Have you lost one or more teeth? For most kids losing a tooth is normal. Historically, kids who lose teeth will throw their teeth onto their roof, or even under it (the idea is the new tooth will emerge from the old tooth). They sometimes yell out a wish that the missing tooth be replaced.
Beyond all the myths and fairy tales, you will find family, friends, and colleagues etc, who have lost three or five teeth or even more! While losing milk teeth for kids is normal, losing your permanent teeth is not.
Losing a tooth as an adult can be an incredibly stressful experience. The risk of losing a tooth tends to increase as you age. But ageing and tooth loss don’t necessarily have to go hand in hand. In fact, it is usually other factors that contribute more to adult tooth loss than ageing alone. There are many ways your tooth can fall out – from decay in the root to an accidental injury in sports. Even losing your teeth as you grow old is no more considered inevitable.
Tooth loss itself also comes with its own problems. For most people, the quality of life is reduced because of decreased chewing ability which limits your food choices. It can even create problems with their ability to communicate and can lower self esteem. It also leads to a sagging appearance of the face too.
Dentists note that causes of tooth loss range from poor dental care to illness, lifestyle choices, or injury to your teeth. Avoiding tooth loss may be partly within your control, dentists say. You can prevent tooth loss by doing the followings:
Brush and floss daily: Brushing and flossing removes acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities, erode enamel, and are a catalyst for gum disease or tooth loss.
Don’t Smoke: The link between smoking and tooth loss might have been stronger if more information had been available on the patients’ smoking habits and history, the researchers note. About three out of 10 patients were smokers or ex-smokers.
Good nutrition: Dentists say certain nutrients in your diet can decrease your mouth’s resistance to infection. Calcium is responsible for mineral density of bone supporting the teeth. Decreased calcium intake affect tooth retention and has been associated with increased risk of tooth loss. Additionally, diets rich in sugar, carbohydrates and acids damage your teeth and gums.
Keeping good oral hygiene: Bad oral hygiene accumulates plaque on your teeth surface that causes cavities. It could also cause periodontal diseases that destroy the supporting tissues such as bones and ligaments. This finally leads to tooth loss.
Visit your dentist regularly: Skipping dental check-ups may cause early signs of tooth loss to go unnoticed. Early detection allows dental problems to be treated or corrected before tooth loss occurs.
If you don’t want a gap in between your pearly white teeth, it is very evident that what is going on in your mouth can really be a useful window to your overall health. It is therefore vital that you take proper care of your mouth and pay close attention to what is happening as it could be a sign of something more serious.