Tooth Loss: Risk Factors To Watch Out For

The most commonly-cited problems that can lead to tooth loss include standbys like tooth decay and gum (i.e. periodontal) disease. These are far from the only maladies that can lead to tooth damage or complete loss! There are simply too many people out there who don’t take oral hygiene and regular dental care seriously, and this leads directly to neglect and tooth loss. The good news is that the right attention can prevent almost every cause of tooth loss.

For a start, you need to visit your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and inspections. Combined with good oral hygiene at home, this will go a long way towards retaining your teeth. Some individuals who take care of their teeth properly are still at risk for tooth loss. Gum (periodontal) disease is the leading risk factor leading to tooth loss according to the Journal of Periodontology. Other factors that can significantly increase your risk of losing teeth include:

  • Passing the age of 35
  • Smoking (both current and former smokers have increased risk)
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Males have a greater risk of losing teeth than females
  • Lack of proper dental care (both professional and at home)

Obviously, the people with the greatest risk are older male smokers who neglect their oral hygiene and suffer from other health problems. Obviously, some of these risk factors, like your sex and age, are out of your control. Oral hygiene (including both regular brushing and flossing) and smoking, though, are factors over which you have full control.

The number of people who neglect their teeth can sometimes be truly astonishing. Fully 40 percent of adult dental patients are first-time patients – they’ve never enjoyed professional dental care before. Of these patients, a solid majority (roughly 60 percent) have rarely or never brushed or flossed their teeth. This sort of neglect exposes you to many of the risk factors described above. This is why it’s important to visit a clinic like Smiles on Broadway in Malverne, Long Island.

The dentists on the Smiles on Broadway team are fully committed to delivering the highest possible standards of dental care to all of our patients. We work with individuals and families, handling the dental needs of people in every age group. If you’re concerned about tooth loss or simply want to know more about smart dental care, please feel free to get in touch with us and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members. We’d be happy to answer all of your questions, and if you need to see a dentist we can schedule an appointment at your convenience.