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There’s a lot you should know about tooth loss if you want to avoid it. Find out about tooth loss risk factors, statistics, and prevention techniques below.

Tooth loss is a common global problem. According to the World Health Organization, globally, approximately 30 percent of people 65–74 have lost all their natural teeth. About 13 percent of current smokers are entirely without teeth, and 5 percent of people who have never smoked are completely without teeth. People living in poverty have the highest rates of major gum disease.

Relative to women, men are at higher risk for gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss. Men and women of advanced age are at a higher risk for gum disease, which can affect loss of teeth and other advanced dental problems.

There are many risk factors for tooth decay and tooth loss. Those risk factors include dry mouth, infrequent brushing and flossing of teeth, advanced age, frequent or excess intake of sugary foods or drinks, acid reflux, infrequent dental cleanings, smoking and tobacco use, genetics, and more. If you think you may be at risk for tooth loss, Dr. Jay W Hildreth and our team can review your risk factors during your next appointment.

The best way to prevent tooth loss is to maintain your oral health routine. This means you should be brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash daily. You should also visit your dentist regularly for deeper cleanings and checkups. To decrease your risk of developing gum disease and decaying teeth, avoid tobacco and limit alcohol intake.

If you’re ready for another teeth cleaning, please contact our St Marys, Kansas, practice, St. Marys Dental Center, at 785-437-2771 to schedule an appointment with us soon. We’re looking forward to seeing you!