Adult tooth loss is something that everyone wants to avoid at all costs.. After all, who wants to look like a hockey player without the paycheck to go with it at least right? But seriously, tooth loss is a big deal and is at least partially within your control. There are 8 key risk factors associated with adult tooth loss, some genetic, and some fully within your control.
- Being older than 35
- Being male
- Never getting professional dental care
- Never using a toothbrush
- Smoking (current or past)
- Having diabetes
- Having high blood pressure
- Having rheumatoid arthritis
Of these 8 leading risk factors for tooth loss, gum (periodontal) disease is the leading risk factor for adult tooth loss.
As with most potential oral health issues, there is no real “secret” in what to do to minimize your risk of adult tooth loss. It’s really as simple as persistently and consistently performing your daily dental habits of flossing, rinsing, and brushing the right way. As well as obviously visiting your dentist for regular check cleanings and also minimizing some of these other risk factors that you may be more in control over such as smoking. So don’t be forced to go around looking like you used to play in the NHL, NFL, or be a boxer. Just simply take the time to do your little bit every day for your long term dental well being and you’ll be very glad you did so. After all, that’s a lot easier than losing a tooth and having to live with any regrets of not easily preventing such a thing from happening by just taking 5 minutes out of your day to do so.