Tips on How to Lower Your Risks of Tooth Loss

As often as it occurs, it’s understandable why many people think they’re bound to lose one or more teeth as they get older. However, in many cases, they aren’t; tooth loss is most often the result of a dental issues, like gum disease, that could have been prevented or treated before the tooth was lost. At our Redmond, OR, dental office, our focus is on helping you avoid losing a tooth and the things that could lead to it. That includes helping you understand your specific risks of tooth loss and how you can lower them by improving your oral health care.

Prioritize good hygiene practices

There’s a reason why brushing and flossing your teeth daily is the most common dental hygiene advice – it’s the most important thing you can do for keeping them healthy. Every day, hundreds of different kinds of oral bacteria gather on your teeth and along your gum line, forming sticky plaque that can become obvious before the day is over. Many of these bacteria lead to things like tooth decay and gum disease, which are common causes of tooth loss when they become severe. If you skip brushing and flossing your teeth even once, these bacteria may have time to sow the seeds of more destructive dental disease.

Don’t ignore signs of dental issues

In addition to keeping your teeth clean, keeping them healthy may sometimes mean addressing an issue that’s already developed before it gets worse. For example, if gum disease develops, you may notice swelling and redness in your gum tissues, and occasional bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth. Many people overlook these symptoms, allowing gum disease to progress enough to the point that it causes tooth loss. If you have a toothache or notice any other signs of concern, then schedule a visit with your dentist to address the issues as soon as possible.

Keep up with checkups and cleanings

Even if you don’t notice anything amiss with your teeth or gums, it’s important to schedule and attend visits with your dentist at least once every six months. Preventive checkups and professional cleanings are essential for several reasons. For instance, once plaque calcifies (hardens) into tartar, only your dentist or hygienist can remove it. It also takes a professional eye to spot many of the earliest signs of dental disease, and your routine checkups will give your dentist the chance to spot and treat any concerns before they become more obvious.

Learn how you can avoid tooth loss

Tooth loss can often be prevented, but it takes diligent care and maintenance both at home and at your dentist’s office. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.