Having missing teeth isn’t just a potential source of embarrassment, it also makes it harder to eat and chew, and puts you at risk for developing a host of other dental problems, and even increase your risk of losing your other teeth.
This is precisely why it’s important to actively care for your teeth to prevent tooth loss. Here are some factors you need to consider when making decisions about your oral health.
Being a man
Studies show that men are more likely than women develop tooth loss. The reasons for this are still unclear, but if you’re a guy, you may want to be more proactive about your oral health.
Being above the age of 35
Once you hit 35, your risk for tooth loss becomes higher, only increasing as you age. While there’s not much you can do about aging, you can be more active when it comes to taking care of your teeth and gums.
Failing to visit the dentist
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. And one of the leading causes of gum disease is failing to see a dentist regularly. Individuals who avoid seeing the dentist are more likely to suffer from some form of moderate or severe gum disease. The point is, see your dentist at least twice a year.
Rarely brushing your teeth
Brushing is perhaps the best defense against tooth loss and gum disease, but you’d be surprised just how many people rarely ever do it. The best thing to do is to brush twice daily, particularly after a meal. You should also floss at least once a day to remove the gunk between your teeth.
Surprise, surprise. Several studies on individuals suffering from gum disease and tooth loss show that most patients actually have a history of heavy smoking. Even those who have quit smoking are still at a higher risk. Drop the habit while you still have your teeth.