causes of tooth loss

The Main Causes of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss can result in a loss of jaw bone and other teeth to shift. Maintaining regular appointments with your dentist can help prevent some of the main causes of tooth loss.

Key takeaways:

  • Poor oral hygiene, including insufficient brushing of teeth, flossing and dental check-ups, can cause oral health problems leading to tooth loss.
  • Gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss, resulting from inflammation or infection in the gum tissue.
  • An impact trauma knocking a tooth out can be unavoidable, but quick treatment from a dentist may save the tooth.

“Although you may not think gum disease can impact your teeth, the opposite is true. Your gums play an essential role in protecting your teeth and keeping them firmly anchored in their sockets.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.