Did you know that tooth loss is largely preventable? Given the fact that it affects a majority of adults to some degree by the age of 50, it’s understandable that many people believe it’s an inevitable part of aging. However, many patients in Oxnard, CA, continue to enjoy their complete, healthy, and natural smiles well into their adult years. The secret is maintaining a consistently good routine of hygiene and preventive dental care, which can help you avoid many of the most common causes of adult tooth loss.
Make your hygiene routine better
Tooth loss prevention requires a consistently healthy smile, and the foundation of that is an excellent daily hygiene routine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once, and never skip your time at the sink for any reason. Additional products such as anti-bacterial mouthwash can also improve your ability to combat harmful oral bacteria on a daily basis.
Pay attention to significant changes
As your brushing and flossing your teeth, make note of any changes to the appearance them or your gums. For example, a tooth with a dark-colored spot or an area of your gums that appear red and angry looking can indicate the development of chronic tooth decay or gum disease (respectively). If you do notice changes, then schedule a visit with your dentist to determine if you require personalized treatment to address the condition as soon as possible.
Replace any teeth that are already lost
If you’ve already lost one or more teeth, then your risks of losing more are even higher. Fortunately, you can lower that risk if you replace your lost teeth with one or more dental implants. The implant posts replace your lost teeth roots and the stimulation they provide, which is vital to keeping your jawbone healthy enough to continue supporting the rest of your teeth.
Give your teeth a chance to last for life
With proper care and maintenance at home and from your dentist, you can have an excellent chance at avoiding tooth loss and preserving your smile for life. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.