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How to avoid edentulism

Posted on 7/4/2022 by Evan
How to avoid edentulismMost people have probably heard of tooth loss primarily affecting adults and seniors. The condition poses detrimental implications for one's social and health aspects. Edentulism is permanent, and when it begins, it cannot be stopped. We are going to discuss what it entails.


Edentulism is the loss of one's tooth or set of teeth. Partial edentulism refers to the loss of one or more teeth in the mouth. Some people may experience complete edentulism where all teeth in the mouth are lost. Our daily oral hygienic behavior ultimately determines whether or not we experience edentulism. Cavities and gum diseases are the main causes of tooth loss in adults. The bones and gums in the mouth are damaged by periodontal diseases implicating the structures that hold the teeth. Eventually, the teeth become loose, and extraction is required to eliminate them. Factors such as dry mouth, gum recession, old fillings, and plaque may lead to tooth loss among older adults.

Factors for Edentulism

Some other factors also increase the likelihood of tooth loss. For instance, smoking and vaping damage the gums increasing the chances of losing your teeth. Stress-relieving activities by some people, such as grinding and clenching teeth, go a long way in affecting teeth lifespan. Grinding for long periods wears out the outer part of the teeth, the enamel giving bacteria a conducive environment to infect the remaining soft tissue. Age and genetic factors ultimately affect the probability of experiencing tooth loss. Seniors over the age of 65 are more likely to have gum diseases and hence susceptible to loss of teeth. Certain conditions of the overall body health, such as diabetes and arthritis, may increase the chances of getting gum diseases as they indirectly affect dental health.

Offering care

Regular brushing and flossing teeth are the primary oral health measures preventing contracting edentulism. Please consult with our professionals on tooth checkups. Call us now and schedule an appointment.

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