At some point, nearly 60% of adults will lose one or more teeth for a number of different reasons. Because it’s so common, many people believe that they’re destined to lose teeth eventually. However, it doesn’t have to. Tooth loss may be a frequent problem, but in most cases, it can be prevented with proper care and maintenance from the dentist. Today, we show patients in North Hollywood, CA, how to boost their chances of preventing tooth loss by improving certain aspects of their dental health and hygiene routines.
Take everyday hygiene seriously
Most people know that they should take their hygiene routine seriously, but not everyone sticks to that routine. Missing a beat can lead to over accumulation of harmful oracteria, which lead to issues such as gum disease (the lead cause of adult tooth loss). Consistently good hygiene helps control this bacteria buildup, and therefore, your risks of losing teeth due to gum disease.
Know what your risks are
Besides oral bacteria and the dental diseases they can cause, other risk factors for tooth loss include improper bite alignment, a tendency to grind your teeth consistently (bruxism), and other conditions that could threaten the integrity of your teeth. Keeping up with regular preventive dental visits will give your dentist the chance to thoroughly assess your specific risks of tooth loss and address them to preserve your smile.
Team up with your dentist
Once you know your risks, you and your dentist can team up to keep them under control and mitigate the threat of tooth loss. For example, if you develop gum disease, then a consistent schedule of periodontal cleaning and maintenance can help you control it before it causes enough damage to lead to tooth loss.
Learn How to Lower Your Risks of Losing Teeth
Tooth loss is common because there are many different factors that contribute to your risks. By understanding these factors, however, you can significantly improve your chances of preventing it. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.