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Senior Health: How to Deal with Tooth Loss

Seniors have to take certain steps in their oral health routine so they can avoid tooth loss. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 27.27% of seniors over age 65 have no remaining teeth. Out of those that do have teeth, seniors over the age of 65 have an average of 18.90 out of 32 teeth remaining.

That’s why it’s important to maintain a healthy oral health care routine and hygiene plan to try to avoid tooth loss, especially if you are over the age of 65.

Causes for tooth loss

The main reason for tooth loss is neglected teeth, usually due to a poor oral hygiene routine. Poor oral care can lead to your tooth falling out due to:

  • Gum disease
  • Oral health concerns developing undetected
  • Wear and tear of dental work such as filings
  • A poor diet

Ways to avoid tooth loss

You may be able to prevent tooth loss in the future by maintaining a good oral care routine at home. Below are the different components that go into having a good and effective oral care routine that can keep your teeth healthy:

  • Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day
  • See your dentist every 6 months
  • Have a healthy diet
  • Visit your doctor regularly
  • Listen to your body so you can identify and treat any oral and overall health issues early

If you have any questions, feel free to visit a 123Dentist.com location near you. We hope to see you soon for your regular checkup and cleaning!