Tooth loss is extremely common. It’s estimated that nearly 70% of all adults have lost at least one tooth, according to our experts. Now that you know how common it truly is, you may find yourself wondering what causes tooth loss, and how you can prevent these issues from happening. Read along to learn some of the most common reasons why adults lose their teeth.
One of the most common reasons why tooth loss occurs is due to untreated cavities. When cavities are left untreated, it can cause the entire tooth to eventually rot away. The tooth does not typically fall out. It slowly decays away or crumbles as someone chews or eats their food.
Gum disease, also called gingivitis, is another common culprit for tooth loss. Your gums help to hold your teeth securely in place. However, this disease causes your gums to recede. In turn, the gums are no longer able to hold your teeth firmly in place. This makes them easier to fall out if you sustain damage to your face or they can simply fall out on their own if your gums significantly recede.
Teeth grinding can cause a lot of damage to your teeth. This is why the team at Phillips & Schmitt are big advocates for night guards. Whether you have all natural teeth and clench or grind your teeth at night or if you have a full mouth of crowns or bridges, a guard will protect the investment you have made in your mouth. As you grind your teeth, you can cause them to chip, crack, or wear down. You can even increase the chances of your teeth falling out.
Chronic diseases are the final common cause of tooth loss. It’s estimated that six out of ten adults have a chronic disease in the United States, according to Harvard Medical School. Unfortunately, many people have no idea that their medical conditions can affect their teeth, and as such, they do not advise their dentist about their condition. Diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and autoimmune diseases can all affect your oral health.
No one plans on losing their teeth, but it is something that happens regularly. The best way to minimize the chances of tooth loss occurring is to schedule regular appointments with your dentist. If it has been six months or longer since you last saw a dentist, you’re due for an appointment. Reach out to us to schedule an appointment to be seen by one of our dental professionals.