Monday, 9 January 2017
Tooth Loss in Adults is Not Normal
Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, is the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice in Middleton in the United Kingdom. He is concerned at the number of adults who believe that tooth loss is completely normal once they reach their adult years. He advises that the only time tooth loss is normal is when children's baby or milk teeth fall out to make way for their permanent teeth.
Once that permanent tooth comes through, it is for life and it's up to you to ensure you take care of your teeth and preserve them for as long as possible.
What causes tooth loss in adults?
TariqDrabu advises that the most common cause of tooth loss in adults is poor oral hygiene. By not taking care of your teeth by brushing them twice daily for two minutes each brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day, the tooth is prone to cavities and decay, which results in tooth loss as the tooth cannot be saved.
Tariq Drabu reminds patients that food particles get caught between the teeth and plaque builds up to become hard tartar, which is sticky and attracts and catches dangerous bacteria which eats away at the hard tooth enamel which covers the tooth. Enamel does not regenerate, which means once damaged, the only repair is with the help of a dental professional.
Another cause of tooth loss in adults is poor diet. Eating sugared foods and drinks, alcohol, coffee and smoking are all associated with poor oral health and decay.
Then there is the adults that avoid the dentist. He mentioned that routine dental appointments are so the dentist can check the mouth, gums and teeth looking for any potential problems and catching them early, which could save the tooth and save the patient money in the long run.
Finally, a rare cause of tooth loss in adults, which cannot be helped is an accident. Taking a blow to the mouth which results in the tooth falling out.
How to prevent tooth loss in adults
Tariq Drabu advises that there are three rules patients should be following to preserve their permanent teeth for as long as possible. The first is brushing twice daily, then flossing at least once a day, though twice a day is preferable and finally, do not avoid the dentist they are here to assist you in enjoying good oral health moving forward.