Keep Your Teeth

Written by Christa Gatewood
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No one looks forward to losing their teeth, but it is not looking forward that causes most tooth loss. People don't pay enough attention to how they are treating their teeth in the present, and how that affects how their teeth will treat them in the future. Preventative care is the only way to keep your teeth for a lifetime.

Reasons for Tooth Loss

Teeth are lost for two main reasons. The first is gum disease. Advanced gum disease can lead to bone loss and eventually tooth loss. Proper oral care, however, can prevent this almost entirely. The second reason for tooth loss is tooth decay. If cavities are allowed to progress too far without filling, the decay can get to the root. In extreme cases the tooth may have to be pulled. In addition to proper oral care, tooth decay can be prevented with a proper diet.

It's no secret that eating sugary foods leads to tooth decay. How many times did we all hear that during childhood. “Don't eat candy, it'll rot your teeth.” Well, the same goes for adult teeth. Good eating habits will not only improve the health of your body, it will improve the health of your teeth and gums as well.

Studies show that those who eat sugary foods frequently have a higher incidence of tooth decay than those who do not. The quantity of sugary foods eaten is not so much a factor as how often they are eaten. Refined sugars have also been shown to be more harmful than sugars that are found naturally in foods like fruit, vegetables and dairy. Therefore, it is a good idea to snack on foods like these rather than on more processed foods that contain refined sugar.

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