Tooth Loss – Risk Factors involved

Admit it to the fact that tooth loss is one such thing that is hardly under our control. It is a known fact that maintaining a disciplined hygiene helps a lot in keeping healthy mouth and gums. When we lose our tooth or if we have a bad breath problem it becomes difficult for us to be socially active because the first thing anyone notices when we meet them is our face. So here are nine risk factors involved in tooth loss-

1. Age more than 35.

2. Male sex is more prone to tooth loss.

3. We don’t generally take the dental help.

4. Never using toothbrush.

5. Smoking – which is a strict No-No

6. Diabetes.

7. High blood pressure.

8. Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

9. Loss of front teeth due to gum problem.

Now at the start I mentioned “tooth loss is one such thing that is hardly under our control” because you cannot control your age and sex but other factors such as regular brushing and smoking are very well under our control. These are simple basic hygiene that has to be maintained on a regular basis. One of the major reasons for tooth loss is the gum disease or periodontal disease which is global problem. Also a shocking fact, that men are more prone to teeth loss than women. There is also a strong connection between smoking and tooth loss because when you smoke you take in nicotine which affects your entire mouth and the nicotine settles not just in your lungs but also on teeth. Similarly when you consume carbonated drinks it also leaves the remains on the teeth.

As per records – 40% patients say that they haven’t taken any dental advice till now and 60% claim that they do not regularly brush their teeth. Surprising as it may sound but only 16% patients brush their teeth regularly and that too twice. Such an erratic way of maintaining basic hygiene will for obvious reason result in tooth loss.

There is also a deep connection between diabetes and tooth loss. The reason is that when a person is suffering from diabetes the resistance power to fight the bacteria is hampered resulting in the growth of bacteria and hence contributing to gum disease. If you have High Blood Pressure you will have dry mouth and many other mouth disease. It is imperative to have a healthy mouth because if the infection is increased it will be all the more difficult to control diabetes and blood sugar.

So the take away –

  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Don’t and I mean don’t SMOKE.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
  • Keep a check on your diabetes and blood pressure.

It is good to see smiling faces everywhere, why to spoil these smiling faces when there are simple methods to enhance them even more. Keep Smiling 🙂

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