A lot of people mistakenly assume that losing teeth is just part of growing old. Hair loss, wrinkles, joint pain—tooth loss is just part of the package, right? That doesn’t have to be the case! With proper oral care, there’s no unavoidable curse that means you have to lose your teeth as you age. If you want to deviate from a dentured destiny, here are three absolute musts.
The importance of flossing cannot be overstated. The leading cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease, and when it comes to stopping gum disease, flossing is the single most important thing you can do, even more important than brushing. Brushing your teeth is great for preventing tooth decay above the gumline, but it doesn’t do much for getting rid of bacteria in between teeth and below the gumline. You can have beautiful, white teeth with no cavities and still end up losing your teeth if you’re not paying attention to what’s going on with your gums.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
Easier said than done, right? For many people, it’s very easy to get out of the habit of going to the dentist twice a year. And then by the time you realize you haven’t been to the dentist in forever, it’s so easy to keep putting off making a call to schedule an appointment. Well, if you wanna keep your teeth, it’s very important to visit the dentist regularly. Even if you think you’re doing a great job with your at-home dental hygiene, problems can creep in. Dentists like Robert A. Sue, DDS, will help make sure your overall oral health is superb and that you don’t have lurking problems developing in your mouth that will cause problems years down the road.
Avoid Diabetes (or Manage It Well)
Because people with diabetes are more prone to gum disease, it’s important to eat a healthy diet and hopefully avoid diabetes altogether or carefully manage your diabetes if you have it. Diabetes has been linked to increased tooth loss in a very substantial way, so it’s important to take this into consideration if you want to have your teeth throughout your life.