Unless you regularly play some form of contact sports then you probably don’t foresee the loss of teeth at any point in your life. However, the unfortunate news is that tooth loss in adults is pretty common, especially once you’re over the age of 35 and if you’re into your 50’s or 60’s then it’s highly likely that you’ve lost two or more teeth. So what can you do to prevent tooth loss? Naturally as a dentist in Glasgow we’d recommend practising good oral habits, but it’s important to combine this with taking control of your life in general, and that means eating the right foods and living a healthy lifestyle.
- Being over the age of 35
- Being a male
- Minimal professional dental care
- High blood pressure
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Poor oral hygiene
Practising good oral care to prevent tooth loss
One of the highest risk factors to losing teeth is by not taking care of them and this includes professional dental care. It’s important to visit your dentist in Glasgow on a regular basis for check-ups and a professional clean at least twice a year. A professional clean will remove any plaque or tartar which you haven’t manage to shift with brushing and flossing and it also means that any dental problems can be spotted in their early stages and treated.
It’s important to get into a regular routine of care at home too. This includes brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once a day. This helps prevent the build up of plaque which if not removed can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Just by making small adjustments to your daily brushing routine can go a long way to preventing tooth loss.
Living and eating right to prevent tooth loss
Tooth loss can also be prevented by living a healthier lifestyle and eating the right foods. Sugar is one of the biggest contributors to tooth loss and while it builds up our dental implants Glasgow side of the business, we’d far rather patients cut back on eating sugary food and sweets and kept their natural teeth. Smoking is also known to lead to weakened gums and tooth loss in time. Eating the right foods and living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just contribute to a healthier mouth and teeth it also helps prevent conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure which are both linked to tooth loss.
Teeth are important to help you eat but they’re just as important for your confidence, as an attractive, healthy smile helps you connect with other people and can even further your career. Losing teeth doesn’t just lower self-esteem but also makes it look as if you’re not looking after yourself. So don’t be a victim of tooth loss, take care of them!
If you have any dental problems or haven’t had a check-up in a while then it’s never too late to start making improvements to your oral care. Why not schedule a check-up appointment with Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care. He’ll carry out a thorough examination of your teeth and if necessary put together a treatment plan to bring your oral health up to speed. Call today on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.