Nobody wants to lose a tooth! We’ve all known people with missing teeth due to one reason or another, and it ain’t pretty. If you want to know how to keep all your teeth, then knowing the leading causes of tooth loss in adults should be something you investigate first.
1. Not taking care of your oral health at home
Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of tooth loss is by neglecting your teeth and oral health in general at home! People who do not brush and floss regularly are most at risk for tooth loss. This is especially true for those who have a diet that is high in sugary drinks and foods.
2. Not going to the dentist
Regular check ups at the dentist might seem like a chore or an added expense that you don’t really want, however, 6 monthly check ups are to save your teeth from any minor issues before they turn into BIG problems. People who go to the dentist every 3 years or so are at risk of tooth loss.
3. Periodontal disease
Periodontal disease is a gum disease that advances from gingivitis. Tartar and plaque build up on the teeth then aggravate gum tissue where more bacteria can get into the gums and even seep down into the jawbone. Regular brushing and flossing is the best line of defence against plaque build up.
Osteoporosis is a condition when bones are brittle and break easily. Teeth are attached to bones, so if the bones break down this can also lead to wobbling teeth or even tooth loss. Osteoporosis is accelerated by a lack of calcium in the diet.
Knocked out teeth can and do happen! Whether it’s tripping down the stairs, or a hockey ball flying at your face, these are the types of trauma incidents that can cause lost teeth. Using mouthguards where appropriate and being careful with your surroundings helps to reduce the risk of this happening.
6. Nutritional deficiencies
Many people have strange diets, such as those that don’t eat fruit or vegetables, or those that only like to eat certain kinds of foods. Nutritional deficiencies can have many different effects on health, such as lethargy, lowered immune system, and yes, tooth loss also. Calcium and B and C vitamins are essential for healthy teeth.
Many people grind their teeth in their sleep, even if they don’t know it. Untreated, teeth grinding can cause enamel wear, tooth instability, and eventually tooth loss. To prevent grinding at night you should obtain a custom fitted mouthguard or splint from the dentist.
8. Not replacing other missing teeth
Believe it or not, a major cause of tooth loss is actually… tooth loss. When you have lost one tooth, the longer that you go without replacing it, the more dangerous it can be for your other teeth. It can be easier for plaque to get into adjacent spaces, and because your teeth will shift over time this can make them unstable.
Smoking is bad for your health – we all know this. Smoking is a factor in many instances of gum disease and is associated with a higher rate of tooth loss than in those that are non-smokers. If you haven’t already given up smoking then now is the time to quit, while you’re still ahead.
Diabetes can affect many different systems in the body, but it also affects your immune system. Those with lowered immune systems are not as able to fight plaque as those who are healthy. More plaque = higher chance of getting gum disease.
Why not make checking out the state of your oral health a priority now? Put your mind at rest and avoid tooth loss by going in for a check up and clean with the tooth and oral care experts.