Are you at risk for tooth loss?

Are you at risk for tooth loss?

Missing a tooth?  Your quality of life could be affected due to a decreased ability to chew, limiting your food options, and potentially leading to poor nutrition.  No one wants to lose their teeth. Not only does a mouth with missing teeth look unattractive, but there are also other consequences of not having all your teeth.

Make note of the following risk factors for losing teeth:

  • Bad oral hygiene can lead to tooth loss due to plaque building up on your teeth. Plaque can cause cavities and periodontal disease.
  • As a preventative measure, make sure you see your dentist every six months for a check up and cleaning.
  • Get any decayed teeth filled right away. Not doing so can result in problems, including teeth loss.
  • If you have poor nutrition, you likely aren’t consuming all necessary nutrients for your health, which can lead to infection. Not getting enough calcium has been known to result in an increased risk of losing teeth. A diet high in acids, carbohydrates, and sugar can also cause damage to your teeth.
  • Grinding your teeth can cause your teeth to chip or become worn down. If your teeth loses supporting bone, they can fall out.
  • Drinking and smoking can lead to an increased risk of losing your teeth, as you increase your risk of gum disease.
  • Males tend to have a greater risk of losing their teeth.
  • Those over 35 years of age also have a greater risk of tooth loss.
  • Certain conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, can lead to an increased risk of tooth loss.

If any of the above risk factors for losing teeth relate to you, be proactive and make sure to schedule an appointment with Padden Dental today!

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About Eric Dahlen

Eric Dahlen, DMD Padden Dental

Dr. Eric Dahlen is your local family dentist and enjoys making same day crowns in Vancouver, WA. Need a new smile? Are you suffering due to poorly shaped or damaged teeth? Dr. Eric has a special interest in endodontics. “I like endodontics because it is usually associated with a patient in pain. I like to get people out of pain and by doing so, their fear of dentistry reduces."

Give me a call today to schedule a consultation in our Padden Dental office by calling (360) 213-1999.

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