Why Do People Lose Their Teeth?

Tooth loss as an adult can be embarrassing. But, why do people lose their teeth as adults? Let’s take a look at some of the more popular causes of tooth loss and what you can do about it.

  1.  Trauma

If you were to suffer trauma to your face – for example from a car accident – you may lose a tooth. Trauma can also occur in contact sports such as soccer, rugby, and basketball. When participating in contact sports you are subject to collisions with other players which can result in tooth loss. While accidents are unavoidable, when it comes to contact sports, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth.

  1. Tobacco

The use of tobacco has many consequences when it comes to your oral health. Tooth loss can occur as your gums will have trouble fighting infections due to tobacco use. This can lead to gum disease, which if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. Additionally, oral cancer is a concern due to the carcinogens in tobacco products.

  1. Cavities

Cavities are a common cause of tooth loss. If cavities are left untreated, you may require a root canal or tooth extraction.

  1. Gum Disease

Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. When plaque forms beneath your gum line, it releases bacteria which can cause infection. When not treated, this infection can progress to severe periodontitis which can result in losing your teeth.

  1. Illnesses

Certain illnesses, for example, diabetes, can lead to an increased chance of developing gum disease. If you are suffering from an illness that has consequences on your dental health, regular checkups are important in order to monitor your oral health.

  1. Using Your Teeth as Tools

Have you ever used your teeth as a means of opening a bag or perhaps to even open a bottle? When you do this, you risk severe damage to your teeth. Your teeth are not meant to be used as scissors, pliers, or other tools.

Thankfully, most causes of tooth loss can be prevented. Good dental hygiene goes a long way to protecting your teeth and allowing you to keep a healthy smile.