Dental implants are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth. However ideally we would prevent ever reaching the point that requires restorative treatments. Here are some quick ways that you can use to look after your teeth but more specifically keep them for as long as possible.
9 Easy Method to Avoid Tooth Loss
1. Protect yourself from gum disease.
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the UK and is caused by excessive plaque build-up. There are several external factors that can act in such a way that weakens the defences of your teeth. These include:
- A poorly balanced diet
There are a few some simple lifestyle changes that you can make to help reduce the risk of gum disease. You should practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. You should also aim to cut out bad habits such as smoking and a poor diet. These factors combined will put you in a good position in the battle against plaque build up.
2. Visit the dentist regularly.
Although your local dentist may be great at fixing tooth loss with procedures such as dental implants, their job is not purely to correct issues with your teeth. Half of the job is to help prevent issues form cropping up in the future.There are many symptoms of gum disease that can be picked up on early if your dentist is given the opportunity to spot them. It is hard for the sufferer to spot gum disease due to the early symptoms not being very visible. In most cases, the sufferer will only realise they have an issue when it is too far down the line. Your local dentist will be trained to spot these hidden early symptoms of gum disease and so by visiting him or her at least every six months you give gum disease little chance to develop a hold on your life.
3.Cut down on sugar.
Sugar cause the bacteria on your teeth to produce acid which eventually leads to tooth decay. Whenever you eat, you are left with a small film of bacteria on your teeth, this is more commonly known as plaque. When sugar comes into contact with this film, the plaque begins to create acid. This acid will attack the teeth creating small holes in your tooth enamel. This can eventually lead to tooth decay (cavities) and tooth loss. It is important to note that if you have had restorative treatment in the past such as veneers or dental implants then these materials will be designed to stay strong against these acids. Although you should not ignore a high sugar diet as your other teeth will still be at risk!
4. Protect your teeth from trauma.
No matter how great your diet is or how well you take care of your oral hygiene you are still at risk of tooth loss. Although this time, it is due to the law of force. If you take a heavy blow to the face then tooth loss is very likely to occur. Of course, you can take preventative methods against this. Although it may not prevent you losing a tooth, it will surely minimise the chances! When taking part in any contact sports you should consider wearing a mouth guard. This can be bought from sports shops or can be professionally moulded by your local dentist. There is also the case of thinking before you chew. Hard sweets, pencils and bottle tops are just a few of the things that you should not be chewing if you want to keep your teeth in the long term. It is also wise to avoid chewing ice cubes. The cold temperature causes your teeth to rapidly change form the warm temperature of your mouth. This coupled with the hard surface you are biting into elevate the chance of you cracking a tooth!
5. Rinse or chew gum after eating.
We have already discussed the importance of brushing and flossing in removing the layer of plaque that builds up on your teeth. As a secondary barrier to the bacteria attack, you can either chew sugar-free gum or rinse out your mouth after eating meals. Rinsing out your mouth will help to dislodge any food that is stuck in your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum works very well by increasing the development of saliva in the mouth. The saliva contains enzymes that will brake down and wash away bacteria. This neutralises the acids in your mouth.
6. Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue.
An interesting fact that may surprise you is that around half of the bacteria in your mouth is found on the tongue. You simply cannot ignore this. The best way to remove this excess bacteria is to buy a tongue scraper (you may even have one on the other side of your tooth brush!). You can use the scraper to brush off this bacteria and remove as much of the badness form your mouth as possible.
7. Take note of your diet.
One of the biggest challenges people face is to be aware of their diet. The health of your teeth gives a solid reflection of the health of your body overall. If you can work to create yourself a healthy and balanced diet then you have the best chance possible to keep your teeth in good health too. A good start would be to keep sugar intake to a minimum and to eat more calcium rich foods.
8. Don't smoke.
According to UK studies, if you smoke you are twice as likely to experience tooth loss compared to non-smokers. Although it may be difficult to quit smoking, this should give you some incentive. For further help on help with giving up smoking visit this help site.
9. Find and eliminate teeth grinding.
Teeth grinding or 'Bruxism' is much more common than people may realise. It's causes are many and can range from anxiety and stress to a lack of sleep. When you grind your teeth the jaw muscles can use immense pressure. Over time this can damage the hard enamel on the surface of your teeth and can eventually cause cracks to form which, you guessed it, can lead to tooth loss. Regular visits to your local dentist will allow them the chance to post the signs of this early. They will then be able to offer your preventative measures. This may include a dental splint such as the SCi appliance offered here at Bamboo Dental. If you are suffering from teeth grinding then you are also at risk from damaging any restorative treatments you may have had. Excessive pressure on veneers or dental implants can cause chips and cracks if your are not careful.
What if it's too late? Dental Implants.
If you have already suffered tooth loss, whether it be your fault or not, you will most likely be looking for a solution. One of the most popular and long-lasting ways to fix tooth loss is with the use of dental implants. Dental implants can provide you with a brand new tooth that feels and acts just like a real tooth. this is secured tightly into your gum will restore you teeth function and appearance back to their best.