The most common cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Bacteria create toxins which inflame and irritate gum tissue. Over the years, a slow progressive detachment occurs that also breaks down the supporting bone. Teeth are no longer held in place by bone, which leads to tooth loss, especially if left untreated.
Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
What are the signs of Gum Disease?
Causes of Gum Disease
Smoking, poor diet, poor oral hygiene habits, and certain medical conditions and medications can increase your chance of having gum disease. Diabetes, age, and hereditary factors can increase your risk for gum disease as well. That is why it is so important to see us regularly and we can customize a treatment plan just for you. With all oral health issues, regular brushing and daily flossing are your best defense.