The Link Between Oral Health and Tooth Loss

The Link Between Oral Health and Tooth Loss

187526157When you lose a tooth as a child, it’s usually nothing to be concerned about. When you lose a tooth as an adult, however, it’s usually as a result of poor oral hygiene, and the consequences can be serious. As this article explains, there is a direct correlation between your oral health and how likely you are to lose teeth as an adult.
Causes of tooth loss. While facial injuries can cause tooth loss, the most common reason that people lose teeth after the age of 35 is periodontal disease. Also known simply as gum disease, periodontal disease is a serious infection caused by bacterial growth as a result of plaque. It attacks your gum tissue, causing your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. Symptoms of gum disease include chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, and overly sensitive teeth.
Risk factors for tooth loss. According to a 2005 study by the Journal of Periodontology, men 35 and older who never visit the dentist or brush their teeth are at the highest risk for losing their teeth due to oral health problems. Other risk factors for tooth loss include being a smoker and having diabetes, high blood pressure, or rheumatoid arthritis.
How to prevent tooth loss. The surest way to protect yourself from possible tooth loss is to maintain good oral health. This means brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. The more diligent you are about keeping your teeth strong and healthy, the less likely you are to lose them.
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This article is part of our blog series, “The Deadly Consequences of Poor Dental Care

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Sources:
http://www.joponline.org/doi/abs/10.1902/jop.2005.76.11.1910