Common Reasons Why People Lose Their Teeth

August 2016

Whether you are trying to protect your pearly whites or researching why someone you know may need to have a tooth replaced, we have put together a few of the most common causes of tooth loss:

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Periodontal Disease– This is the main reason the majority of people tend to lose their teeth. Researchers say that this is not just the main reason in the USA but also in the whole world!

Things that can lead to Periodontal Disease are:

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Smoking
  • Being a Male
  • Not Having Proper Dental Health
  • Being Older Than 35

High blood pressure was discovered to have a link in a 2004 study with postmenopausal women. Although, they can see the links between these diseases and periodontal disease many of the lines are still needing to be more defined. Didn’t know your sex could make you more likely to lose a tooth?

Well according to recent studies “Men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health and, according to surveys and studies, their oral health is equally ignored. When it comes to oral health, statistics show that the average man brushes his teeth 1.9 times a day and will lose 5.4 teeth by age 72. If he smokes, he can plan on losing 12 teeth by age 72. Men are also more likely to develop oral and throat cancer and periodontal (gum) disease.”

Poor Nutrition– When your body does not have access to specific nutrients it needs like Calcium, it can affect tooth retention. Decreased tooth retention is what begins to cause the tooth loss. And diets that have lots of sugar, and bad starches can ultimately lead to teeth and gum disease.

Grinding– Ouch, the noise alone is painful. Like nails on a chalkboard. But believe it or not, when a person grinds their teeth they are putting excess force on the tissues that support the teeth. This is what ends up causing the bone loss. Where there is bone loss, there is loss of supporting bone, which can make teeth shift and fall out.

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Crooked teeth– Wow, never thought this would cause tooth loss? Well, If teeth are aligned improperly it can make cleaning them that much harder. When teeth are not cleaned properly they can begin to develop tartar deposits which can lead to periodontal disease.

Other Missing Teeth– What? Like some bad dream, where my teeth begin to fall out one at a time. Well, actually yes. Although not to the extreme of a dream. When you do not replace a missing tooth with something like a dental implant, it can cause damage to other teeth. By not replacing the missing tooth the bone surrounding that missing tooth begins to resorb. This will cause the other teeth around that tooth to become displaced in the space and cause issues relating to the gums. This can ultimately lead to other teeth saying BYE!

Sports– Some people who play contact sports are at an increased risk for tooth loss or injuring which ultimately leads to tooth loss. The best thing a person playing contact sports can so is wear a mouth guard. This can help prevent trauma to the teeth and gums.

If you or someone you know has lost a tooth, they should set up an appointment to speak with an oral surgeon. Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has Implant Treatment Coordinators who work directly with the Doctors and patient to find the best option for their health and lifestyle.