How to prevent tooth loss
Although edentulism or lack of teeth has declined in Spain, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that 25% of the population over 65 years of age have a significant lack of teeth.
What is periodontal disease
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The chances of getting it increase with age and good hygiene and maintenance of the health of the gums can help the conservation of the teeth. Other aspects of aging such as wrinkles can not be avoided, but periodontal disease can often be prevented.
Causes of Periodontal Disease
Diseases that accompany aging such as diabetes , rheumatoid arthritis or heart disease are often risk factors for ending up suffering from periodontal disease. Other factors such as being under treatment of certain medications, memory loss, decreased secretion of saliva and functional alterations may be other causes of risk.
How to Prevent Periodontal Disease
It is important that every patient keep their dentist informed about any changes in their teeth or gums. The goal is to keep oral care under control before these changes can lead to larger and more advanced problems in the mouth.
Daily oral hygiene is recommended including brushing, flossing and regular dental visits to avoid gum disease. If periodontal disease develops, a consultation with a specialized dentistry professional, such as a periodontist, can lead to effective treatment. A periodontist is a dentist with several years of additional training specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease.