Did you know that around 175 million Americans are missing at least one tooth?! No matter why it happens, it can be embarrassing, and it can even make simple things like talking or eating more difficult, especially when more than one tooth is missing. For those who experience edentulism, or complete loss of all teeth, quality of life can be substantially affected. Here are a few things that can cause tooth loss and some tips for how to keep your mouth and teeth in optimal health:
Cause #1: Gum Disease
As the leading cause of tooth loss, gum disease can lead to other serious oral health complications and even exacerbate existing medical problems such as heart disease. The good news is that gum disease is preventable with a good oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist to remove built-up plaque that can only be taken care of by a professional.
Cause #2: Trauma
Sometimes teeth don’t fall out because of oral health problems but because of trauma. Most hockey players and really any contact sport players have probably seen at least one person lose a tooth in an unfortunate accident while playing sports. This can also happen in car accidents, falls and many more instances where trauma to the face occurs.
Cause #3: Bruxism
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can put a lot of stress and pressure on teeth. At first, grinding the teeth may just weaken them, but over time it can lead to fractures and cracks in the teeth, which may ultimately end in tooth loss. Some patients aren’t even aware they are grinding their teeth because it often happens during sleep. Your dentist can recognize the signs of bruxism on teeth with an oral exam, so if you suspect you’re grinding your teeth during sleep, make an appointment with Dr. George today!
Cause #4: Poor Oral Hygiene
Poor oral hygiene can lead to a series of problems, one of which ends in tooth loss. Whether it’s decay that leads to the loss or gum disease, poor oral hygiene can have serious and permanent consequences.
For more information about tooth loss or to find out what your tooth-replacement options are if you have experienced a lost tooth or several teeth, call us today at 724-220-2347.