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Tooth loss is a leading cause of advanced dental problems. If you want to keep a healthy mouth, read on to learn all about tooth loss and how you can prevent it.

Loss of teeth is a major global problem. Research from the World Health Organization suggests that, globally, about 30 percent of people aged 65 to 74 have no remaining original teeth. Approximately 13 percent of smokers have no teeth at all, and around 5 percent of those who have never smoked at all are entirely toothless. Those living in conditions below the poverty line have the highest rates of major gum disease.

Compared to men, women are at a lower risk for gum disease, one of the major causes of tooth loss. Additionally, both women and men at higher ages have greater risks of developing gum disease, which may spur loss of teeth as well as other dental diseases.

The risk factors for tooth loss are common and widespread. Risk factors may include dry mouth, poor dental hygiene, old age, poor diet, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), less than regular dental cleanings, tobacco usage, certain genes, and others. Please contact Dr. Bryan and Dr. Davis or a member of our staff to discuss your risk factors if you think you may be at risk for tooth loss.

The number one way to decrease your risk of tooth loss is to keep strong dental hygiene habits. You should always brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste, floss, and rinse with mouthwash every day. And don’t forget to visit us often for deeper cleanings and checkups! Lastly, you can reduce your risk for gum disease and tooth loss by avoiding tobacco and limiting your alcohol consumption.

Seeing your dentist regularly is an important part of tooth loss prevention. Schedule an appointment with our Medford, Oregon, office, Northwest Dental Associates, by calling 541-779-3993 now. We’ll see you soon!