How to Keep Your Teeth - For Life
Is tooth loss inevitable? With each passing year and our continuing technological development, the answer becomes a more resounding “no.” Our teeth are built to last, and seniors’ tooth loss has dropped by 60 percent in the last fifty years. So then why do so many seniors have partials or dentures? It all comes down to their lifelong oral hygiene.
The number one cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease. By brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular exams, you can help reduce your likelihood of infected gums. This will prevent tooth loss and keep your smile intact! Keep reading to learn how to implement your own disease-fighting measures into daily life, and get in touch today to schedule your next exam. Bringing a dental team into your mouth twice a year is the best way to spot early problems.
Why Gum Disease is a Big Deal
When your gums become infected, you can see tooth and bone loss - but the ramifications don’t stop there. Studies continue to suggest a link between periodontitis and some systemic health problems. By keeping your gums healthy, you may actually be able to avoid other diseases! When combining that with avoiding tooth loss, a periodontitis-free life is more appealing than ever.
Preventing Serious Dental Problems
- Know the symptoms of gingivitis - When you're aware of what to watch out for, disease prevention is simple. Make sure to take note of red or purple gums, puffiness, tender gums, or receding gums.
- Schedule exams every six months (or more) - Depending on your risk of gum disease, we may want to see you more often than the recommended interval. We'll let you know when you should be scheduling next after each appointment.
- Brush and floss thoroughly and often - By removing plaque before it irritates your gums, you avoiding the inflammation that kicks off the disease cycle. Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing should be a part of your life if you want to preserve your teeth.
- Be vigilant - When something seems like it's off, it's always safest to get it checked out.