Fact or fiction? Can teeth last a lifetime

Fact or fiction? Can teeth last a lifetime

Posted on Apr 12, 2015

Why is it that when we think of our grandmothers or grandfathers, we always think of how they had no teeth? Eek!

For some reason, we all believe that we’re destined to lose our teeth once we get to a certain age. Here’s a fact for you to mull over:

  • Tooth loss is simply the result of an oral disease and not the aging process.

In other words, there’s no reason we can’t all keep our teeth for our whole lifetime if we were more careful with our pearly whites.

Dr Koz and the team at NovaDental has put together 6 easy ways to make sure you keep your teeth for life!

#1 – Visit your dentist regularly: This is a no-brainer and simply helps to identify any issues you may have as early as possible.

#2 – Think of those little munchkins: When it comes to dental hygiene and keeping teeth healthy, the earlier a dentist starts looking at your child’s teeth, the better. Kids should begin seeing a dentist after turning 1.

#3 – Floss, floss, floss! You’d be surprised by how so many people are too lazy to spare mere minutes each day to floss their teeth. Ask your dentist about how you should be flossing (yes, like brushing, you could be doing more harm with your flossing technique) and it’ll go a long way to sparing your teeth in the longer term.

#4 – If you’re a smoker, quit! You’ll hear this advice from everyone in the medical field but basically, when it comes to your teeth, the nicotine and tar in cigarettes eats away at your gums while turning your teeth yellow. Of course, we haven’t even talked about oral cancer here or the fact smoking creates the perfect environment for bacteria and plaque on your teeth and gum line. Yep, smoking is just bad news!

#5 – Drink a lot of water: If you like your sweet treats (and who doesn’t?) and even healthier drinks such as milk, make sure you drink water to cleanse your teeth straight after eating or drinking these foods/drink. It’ll make all the difference.

#6 – Stress less: Did you know gum disease could be worsened by stress? It makes sense when you think about it. When you’re under the pump, you’re less likely to do the small things that matter such as flossing, brushing properly etc. Research has even shown that cortisol, the stress hormone, can aggravate symptoms associated with gum disease.

Can you keep your teeth for life?

You sure can! Follow the advice you’ve just read and chat more to your NovaDental dentist and experts for even more guidance.