Did you know that tooth loss is not inevitable, even as you grow older? Given how often it occurs, it’s understandable that many people consider missing teeth a part of aging. However, your teeth can, and should, remain strong and healthy for life with the right care and attention, and consistently healthy diet of essential minerals and nutrients. You can also avoid tooth loss by maintaining a schedule a regular checkups and cleanings, which will allow us to spot and treat dental trouble early.
Improve Your Hygiene
The leading causes of tooth loss are dental diseases—particularly, gum disease—that develop when bacteria and plaque remain on your teeth for too long. By not brushing and flossing your teeth often enough, you can allow plaque enough time to turn into tartar, increasing your risks of gum disease and tooth loss.
Food doesn’t have to be especially hard to damage your teeth. In fact, any food that contains sugar, starches, or other fermentable carbohydrates can be converted into tooth-attacking acids by the bacteria found in dental plaque. However, to stay strong, your teeth need a consistent diet of calcium, phosphate, and other minerals that your teeth need, found abundantly in dairy products and most vegetables.
Pay Attention to Your Teeth
Your teeth are so active (they are the most-used parts of your body) that you might not always be conscious of what they’re doing. If you habitually grind your teeth, use them to open bottles, or chew on pens and pencils often, then you may be slowly but surely wearing down your teeth’s defenses.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
As well as you take care of your teeth at home, their good health and strength rely on regular care and maintenance at your dentist’s office. Generally, you should attend a dental checkup and cleaning at least twice every year. But, if an issue is detected, then you should not hesitate to schedule an appropriate treatment, or you may risk losing one or more teeth.
Learn More About Keeping Your Teeth Healthy
Partner with your dentist to keep your teeth strong and healthy for life! To learn more, make an appointment by calling Dr. Steven Huffstutler in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-577-1444.