This is a short story on tooth loss. It’ll help you obtain some dental expertise and understand the ways by which your teeth grow weak.
First, researchers have grouped everything together and put together a list of factors that put you most at risk of losing your teeth. Those that are out of our control include being over 35, being male, having rheumatoid arthritis, and having front teeth at greater risk for gum disease than back teeth. Here are the big three factors you can actively control: smoking; rarely using a toothbrush; and rarely getting professional dental care. Two health conditions also contribute to your risk, both of which you can take action to prevent: diabetes and high blood pressure.
Many of these risk factors for tooth loss can also cause gum disease, which in turn can destroy your teeth. Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection that takes aim at both the gums and those supporting bones and tissues. Its main symptoms: inflamed gums that are red, bleeding; deep crevices forming between tooth and gum; loose teeth; tender gums; pus forming between teeth and gums; constant bad breath/taste.
The biggest way to avoid gum disease and tooth loss is to keep good oral hygiene. This includes flossing, using mouthwash that has thyme as an ingredient, and seeing a dentist regularly. Also, don’t smoke and try to avoid clenching or grinding teeth.
In the spirit of natural medicine, here are some great natural alternatives that can slice your risk of gum disease and tooth loss (or help clear it):
— Folic acid: Use a mouthwash that is high in this B vitamin. Ask your pharmacist where you can find about a 0.1% solution of folic acid. Rinse it around your mouth twice a day, using about 5 ml at a time. Rinse for at least a minute and repeat at least one month.
— Zinc: A toothpaste or mouthwash that has zinc content may have similar effects to folic acid.
— Vitamin C: Research shows that people who have low levels of this vitamin are more prone to develop gum disease. Make sure you get plenty of citrus fruits and vegetables every week.
— OPCs: “Oligomeric proanthocyanidins” act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. When found in chewing gum, OPC can greatly improve gum health and reduce plaque.
— Xylitol: This natural sugar could prevent cavities when it’s used in gum, toothpaste, and even candy. Experts believe this effect could also flow to preventing gum disease as well.