Tooth loss

Loss of tooth can be quite disturbing. It is essential that we take care of our teeth so they will serve us for the rest of our lives. Above are the factors that increase the risks of losing our teeth. 


Trauma or physical blows are major contributors to teeth loss. 

The following are some of the activities which should not be done because these can damage and weaken the teeth and eventually lead to tooth loss:

  • Avoid opening caps, lids or tops with the teeth
  • Cracking ice cubes, popcorn kernels and nut shells can be damaging as well
  • Some people have the habit of chewing pens or pencils, this can be very harmful 
  • Clothes hangers should not be held by teeth
  • Tearing off tags and loosening knots
  • Cutting thread with the teeth
  • Clenching and grinding the teeth either consciously or unconsciously

The acts mentioned above are relatively common and in time can contribute to fractures and hence weakened teeth. Try to be consciously aware of such actions. 


Dental diseases are another factor that could contribute to teeth loss. In order to prevent dental diseases, oral hygiene should be maintained. Proper and regular brushing and flossing of the teeth is extremely important. It keeps the teeth and gums clean and healthy which prevents detrimental oral diseases or conditions. 

If the teeth and gums are not cleaned properly, then plaque starts to accumulate. This dental plaque then turns into calculus, which is tougher and more difficult to remove. This would require the help of a dental professional. Failure to do so could lead to issues such as gingivitis and periodontal diseases. They damage the gums and supporting tissues which can lead to loosening teeth which might result in tooth loss. 

Irregular dental check-ups 

Another important factor that is often overlooked by many people is regular visits to the dentist. The routine dental check-up helps the patient to maintain good oral health and can help spot early development of certain diseases such as oral cancer or others. Early diagnosis is extremely important in preventing the disease from spreading any further. 

Other factors which can cause tooth loss are:

  • Smoking
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Poor nutrition
  • Hypertension

Lack of professional care and poor oral hygiene are the chief contributors to tooth loss.

By keeping these points in mind, you can effectively prevent tooth loss and ensure your teeth serves you for as long as you need.