. Correct structural issues
It can be difficult to thoroughly clean misaligned teeth. These make them prone to tartar and buildup of plaque which cause periodontal problems that leads to tooth loss.
8. Have regular dental checkups
It is very important to visit your dentist at least once in every six months. Even with good home oral hygiene practices, skipping dental check-ups may cause early signs of tooth loss to go unnoticed. Early detection allows treatment and correction of dental problems long before they cause tooth loss.
As we plan towards another year, this is the right time to start planning for a dental check up. Contact us to schedule a visit and keep your teeth healthy and strong for the next year and years to come.