Tooth loss can either happen by a freak accident or it can occur due to continuous neglect. When it comes down to it, tooth loss is partly avoidable when we practice our home oral health routines to the utmost.
That’s why it’s important to get with your dentist to determine the best routine that you can practice at home that will address your distinct needs. You’ll want to brush at least twice daily, and for minutes on end. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in gentle, circular motions to avoid gum abrasion. Make sure not to brush right after eating so your mouth can neutralize abrasive acids that enter the mouth from acidic foods. Brush after snacking and remember to floss, floss, floss!
Below, Audubon Dental Center goes over a few additional risk factors for tooth loss.
Smoking is a known contributor to gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. Smoking causes plaque to build up, which then leads to tartar build-up, which can bring about gingivitis. Gingivitis can further develop into advanced periodontal disease, followed by tooth loss.
2.) Avoiding Periodontal Care
It’s important to get your teeth and gums checked twice a year by an oral health professional. Keeping your routine check-ups will ensure any problems are treated before they become serious issues. Staying away from the dentist is a surefire way to run into oral health problems down the road. Neglecting problems with your teeth and gums now will cause more costly problems down the road, too.
3.) Slacking on Your At Home Routine
At the end of the day your oral health is mostly on you. Your dentist cannot rigorously clean your teeth each day for you, not to mention make the healthy choices you need to make for you to achieve great oral health. Drilling down your home routine and sticking to it religiously is crucial to avoid tooth loss.
4.) Having Certain Health Conditions
High blood pressure, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis have all been linked to periodontal disease and tooth loss. If you have any health conditions that might affect your oral health, it’s important to let your dentist know immediately so you can populate your home routine with countermeasures.
5.) Being More Advanced in Age
It’s a sad fact of reality that the older we get the more susceptible we are to gum disease and tooth loss, which is why it’s important to double-down on your oral health efforts at home, not to mention keep your scheduled visits with Audubon Dental Center.
If you do experience tooth loss or tooth decay, our team is here to help. Dr. Pantano specializes in the treatment of tooth loss and restorative dentistry, helping our patients achieve healthy smiles in the process. Contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation.