The prospect of losing a tooth is daunting. If you’ve already lost one, you know that it affects more than just your smile. Your health suffers, you have a hard time chewing, your speech sounds off, and you feel embarrassed to smile. If you’ve been missing teeth for some time, you may have noticed a change in your facial structure. This is because there is no tooth root to stimulate your jawbone, which causes it to recede.
You don’t have to worry over missing teeth anymore. Use this as a guide to discover what can cause your teeth to fall out, how to prevent further loss, and how to regain a functional, healthy, and beautiful smile.
Causes of Tooth Loss
Gum disease, injury, and tooth decay are the causes of tooth loss. But what kind of activities can cause those three situations?
Smoking Cigarettes & Chewing Tabacco: These two habits are primary culprits of gum disease. They restrict blood flow to your gums, decrease saliva production, and impede your body’s ability to replace tissue in your mouth. This is a perfect environment for bacteria to flourish. First, it’ll infect your gums. Next, the bacteria will enter your bone, rot your tooth, and cause it to fall out. Beyond tooth loss, the bacteria will enter your bloodstream and is known to increase your risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.
Poor Oral Health Routines: Simply failing to take care of your teeth, gums, and mouth can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and loss.
Diabetes: Diabetes and gum disease are reciprocating diseases that can cause tooth loss.
Consuming Too Much Sugar: When left on your teeth, Sugar interacts with the plaque and produces acid. Acid wears down your enamel causing pain, decay, and eventual tooth loss.
Medications: Some medications, such as high blood pressure and antidepressants, can cause tooth loss.
Contact Sports Without a Mouthguard: If you play a contact sport, be sure to wear a mouthguard, or you could lose some teeth.
Car Accidents: Car accidents can cause you to lose teeth if you injure your mouth.