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10 Easy Ways to Avoid Tooth Loss

Many people really believe that tooth loss only occurs in older people, but recent trends are telling a different story.  In 2015 it was reported that 50 percent of 8 year olds were suffering from signs of tooth decay. This a worrying trend as poor oral health denies the right of those inflicted to be able to consume a wholesome diet for the rest of their lives as they may have lost the use of some of their teeth. If a little bit of thought is put into what you and your family are eating this sort of early tooth decay and tooth loss may not take place. There are a number of steps you can take which are described below:

  1. Gum disease is one of the main reasons for tooth loss and can be reduced by giving up smoking, brushing and flossing twice a day, cutting down on sugar consumption including eating sticky and chewy sweets which have the capacity to wrench a weakened tooth or part right out of its socket. Go to see your dentist twice annually. Your dentist is trained to detect gum disease in its early stages and can treat the problem before it`s too late.
  2. Restrict drinking soft drinks as they contain damaging amounts of sugar.
  3. If you play a contact sport that could cause a blow to your mouth it is advisable to use a suitable mouthguard.
  4. Don`t chew hard objects like pen tops, ice cubes and boiled sweets
  5. If you grind your teeth you can make them more vulnerable to breakages so you should ask your dentist to provide a custom made mouth guard which you should wear at night which is the time when teeth grinding usually takes place.
  6. Buying a tongue scraper is a good investment, as around 50% of bacteria found in the mouth are on our tongues and as bacteria is the main reason for tooth loss the tongue should be cleaned as often as the teeth.
  7. Give up smoking, as smokers are likely to experience tooth loss far more often than non-smokers.
  8. It`s not always possible to clean your teeth after every meal, but rinsing your mouth or chewing gum after you have eaten helps to keep up the flow of saliva which reduces the effects of acid in your mouth as well as flushing out damaging bacteria.
  9. Thinking about what you are eating and drinking goes a long way to ensuring both your body and your teeth stay in good health. Eating only small amounts of sugar and foods rich in calcium will help your teeth to remain stronger and free of decay.
  • See your Malmin dentist twice a year, so problems with your teeth are detected early.

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