Preventative Measures to Avoid Tooth Loss: A Guide for Adults Over 30

As we age, maintaining good dental health becomes increasingly important. Though tooth loss (edentulism) is a growing concern in Oklahoma, often times it is completely preventable. In this blog, we will outline the essential preventative measures we encourage you to put in place to avoid tooth loss and maintain a healthy smile as you age.

Daily Routine for Healthy Teeth

A consistent and effective daily oral hygiene routine is the foundation of dental health. Here’s how to do it right:

  • Brushing:
    • Frequency: Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
    • Technique: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use gentle circular motions. Ensure you brush all surfaces of your teeth, including the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces. Electronic toothbrushes like the Sonicare toothbrush do a superior job at brushing, so if possible, we recommend investing in a good electric toothbrush.
    • Duration: Spend at least 2 minutes brushing your teeth. Most electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer which is another added benefit of these type of toothbrushes.
Brushing to prevent tooth loss
  • Flossing:
    • Frequency: Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles between your teeth.
    • Technique: Use about 18 inches of dental floss, winding most of it around your middle fingers. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers and gently slide it between your teeth, curving it around each tooth in a C shape and moving it up and down. You can also use floss picks to achieve an easier floss with the same results.


  • Mouthwash:
    • Frequency: Use an antiseptic mouthwash once a day to reduce bacteria and freshen your breath.
    • Technique: Swish the mouthwash around your mouth for 30 seconds, making sure it reaches all areas before spitting it out. Avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes afterward.

Diet and Its Impact on Teeth

What you eat plays a significant role in your dental health. Here’s how to make food choices that support strong, healthy teeth:

  • Foods to Include:
    • Dairy Products: Milk, cheese, and yogurt are rich in calcium and phosphates, which strengthen tooth enamel.
    • Fruits and Vegetables: Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery help clean teeth and stimulate saliva production, which neutralizes acids.
    • Nuts and Seeds: These are good sources of essential minerals that contribute to dental health.
Healthy Foods for dental health
  • Foods to Avoid:
    • Sugary Snacks and Beverages: Candy, soda, and other sugary treats can lead to tooth decay.
    • Acidic Foods and Drinks: Citrus fruits, tomatoes, and wine can erode tooth enamel if consumed excessively.

Regular Dental Visits

Routine visits to our dental office are crucial for maintaining dental health and preventing tooth loss.

    • Frequency: Make sure to schedule a dental check-up every six months.
    • Benefits: Professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup so your teeth stay healthy and clean. Frequent visits allow us to better monitor your overall oral health and identify potential issues early on so they don't turn into bigger problems.
    • Emergency Dental Services: When a dental emergency strikes, make sure to call us promptly and follow the steps in our emergency dental services article to find out what to do prior to your appointment.
Performing general dental care in Yukon OK

Habits to Avoid

Certain habits can significantly increase your risk of tooth loss. Here’s a list of habits to steer clear of and tips on how to break them:

    • Smoking: Smoking is a leading cause of gum disease and tooth loss. Quit smoking to improve your overall health and protect your teeth.
    • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism): This habit can wear down teeth and lead to tooth loss. Use a night guard to prevent grinding while you sleep, and practice stress-reducing techniques during the day.
    • Chewing on Hard Objects: Avoid chewing on ice, pens, or other hard objects that can crack or damage your teeth.


Maintaining healthy teeth and preventing tooth loss requires a combination of diligent daily care, smart dietary choices, regular dental visits, and avoiding harmful habits. By following these tips, you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile well into your later years. Remember, your dental health is an essential part of your overall well-being, and it’s never too late to start taking better care of your teeth. Give us a call today to book a dental cleaning and let us help you get in a routine of maintaining good oral health so you can enjoy your pearly whites for years to come.

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