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Top 10 Reasons For Tooth Decay And Loss

Top 10 Reasons For Tooth Decay And Loss

Understanding why tooth loss occurs and how to prevent it is key to maintaining a healthy smile. Here are the top 10 reasons why you might lose one or more of your adult teeth.


Poor Oral Hygiene

Brushing and flossing your teeth every day is very important. If you don’t, cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss can occur. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. It is also a good idea to visit your dentist or periodontist for regular cleanings every six months.


Poor Nutrition

Foods that are high in sugar, carbohydrates, and acids are bad for your teeth. These foods can damage your teeth and gums leading to tooth loss. Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid drinking sugary juices and carbonated beverages.  


Untreated Dental Issues

If you have any problems with your teeth, get them treated right away. If you lose a tooth, for example, it is important to have that tooth replaced as the displacement of other teeth into the empty space can cause gum problems. Improperly aligned teeth are also more prone to tartar deposits in overlapping areas. Dental issues that are left untreated can lead to gum problems and tooth loss in the future.


Tooth Grinding

Many people grind their teeth at night while they sleep. This strips their teeth of their enamel, and it wears them down. It also puts excessive pressure on supporting tissues which can lead to bone loss and loose teeth. If you are a tooth grinder, talk to your dentist or periodontist about wearing a bite guard while you sleep.


Dry Mouth

The saliva in our mouths is important because it helps to inhibit the growth of plaque and prevents tooth decay. If you have dry mouth issues, talk to your dentist or periodontist.



Genetic predispositions such as deep tooth crevices or enamel issues can lead to cavities and tooth loss. Talk to your dentist or periodontist about any genetic related dental issues that you may have.  



As we age, teeth which previously had cavities can be susceptible to new cavities or fractures. Have cavities treated right away and visit your dentist or periodontist regularly to avoid unnecessary tooth loss.


Contact Sports

If you participate in any contact sports, wear a mouth guard. A mouth guard can prevent trauma that can fracture or injure a tooth leading to tooth loss.


Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking and drinking alcohol is bad for your teeth but most importantly, it can cause gum disease (periodontal disease) and even oral cancer. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.



Diabetes patients have an increased risk of developing gum disease and tooth loss. If you are diabetic, it is important to control your diabetes and to visit a dentist or periodontist regularly to best prevent future dental issues.