Dental Implants OR Prevention?

Most people are cognizant of the fact that if they lose one or more teeth they will most likely need implants or dentures.

Much emphasis is placed on this type of work in the dental office.

However, there does NOT seem to be much attempt at prevention.

The number one cause of tooth loss is gum disease.  Yes, it is possible to lose a tooth through an accident and occassionally from tooth decay.  But most of the time, the cause of tooth loss is gum disease.  Ask any dental professional they will confirm that for you.

Yet, how many of us are taught what to do to prevent gum disease beyond regular brushing and flossing.

Treatments for gum disease can get quite expensive.  You would think that doctors would want their patient’s to do all that they could in order to avoid gum disease, right?

Of course, this article speaks in general terms.  If you have question or questions about your own unique dental health situation, you should ask your doctor or dentist for the answers to those questions.

Prevention may not be as easy as simply brushing and flossing.  After all, if it were, we would not have 75% of people walking around with some form of gum disease in their oral cavity.   You can also verify that statistic with any dental professional.

Something is horribly wrong here.  Is it a lack of public perception and understanding about this insidious problem?  Or, is it a lack of good educational and preventive resources for people to understand what the problem is and what they can do to prevent or mitigate its occurrence?

The answer will need to be rhetorical on this one.

However, here are some resources that I think are worth investigating.

The Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator – Available at Toothy Grins

The Book:  What You Should Know about Gum Disease  – You may order a copy at your local book store or pick one up here.

The E-book:  How To Stop Gum Disease In 4 Easy Steps!    – This is available on Kindle and Nook for 99 cents and is also available for free here.

Prevention may be the key to preventing expensive bills and avoiding the cost and pain of dental implants.

Many changes can occur to our facial features as well when we lose teeth. That is why it is important for a good replacement. But letting it come to this point in the first place, might be avoided by more people -IF they were armed with a little more awareness and decent tools for home care.

Again, this post speaks in general. Ask your dentist for specific answers to your unique dental health situation.

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