Preventable Reasons For Tooth Loss

Multiple oral conditions can result in the loss of a tooth. In many instances, the loss may be avoidable.

Here are several preventable reasons for tooth loss.


Periodontitis, which is a gum condition, is associated with tooth loss. The progressive disease results in the detachment of the gums from the teeth. Additionally, it permits bacteria to access the jawbone, where they cause the bone tissue to atrophy or shrink.

Since the jawbone holds the teeth in place, as it shrinks, the roots of the teeth may become loose in their sockets. The chewing and biting of normal mastication can disconnect the teeth from the bone, resulting in tooth loss. 

Periodontitis, like other forms of gum disease, is preventable. Gum disease begins as gingivitis, which includes inflammation of the gums and may cause the swelling, bleeding, and discomfort of the gingival tissues. The condition can be reversed with proper flossing, brushing, and the use of an antibacterial mouth rinse. However, if gingivitis is permitted to progress, periodontitis can develop, allowing pockets to form between the gums and the teeth. These pockets permit the accumulation of bacteria that can invade the areas of the mouth that are normally concealed by the gums. Once periodontitis develops, its reversal may require professional treatments, such as root planing and scaling procedures.


Dental decay takes place as the acids produced by the bacteria in the mouth demineralize the tooth enamel. The more the minerals of the enamel are dissolved, the more progressive the decay becomes.

Initially, a cavity, which is a hole in the tooth material that forms from the decay, can be treated with a simple filling. However, as a cavity becomes larger, it can grow so big that little tooth material remains. If the too little tooth material remains for the placement of a dental crown, the tooth may have to be extracted. 

Dental decay can be avoided by the proper cleaning of the teeth. When the teeth are brushed and flossed, the process removes large numbers of oral bacteria and their food source, which is leftover carbohydrates from your meals or snacks. Additionally, cleaning the teeth helps to neutralize oral acids that cause decay. 

If a fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse is used to help clean the teeth, the fluoride in the product can also help the tooth material become more resistant to decay.

To learn more ways to help prevent tooth loss, schedule a consultation with a dentist like Carpenter Dental in your local area.