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Most Common Causes of Tooth Loss

April 20, 2011 @ 03:21 PM -- by Dr. Hodges

When it comes to dental health matters, one of the more serious issues that should be addressed is tooth loss. If you are missing multiple teeth or just one tooth, it can greatly affect the appearance of your smile and your quality of your life as well. Eating your favorite foods can be a chore rather than a treat. You may feel self-conscious about opening your mouth wide enough for people to see your smile. If you’re missing many teeth, the appearance of your face may be drastically changed, and there may be gradual bone loss to your jawbone misalignment of your remaining teeth.

Our Philadelphia endodontist and the rest of the staff here at the office would like to take a brief period to discuss some of the most common causes of tooth loss and what they involve.

Some of the most common causes of tooth loss are injuries and accidents. These can occur in different situations at any time. If you have a bad fall or are in an auto accident that results in trauma to you mouth, you may have chipped teeth or may even have a tooth knocked out.

Cavities and tooth decay can result in tooth loss if they go untreated. The same goes for many issues related to the health and condition of your gums. Gum recession involved the gradual pulling away of the gums around a tooth, which can eventually lead to the tooth becoming loose and falling out. Gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) can also lead to tooth loss if it progresses without being dealt with. For this reason, it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss every night, and to visit your dentist regularly.

In addition to the above, a number of other actions and health conditions can contribute to tooth loss. People with diabetes may experience oral infections more often than people without diabetes, which means increased chance of developing gum disease. Smoking can also affect tooth decay and gum disease, contributing to tooth loss. Malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies can also have an affect on the health of your teeth and your bones and may also lead to tooth loss.

If you would like more information about preventing tooth loss and various matters related to Philadelphia endodontic surgery, please feel free to contact our Philadelphia endodontic dentistry office today.

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