Tooth loss can result from injury, certain health problems, and aging. However it occurs, it can leave you with a variety of issues that make your life more difficult. Tooth loss can be devastating to your health and keep you from smiling, laughing, and enjoying your daily life.

According to dental experts, periodontal disease (gum disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 35. Young adults and teenagers lose teeth primarily from injury, eating a lot of sugary foods, and drinking excessive soda. As you age, tooth loss becomes much more likely due to improper diet, lack of dental care, and certain health conditions. Common risk factors for periodontal disease include:

* Being male
* Lack of professional dental care
* Lack of proper brushing and flossing
* Unhealthy diet
* Smoking
* Diabetes
* High blood pressure
* Rheumatoid arthritis

In many cases of periodontal disease, swollen and/or bleeding gums can be a red flag. If your gums feel swollen or sore, and you notice bleeding when you brush and floss, you may have early signs of gum disease. When you brush your teeth, make sure to use a gentle, circular motion, rather than an up-and-down motion which can irritate your gums. Whether you prefer a manual toothbrush, electric toothbrush, or sonic toothbrush, choose one with a soft brush that has rounded ends. Medium or hard bristle toothbrushes can cause enamel damage and red swollen gums.

Keeping your teeth healthy is important to your overall health, as well as your appearance. If you lose a tooth, talk to your dentist about gum disease and the possibility of dental implants Arlington Heights Il. By identifying gum disease early, you can prevent related health problems and future complications of tooth loss. If you have any of the common risk factors shown above, work on a plan with your dentist and your doctor to prevent further tooth loss and damage to your teeth. Eating a healthy diet, good brushing and flossing habits, and professional, regular dental visits will go a long way in preventing periodontal disease and tooth loss.