Dental Hygiene

Risk Factors for Tooth Loss

Millions of people across Canada suffer from tooth loss. Losing teeth is not only an oral health concern but also a cause for financial stress as teeth replacement treatments can be expensive. This isn’t just physical and can affect one’s mental health and self-confidence as well.

Northland Village Dental Centre offers treatment for tooth loss. Over the years, we have observed a pattern of different factors that include certain lifestyle choices concerning dental hygiene that can lead to the loss of teeth.

Take a look at the risk factors for tooth loss:

  • Not brushing and flossing
    The routine performance of brushing and flossing is the first and most important step in maintaining dental hygiene. Neglecting this leads to several oral health complications, including gum disease leading to tooth loss.
  • Smoking and drinking excessively
    Tobacco and alcohol are corrosive to gums and teeth and are often the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. Smoking or drinking excessively can greatly increase the risk of tooth loss. Even former smokers run the risk of tooth loss because of residual damage.
  • Over the age of 35?
    Tooth loss is strongly associated with age because of decreased immunity and increased general health complications. Statistically, anyone older than 35 has a higher risk of suffering from tooth loss.
  • High blood pressure, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
    Diabetes decreases the body’s ability to resist infection and heal. High blood pressure causes stress in blood vessels. Rheumatoid arthritis affects bones. All of these medical conditions can negatively affect dental health, drastically increasing the risk of tooth loss.
  • Playing sports
    Trauma is a big contributor to tooth loss cases. Participating in contact sports like football, wrestling, ice hockey, basketball etc. increases the risk of injury to the teeth. Studies also indicate that front teeth are more at risk and contact sports can be said to be a major cause of that.

Tooth loss can be avoided by practicing good dental hygiene and regularly visiting the dentist. Northland Village Dental Centre offers affordable dental services in Calgary. We provide preventative, restorative, cosmetic and general dental services. Read our blog to learn more about why good dental hygiene is important.

Contact us today to book an appointment for a consultation about your tooth loss issues today!

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