25Sep

Preventing Tooth Loss In Medford

by Dr. Vareldzis

Hello and welcome to another September installment of the Hillcrest Family Dentistry blog!

It is no secret that our own Dr. Vareldzis is the go-to dentist for dental implants and other restorative dentistry solutions in the Medford, Oregon area.

Even so, we only want the best for you at every stage of life. That’s why we’d rather help you hold onto your original teeth if at all possible.

As such, today, we’ve decided to take look at some of the contributing factors behind tooth loss in adulthood.

Read on to learn more about it, and then be sure to get in touch with our team to schedule your next appointment.

Gum Disease

What starts out as an irritating infection known as gingivitis, ends up as full-blown periodontal disease. This condition is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. It is easily preventable and treatable if caught early enough. That’s why you won’t want to stay away from the dentist’s office for long.

Advanced Age

As we grow older our bodies evolve, and many unanticipated health issues can arise.

In regards to tooth loss the odds are not in your favor once you pass 30. So, be careful!

Gender Roles

Sorry guys. It’s been shown that men tend to lose a lot more teeth than women. So, especially if you are 35 or older, you will need to be mindful of the way you treat your teeth and gums.

Hygiene Habits

To optimize your oral health, you will have to do your part at home every day of your life. There is a lot at stake. If you don’t keep your teeth free of plaque bacteria you’re far more likely to end up with cavities and the aforementioned periodontal disease that will lead to tooth loss.

So, brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash regularly! And try to locate a good source of fluoride!

Preventive Dental Care

We really can make a difference in your life. Get this: only about 13 percent of adults with tooth loss reported having a dental appointment within the prior six months.

Scheduling a trip to Hillcrest Family Dentistry twice a year is a relatively small investment of time that could save your smile along with your life. Remember, we can screen for cancer and other bad things every time you come in for a cleaning and oral exam. Plus, we have all the modern tools, training, and technology to get you back on track fast should anything ever go awry. We have stuff you won’t find in your medicine cabinet!

Tobacco

If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, try to quit. The health department can help you find the resources to do so. Why does it matter to us? Tobacco smoke is a major risk factor for gum disease as well as tooth loss. This is due to the fact that it changes the bacterial balance of your mouth. The sad fact is that if you’re a lifelong smoker it’s pretty much a sure bet that you’ll eventually need to have Dr. Vareldzis replace some teeth for you.

Diabetes/Sugar

Here we go dragging sugar through the mud (so to speak) again. We’re sorry, but sugar plays a role in several ways. Sugar actually feeds the dangerous bacteria that causes decay in your teeth. Interestingly, we have also found that patients with diabetes are at extreme risk for gum disease (which as you now know is the leading cause of tooth loss in this country).

High Blood Pressure

You need to take a holistic approach to your health. Everything is related. Gum disease and high-blood pressure are correlated but it seems to work in both directions.

Let Us Help You Prevent Tooth Loss!

Ready to schedule your next preventive appointment or restorative consultation with Dr. Vareldzis? Great! Contact us now to make it happen!