Tooth loss is a common problem that affects millions of people every year. No one expects to lose a tooth after childhood, however, it does happen. Tooth loss in adults can be alarming and downright scary. It is important to consider the causes of tooth loss when taking further action in your dental health.
But, to first assess why tooth loss may be happening, let’s discuss the 3 main causes of tooth loss among adults. We’ll also cover some preventative measures you can take today to keep your pearly whites intact!
01. Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, but it doesn’t happen overnight. Without proper dental hygiene, bacteria in the mouth that remains on your teeth can build up, leading to something we’ve all heard of, plaque.
Over time, plaque buildup can harden into tartar and spread under the gumline causing infection of the gums, or periodontitis. Untreated, gum disease can cause damage to the soft tissues of the gums, harming the bone that supports your teeth, inevitably leading to loosening of and potentially complete tooth loss.
Not to fear! Periodontal disease is both treatable and preventable. It is never too late to start taking better care of your teeth. Simple dental hygiene habits such as brushing twice daily, fluoride rinsing, and more importantly flossing will help keep bacteria at bay. It is also essential to visit your family dentist for a cleaning and exam once every six months, to keep tartar at bay.
02. Congenital Absence
Some causes of tooth loss are beyond our control and even genetic. Congenital absence of teeth simply means that due to genetic factors you were born without certain teeth.
Chances are, you are not the only member of your family to have experienced this.
Either way, if you have noticed a missing tooth or experienced sudden tooth loss it’s important to consult your dentist and maintain routine check-ups. Your dentist can confirm that your tooth loss is simply genetic, and rule out any underlying or systemic causes of tooth loss.
03. Trauma or Dental Injury
Traumatic dental injuries are another common cause of tooth loss.
If you are imagining a hockey player missing a front tooth, you’re spot on. But, dental injuries are not limited to hockey players.
Dental trauma is any physical injury to your teeth, gums, or bone that supports and keeps your teeth safe and secure.
These injuries are often attributed to a sports-related incident but can be caused by any accident that causes a physical impact on the mouth. Whether it’s a chipped tooth from a slip on the ice or attempting to chew a Gobstopper, dental injuries can cause tooth loss.
If you have already experienced tooth loss, had an accident affecting your smile, or are overdue for a cleaning, we at Mogren Dental are here to help! We provide a variety of services outside of your regular cleanings. Call Mogren Dental of Norton Shores today at (231) 737-5500 and one of our devoted staff members will be happy to set up a visit.
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