May 15, 2017
Here’s some good news: If you ever have to suffer the indignity of tooth loss as an adult, Dr. Porter can quickly restore your smile and life as you know it with one of our great restorative dentistry solutions. If you read our last blog post, you know that these include: Single Dental Implants, Implant-Supported Bridges, Implant-Supported Dentures, and All-on-4 Dental Implants.
Now for the bad news: you are at risk for tooth loss, and if you don’t lose a tooth in your lifetime, odds are good that someone you love will. That’s why for today’s blog entry, we’ve decided to take look at some of the contributing factors behind tooth loss in adults. Please read on, and then follow up with our team to schedule your next appointment in our Gillette, WY dentist’s office.
With age, our bodies evolve, and many unanticipated health issues can arise. In regards to tooth loss, once you pass 30 you are at an increased risk.
Whether You Are A Boy Or Girl
Guys, pay attention. Men tend to lose a lot more teeth than women. So, especially if you are 35 or older, you will need to be mindful of the way you treat your teeth and gums. Ladies, that doesn’t mean that you are off the hook entirely. It can happen to anyone.
Prolonged Gum Disease
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. What starts out as an irritating infection known as gingivitis, ends up as a nasty condition called periodontal disease. Fortunately, it is easily preventable and/or treatable if caught early enough. That’s why you won’t want to stay away from our Gillette, WY dentist’s office for long.
Oral Hygiene Habits
What you do at home in the months between office-visits matters. If you don’t keep your teeth free of plaque bacteria you’re far more likely to end up with cavities and the just discussed gum disease that will lead to tooth loss and destroy your gorgeous grin. Please brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash regularly! And try to locate a good source of fluoride!
Tobacco smoke is a major risk factor for gum disease as well as tooth loss. This is due to the fact that it changes the bacterial balance of your mouth. The sad fact is that if you’re a lifelong smoker it’s pretty much a sure bet that you’ll eventually need to have Dr. Porter replace some teeth for you. If you need help quitting, contact the local health department for resources.
Sugar actually feeds the dangerous bacteria that causes decay in your teeth. Interestingly, we have also found that patients with diabetes are at extreme risk for gum disease and subsequent tooth loss.
From our point of view, everyone needs to take a more holistic look at their wellness. Everything in the body is interconnected. Gum disease and high-blood pressure are correlated but it seems to work in both directions.
Having A Dentist You Can Trust To Keep Up
Stopping by for a checkup at Synergy Dental Care twice a year is a relatively small investment of time that could save your smile along with your life. Remember, we can screen for cancer and other bad things every time you come in for a cleaning and oral exam. Plus, we have all the tools and training necessary to get you back on the good road ASAP should anything ever be amiss.
Learn More, Get Started!
If you are serious about saving your smile, contact our Gillette, WY dentist’s office today. Our patients love visiting our office because they know it will be a relaxing, productive experience. Dr. Porter employs the latest dental technology and comfort options to ensure that your visit is as stress-free as possible. See you soon!