5 Key Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Adult Tooth Loss

Jul 12, 2023
5 Key Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Adult Tooth Loss
Learn five essential strategies you can use to lower your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other complications that lead to adult tooth loss.

Losing baby teeth is a celebrated event throughout childhood, as kids await the gifts of the tooth fairy. As an adult, tooth loss is an entirely different matter.

At DDS Concierge, our dental experts specialize in great-looking smiles. Experienced dentist Edward Delshad, DDS, offers a range of services to protect the health of your teeth and gums, so you can lower your risk of tooth loss and other complications.

We put together a few tips to help you hang on to your natural teeth and keep them white, bright, and healthy.

5 key ways to protect adult teeth

Adult tooth loss can affect not only the quality of your smile, but also the long-term health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone.

Here are five ways you can proactively protect the health and function of your teeth:

1.Brush and floss consistently

Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste is an effective way to remove food particles and bacteria that cause tooth decay.

You should also floss between your teeth to reach areas that your toothbrush can’t.

2. Book routine cleanings

Professional dental cleanings at our office can remove more bacteria and other debris than you can when brushing at home. Our team can also eliminate food trapped under your gumline to reduce your risk of periodontal (gum) disease.

Schedule a professional cleaning every six months to protect your oral health. These visits also help us identify early warning signs of tooth decay and other issues to reduce your risk of tooth loss.

3. Ditch bad habits

Some bad habits can directly impact your oral health. These include tobacco use, nail biting, and eating junk food. These habits can prematurely wear down the protective enamel of your teeth, which can lead to progressive tooth decay.

Be mindful of any habits you have that can cause tooth damage or decay, and take steps to make healthier choices. Many free resources are available to help you quit smoking and improve your nutrition.

4. Proactively protect your teeth

If you play sports or engage in other activities that could lead to mouth trauma, invest in a quality mouthguard. A durable guard can protect your teeth from chips and cracks that lead to premature tooth loss.

A night guard is also a good idea if you clench or grind your teeth at night. Our providers can discuss your options for custom guards if you need one.

5. Manage existing health conditions

Your risk for adult tooth loss may be significantly higher if you have chronic diseases like asthma, heart disease, or diabetes.

Follow the guidance of your family physician or specialist to ensure your health issues are under control. Our dental experts can also recommend strategies you can use to protect your oral health from complications that a chronic disease can cause.

Call or book an appointment online today at one of DDS Concierge’s offices — in Santa Monica or Arleta, California — to schedule an oral health evaluation.