The main way to prevent tooth loss is to keep good oral hygiene, as the main factor of tooth loss is decay and gum disease. Tooth decay is caused by a build up of plaque, however by brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing, you will be removing the plaque so that it is not left to build up and rot your teeth, causing cavities, which can result in them falling out. If you have cavities and you leave them untreated, over time it will affect your gums and your bone which leads to your teeth not being held in place properly which can lead to them falling out.
Another cause of tooth loss is trauma to the mouth. Contact sports such as American Football can cause trauma which can be avoided by wearing facemarks and mouthguard to protect your teeth.
Also if you tend to grind your teeth, using a mouthguard or night guard will reduce the pressure and force put onto your teeth whilst grinding and reduce the chance of tooth loss.
There has also been studies which have shown that smoking cigarettes is a high factor to tooth loss. By stopping smoking you will be lowering your chance of tooth loss.
Health eating also helps in the prevention of tooth loss as eating foods high in calcium will help your teeth and bone stay healthy and strong. In addition staying away from junk foods and drinks is good for your teeth as they are high in sugar.
For more information on how to keep your teeth healthy and strong and avoid tooth loss, as well as advice on how to look after your teeth properly, please book in today for a free consultation with one of our dental professionals who can assess your case and discuss all the options available to you.