Are you looking after your pearly whites?

3rd April 2017 by cdic-login

Research published in ‘Periodontology 2000’ found that the number of teeth we lose can be an indicator of our quality and length of life. Those people with a full set of teeth at 74 are significantly more likely to reach 100 years old according to the research.

There are many factors that contribute to tooth loss, and we look at a few of these factors below.

Tooth Loss from Disease

A build-up of plaque can cause tooth decay and can lead to periodontal disease. This disease irritates and inflames the gums and wears down tissues such as ligaments and bones. As these ligaments and bones become loose, so do the teeth they are holding in place, and teeth can fall out. Poor oral hygiene and a lack of seeing your dentist are major factors in the cause of periodontal disease. Other factors include smoking, bad diet, diabetes, hypertension and arthritis.

Tooth Loss from Trauma

Trauma to the teeth can occur in many guises; it could be a sporting injury or simply biting down on an ice cube or chewing a toffee. Your teeth should never be used for things like removing bottle tops or lids, cracking ice cubes or nut shells, chewing on pens and pencils, holding clothes hangers, tearing off tags or loosening knots.

Tooth Loss from Clenching and Grinding

This little habit can really wear down your teeth, causing unnecessary stress and potential tooth loss if clenching or grinding occurs over long periods. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, your dentist can make you a bite guard to even out the stresses on your teeth. Relaxation techniques can help you control jaw clenching during the waking hours.

Tooth Loss from eating a Poor Diet

If you eat a lot of sugar in your diet, the sugar feeds the teeth’s bacteria that produces acids and enzymes. This acid attacks the teeth enamel and dentine of the teeth, causing holes or cavities to form. The tooth decay can lead to tooth abscesses, which may result in the tooth having to be removed.

Tooth Loss from Smoking

Smoking affects the blood supply that flows into your gums, and this increases the incidence and severity of periodontal disease. The response to dental treatments of smokers is unpredictable, and if a person quits smoking, they will reduce their chances of both periodontal and heart disease.

Tooth Loss during Pregnancy

A change in the hormonal balance in pregnancy can affect a woman’s response to disease. Therefore, it is even more important to have regular check-ups when you are pregnant.