What are the leading causes of tooth loss in adults?

If you are concerned about your oral and dental health, then a question you may have asked yourself or your dentist (or other dental health professional) is: “What are the leading causes of tooth loss in adults?” And the answer may surprise you. You may think that the answer is related to trauma, cavities (dental caries), or smoking, all of which contribute to poor oral and dental health. But the evidence continually indicates that periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

According to a recent study, “periodontal disease accounts for the majority of tooth extraction in patients older than 40 years.” According to another study referenced here, “gum (periodontal) disease was the leading reason for tooth loss.” And according to the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, “Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.”

Of course, periodontal disease is something is preventable and treatable. So what are some ways that you can lower your risk factor and protect yourself against periodontal disease that may lead to tooth loss? The best method of prevention is to practice good oral hygiene with daily tooth brushing and flossing, and then include regular professional examinations and cleaning in your oral health routine. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent health routines, people can still develop some form of periodontal disease. Risk factors for that can negatively affect the health of your gums include: tobacco usage, stress, clenching and grinding teeth, some medications and poor nutrition. If you do develop periodontal disease, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress. For more information about proper oral hygiene, read this article on our website.

So what are some other leading causes of tooth loss in adults?

  • Cavities
  • Physical injuries
  • Certain diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and arthritis

If you have lost your teeth or if you suffer from the diseases and conditions that put you at a greater risk of tooth loss, Dr. Charles Orth is a board-certified periodontist and dental implant specialist who can help preserve your natural teeth or provide information about options for tooth replacement. Tooth loss can be a life-altering circumstance as it can negatively affect both your physical and psychological wellbeing. Call Dallas periodontist and dental-implant specialist, Dr. Orth, today to discuss how you can live with comfort and confidence again.

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