If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may feel ashamed or embarrassed about your tooth loss. However, the loss is more common than most people realize. In fact, according to the CDC, 2.2% of adults 20 to 64 years old have no remaining teeth. This issue is so common, in part, due to mistakes that people make with their oral health. Read along as we explain some of these simple mistakes people make and how you can avoid them.
1. Not Flossing Their Teeth
You should be flossing your teeth every single day. Unfortunately, this is not something that most people do. A recent study has shown that 20% of people, or one in five people, floss their teeth less than once a month. You can greatly increase your chances of developing gingivitis, or gum disease, by failing to floss your teeth nightly. Gum disease is one of the most common reasons why tooth loss happens in middle-aged adults.
2. Not Brushing Their Teeth After Consuming Sweets
We all love to consume sweets. This may include a sugary soda or gummy candies. While you may not have a toothbrush with you at all times, you should brush your teeth within a reasonable amount of time after consuming sweets. If you cannot brush your teeth, chew sugar-free gum, drink water, or use mouthwash. Whatever you do, do not go to sleep with sugary foods on your teeth. This can lead to cavities. Cavities that are untreated can lead to tooth loss.
3. Ignoring Bleeding Gums
The final common mistake people make with their oral health is ignoring bleeding gums. Bleeding gums aren’t normal and can be the earliest and most noticeable sign of gum disease. If your gums are bleeding, always bring this up to your dentist during your routine dental appointments.
Tooth loss isn’t something that happens overnight. It takes months or even years of neglect. If you’re neglecting your basic dental health or making some of the common mistakes listed above, you are increasing the likelihood that you may suffer the loss of one or more of your teeth in the near future. If you’ve already lost a tooth, our office can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.