Tooth loss is more common than you might think. In fact, 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and more than 36 million people in the United States don’t have any teeth at all. Is it possible that you’re at risk for losing your teeth as well? Here are some factors that might be an influence:
- If you’re over 35 years old… Unfortunately, the likelihood of losing your teeth increases with age. In fact, adults aged 40-64 are half as likely to have all of their teeth (34%) as those between the ages of 20-39 (67%).
- If you’re male… Men are much more likely to lose their teeth than women, though the exact cause of this is still unknown. If you’re male, be aware that your risk is greater for tooth loss.
- If you have gum disease… Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and, unfortunately, this disease is all too common. Plaque that is left on your teeth can lead to tooth decay over time, which can impact your gums if left untreated. Once these supporting tissues are in jeopardy, your teeth are at risk as well.
- If you have a chronic condition… Chronic diseases like diabetes make it much more difficult to fend off infection. The key to avoiding tooth loss is to take extra precautions and preventative measures. By ensuring your mouth stays in good health, your can feel confident that your teeth are safe as well.
- If you don’t have a sufficient dental hygiene routine… A good oral hygiene routine is critical for preventing decay that can lead to tooth loss. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- If you use tobacco products… Smoking greatly increases your risk for periodontal (gum) disease and, in fact, can make the disease much harder to treat. By harming these supportive tissues, your teeth are at much greater risk for loss.
- If you have high blood pressure… Currently, the link between high blood pressure and tooth loss is still unknown. However, studies have proven that a significant number of patients with high blood pressure also suffer from tooth loss.
- If your teeth have suffered physical trauma… “Trauma” can refer to anything from hitting your teeth on the ground to using your teeth for such things as removing water bottle caps or untying knots. Utilizing your teeth as tools for things other than chewing can absolutely impact your dental health and lead to tooth loss over time.
- If you grind your teeth in your sleep Bruxism (teeth grinding) can severely damage your teeth over time. This can be a result of stress or even a sleep disorder. If you wake up with jaw pain, headaches, or notice wear on your teeth, be sure to visit Caputo Dental right away.
- If you have poor nutrition… Excess sugar in your diet can weaken your tooth enamel and lead to decay. Be sure to eat a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables to keep your mouth in good health, and avoid sugars, highly acidic fruits, sodas, etc. to minimize the damage to your teeth.
- If you avoid the dentist… It is highly recommended that you see your dentist at least twice a year. This will enable you to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which are leading factors in tooth loss.
If you think you think you may be at risk for tooth loss, call Caputo Dental in Naperville, IL today. We’ll set up an appointment to check for signs of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and more to keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking great!