Preventing Tooth Loss For People on The Go
Many of the patients coming into our office are experiencing missing teeth. Some are missing teeth as the result of some type of trauma but by far, the majority are from decay or gum disease that has progressed too far.
When you develop missing teeth, other serious conditions begin to develop such as bone loss. When you begin to lose your bone in the arch, the teeth you have left begin to become loose as well and can even start moving around.
A Leading Cause of Tooth Loss
As we mentioned, tooth loss is mostly the result of decay or gum disease, but what leads to this decay and gum disease?
One culprit is most definitely our diets.
We have heard for years about the effects of sugar overall on our bodies but really is a problem for our teeth. Combine this with harmful acidic foods and drinks we consume and you have a recipe for decay and disease.
The Phenomena of Energy Drinks
If you walk into any grocery or convenience store, you are going to see wall to wall energy drinks of all types. It is really amazing to see all the different types and flavors that companies have come up with.
They are intended to help us push a little harder and go a little longer in order for us to get things done.
However, research is showing that many of these energy drinks are having a negative effect on consumer health.
Some people who consume high volumes of energy drinks are experiencing problems and failure of vital organs such as the liver and kidneys.
One place they are causing the most damage is in your mouth.
The high amounts of sugar and acid in the energy drinks are wearing down your tooth’s enamel. If you only brush once to twice a day and you are consuming several energy drinks per day, you may not be able to keep up with preventing the damage they are doing to your teeth and oral health.
We know this may not be something you want to hear, but the facts are that replacing your teeth is more costly than the energy drinks you are buying if left unchecked.
What’s the Solution?
Drink more water.
We know … water doesn’t have the taste and the boost of energy that the energy drinks have, but it will ultimately save you money in the dental chair.
Also, avoid the sugary snacks. If you just have to have something, then make sure you at least have some type of mouth rinse available to use right after and then brush and floss well as soon as you can.
What To Do If You Are On The Go
If you are a person that travels or you are on the go all day, then you may find it difficult to stop and rinse or brush. Here is a couple of things you can do:
Keep a couple of the small flossing and toothpick type tools with you. You can generally buy these at the store in large packages for little of nothing and you can at least get between your teeth really quick.
Keep a few of the disposable toothbrushes with you. Several companies make these small disposable toothbrushes that have a little toothpaste built right in. They are quick and easy to use and you just throw them away when you are done.
Keep a small bottle of mouthwash with you in your purse, pocket or car. A quick rinse in between brushings can help prevent or slow down any damage to your teeth.
Let’s face it, a lot of disease, decay and inflammation can be prevented if we just watch what we eat and drink.
We know it’s hard because we live in a quick energy society and we feel we have to do somethings just to keep moving forward, but it is really not worth it when it comes to our health.
If you have missing teeth, we can help. There are several solutions to the problem with dental implants being the best.
Call a Corona Dentist today for a consultation if you need assistance with missing teeth and let’s talk about some solutions that can help you.