You’ll Definitely Lose Your Teeth if You Don’t…

Want to lose your teeth as you age? It’s really easy: just follow the simple steps below and you’ll have a gapped-tooth smile, just like a 7-year-old (only you’ll be 45 or even younger).

Don’t brush your teeth or floss. Or brush/floss them once or twice a week.

That’s pretty much it. That’s all you need to do. We can guarantee that you’ll eventually lose one or more teeth!

This is what will happen first: you’ll get gingivitis, a condition that results in inflammation and then bleeding of your gums. Left untreated (and all it takes to “treat” gingivitis is to brush twice a day), you’ll form gum pockets around your teeth. Decaying food particles will drop into those pockets and will breed bacteria.  A lot of bacteria. This results in plaque growth around and in the pockets, on the teeth and around your gum line, which leads to cavities, discolored teeth, swollen gums, bone loss, bad breath, and abscesses. Oh, and the bad breath? It’s really bad. Mouthwash won’t cover it.

Continue to not brush/floss your teeth regularly and the next thing you can look forward to is periodontitis disease (Gingivitis actually is a mild form of this disease). In the beginning you may just have an achy tooth, bleeding gums, or a lot of cavities. But periodontitis soon enough can mean loose teeth and then tooth loss. Your teeth could become so painful that you’ll be on your knees begging your dentist to pull them out!

But wait, there’s more: unless you regularly brush your teeth, over time bacteria in your mouth can move on to other parts of your body, causing all sorts of nasty conditions and diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, even stroke.

But all this can be avoided if you simply brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.

Another thing you can do to help you lose those teeth: don’t visit your dentist at least twice a year or when you teeth/mouth hurts.

Brushing and flossing only go so far. Your dentist will be able to remove built up plaque so that gingivitis is held at bay. In fact, even if you brush and floss religiously, you can still see tooth decay, cavities, tooth loss, etc. The dentist can remove plaque that brushing/flossing just can’t.

In addition, too many people put off visiting the dentist until they’re in pain. Or they ignore the pain until it’s excruciating. Doing either is extremely unwise for the simple reason that what once was a relatively easy problem or condition to fix now more than likely has become something that will take a lot of money and procedures to stabilize. And you may lose one or more teeth, as well, depending on far along your periodontal disease has progressed, or the severity of your condition.

So do the very simple tasks that can prevent all of this woe: brush your teeth twice a day. Floss at least once a day. And visit your Plano dentist at least twice a year for teeth cleaning.

Contact Dr. Darren Dickson’s office by phone to schedule a checkup or send us an e-mail message at [email protected].

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