Tooth loss is a lot more common than you might realize, and sadly, most of the reasons Canadians lose their teeth are completely avoidable. The Journal of Periodontology in the United States has determined that the majority of tooth loss causes are within a person’s control, which means everyone needs to step up their overall oral health care best practices.
What Causes Tooth Loss?
There are a few reasons causing a person to lose their teeth prematurely, including:
- Age - Being older than 35 can increase the risk for tooth loss.
- Sex - If you are a male, you are at higher risk for tooth loss than a woman.
- Dental Care - Individuals that never seek dental care or do not receive regular dental care are likely to lose their teeth simply because they ignore dental cleaning and annual examinations.
- Oral Care at Home - Brushing teeth twice a day is not just a suggestion; it is critical! Individuals that do not brush twice a day are at higher risk for tooth loss.
- Smoking - Those who currently smoke or have done so in the past have an increased likelihood of tooth loss.
- Being a diabetic
- Having high blood pressure
- Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis
- The type of tooth - anterior teeth (front teeth) are more likely to be lost to gum disease than teeth in the back of the mouth according to the Canadian Dental Association
Gum disease is by far the leading reason for tooth loss in the world, but it is preventable. Some things you can do to limit your risks for developing gum disease or losing your own teeth include:
- Brushing your teeth after each meal to remove food debris and plaque that may be trapped in between teeth or gums
- Flossing at least once a day to remove food particles
- Using mouthwash to reduce plaque and wash away any remaining food particles
- Avoiding habits that increase your risk for gum disease, including smoking and poor diet
- Being aware of risk factors that are out of your control, such as chronic illnesses, age or genetics
See a Dentist in Edmonton for Regular Checkups
Azarko Dental Group’s Edmonton dental clinics are accepting new patients. Schedule your appointment using our convenient online booking program or call one of two Edmonton locations near you.