Surprising Tooth Loss Factors

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Hello and welcome to another September installment of the Synergy Dental Care blog!

If you are an adult living in the Gillette area who is struggling with the aftermath of tooth loss, Dr. Porter can quickly restore your life with one of our great solutions including: Single Dental Implants, Implant-Supported Bridges, Implant-Supported Dentures, and All-on-4 Dental Implants.

While it is encouraging to know that your health, appearance, confidence, and dignity are all things that Dr. Porter and our talented team can give back to you if you are already missing teeth, we’d honestly rather help folks prevent loss in the first place.

In that spirit, today, we’ve decided to take look at some of the contributing factors (some of which might surprise you) behind tooth loss in American adults.

Keep reading, and then be sure to get in touch with our team to schedule your next appointment in our Wyoming dentist’s office.

Periodontal Disease

This is your wake-up call. Pay attention to your gums! What starts out as an irritating infection known as gingivitis, ends up as a nasty condition called periodontal disease. This is the #1 cause of tooth loss in American adults. Luckily, it is easily preventable and/or treatable if caught early enough. That’s why you won’t want to stay away from our dentist’s office for too awful long.


Age has its perks. That said, as we grow older our bodies evolve, and many unanticipated health issues can arise. In regards to tooth loss the odds are not in your favor once you pass 30. So, watch out!


Sorry gentleman. It’s been shown that 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.

Home Hygiene

For maximum oral health benefits, you will need to do your part at home every day of your life. There is a lot riding on your habits. If you don’t keep your teeth free of plaque bacteria you’re far more likely to end up with cavities and the aforementioned periodontal disease that will lead to tooth loss and wreck your smile.

Our advice is to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash regularly! And try to locate a good source of fluoride!

Professional Dental Care

Here’s a telling statistic for you: only about 13 percent of adults with tooth loss reported having a dental appointment within the prior six months.

Coming in 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.

Don’t forget, we can screen for cancer and other bad things every time you come in for a cleaning and oral exam. What’s more, we have all the tools, training, and technology to get you back on track fast should anything ever go awry.

Tobacco Use

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 (which as you now know is the leading cause of tooth loss in this country).

Blood Pressure

You need to take a holistic look at your wellness. Everything is interrelated. Gum disease and high-blood pressure are correlated but it seems to work in both directions.

Let Us Save Your Smile!

To take the next step towards a healthier smile, contact our Gillette, WY dentist’s office today. Dr. Porter and our talented team will give you plenty to smile about.

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