Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Are Your Teeth Worth Saving?

Are Your Teeth Worth Saving?

That sounds like  a strange question, doesn't it?   There are many people who don't worry about their teeth at all.     For example, many young people probably don't give their teeth a second thought.

Others have given up on their teeth.  They know they have big problems but have no idea how to solve them and perhaps cannot afford the expensive solutions that are offered to them.

Or perhaps, a person just lacks the right knowledge and is frustrated for the lack of it.  

Ultimately, it comes down to a simple question:  Do you want to keep your teeth or do you not care?

Yes or No are BOTH valid answers.  There is no 'right' answer.  There is only YOUR answer.

Whichever answer you prefer is fine for you.

Why Did I Ask This Question?

I asked it because if the answer is: "Yes,  my teeth are worth saving", then read on.   If you answered no, then there is no point in spending any more time here.  I want to save you some time if that is the case.

To me, saving teeth means keeping them for a lifetime of good service.  Yes, people do have accidents.   It is less frequent to lose a tooth due to a cavity.   Far and away, the biggest cause of tooth loss is gum disease.

If you want to keep your teeth,  that is the problem you need to focus on. 

"Wait a minute,"  I hear you object.  "I don't have gum disease."   Yes, that is what the vast majority of people think and believe.

The reality is quite different.  Dental professionals tell us that 3 out of every 4 people have gum disease.  That is 75%.

However, as I mentioned before, very few of those people know they have it.   No one has told them they have a problem,  so everything must be ok, right?

Then one day, you are sitting in the dentist's chair and you get the news that you need gum surgery,  you need a tooth pulled and an implant installed, a deep cleaning treatment - or some variation on this theme.

You freak out.  "I'm going to lose a tooth". 

The big question is, can this scenario be prevented? 

The answer is, "Maybe".  But in order to have hope, one must believe in Prevention

A Little Stronger, Please?

Let me spell it out for you.  If you are a non-dental professional, this may come as a shock.  Most people are going to lose one or more teeth to gum disease and the majority have no idea this is going to happen to them.

If you don't believe me, ask any dental professional.  They will break the bad news to you further.

But, maybe you can prevent it from happening.  

  Prevention Is The Key

As soon as I mention prevention, people think of brushing and flossing their teeth.  Those activities are very important.  If you have being doing them, great, keep doing it according to your doctor's instructions.     If you haven't been brushing and flossing adequately, then it is time to start.

However,  brushing and flossing are not enough for most people.   (But it is for some).   

Here are three resources for you to investigate:

The book: What You Should Know About Gum Disease: A Layman's Guide to Fighting Gum Disease (also available on kindle)

The free e-book: How To Stop Gum Disease In 4 Easy Steps

A tool that I have found to be particularly important.  

What Are You Going To Do? 

The dangers are real and they are clear.   The resources above can help to educate you and point you in the right direction.

The idea is to improve your odds of keeping your teeth and avoiding the costly treatments experienced during the process of losing and replacing them.

Think about this:  It is not very often that you come across a dental office or periodontist's office waiting room that isn't full.    What do you think all those people are doing there?

Some of the same principles that help to protect you and fight gum disease are the same ones that can help you to avoid cavities as well.

There are plenty of people willing to help you when you have a problem.   They can replace your teeth, they can do all kinds of treatments. 

But, only you have the power to do something at home.   What you do, every day, at home is the most important thing when it comes to your dental health.   There aren't many, if any, dental professionals that would disagree with that.   You can find one to ask if you don't believe me.

Educate yourself and take action today.



PS:  Prevention is powerful!  This info is free

* this site speaks in general terms only.  For specific questions about your own unique dental health situation, be sure to ask your periodontist or dentist. 

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