Caring for our teeth should be a priority in our lives, but many of us do lose our pearly whites as we get older. Dental treatment is available to fill the gaps – find out more here – but it’s still worth knowing why tooth loss occurs, and what can be done to reduce the problem.
In this article, we will look at the reasons behind tooth loss and will give you a few tips to help you keep your perfect smile for longer.
Tooth Loss #1: Playing rough sports
Tooth loss is unlikely if you play sports such as badminton, but if you regularly partake in such sports as cricket, rugby, ice hockey, or boxing, then the chance of something colliding with your face is high (when it comes to boxing, there is 100% of a chance). When playing any such sport, you should do what the professionals do and wear a mouthguard. If you do lose a tooth this way, all hope isn’t lost, as your dentist may be able to put it back in. But still, taking precautions should always be your priority.
Tooth Loss #2: The food you eat
You don’t need us to tell you this, as you probably expected a mention of food when you opened this article. Still, a reminder is always a good thing, especially if you are regularly eating those foods that cause tooth decay, and subsequently weaken your teeth. The foods to watch out for are those that increase the levels of acid in your mouth, as it is this that damages your teeth. Sugary items are a no-brainer, but certain types of fruit also contain high levels of acid, such as lemons or apples. Then there are those hard foods that can cause brittle teeth to snap, such as toffee, nuts, and uncooked carrots. To protect your teeth, brush and floss your teeth regularly, avoid eating too many acidic foods, and if you know you have weak teeth, avoid hard food that is going to cause a nasty crunch!
Tooth loss #3: Grinding your teeth
We often grind our teeth subconsciously, often as a result of stress and anxiety. It can also happen as we sleep. Those people who have crooked teeth are also prone to grinding due to the uneven bite in their mouths. Occasional grinding isn’t problematic, but when it happens regularly, it is possible to wear away your teeth and cause strain on the surrounding bone tissue and gums. Your dentist can give you a mouth guard as a preventative measure, useful for when you sleep, but there are other things you can do to stop the problem, such as finding ways to reduce your anxiety and training yourself to relax your jaw muscles.
Take the relevant steps to protect your teeth. Follow oral hygiene rules, protect your teeth when playing sports, and regularly visit your dentist as a preventative measure. The more you can do now to care for your pearly whites, the longer you will be able to keep them.