What age are most adults when they start losing their teeth? Well, it may surprise you to learn, adult teeth don’t ‘die’, which means they don’t fall out from natural causes (unless you call falling head-first off your bike or being punched in the face a natural cause!) Disease or trauma are the main culprits for adult teeth dying.
Most people assume losing teeth is a natural consequence of the aging process. Not so. All too often, just like most things in life, if you lose your teeth and end up with false teeth, you’re probably the cause.
Baby teeth fall out on their own to be replaced with adult permanent teeth. However, adult teeth don’t fall out from natural causes.
So that’s the good (and the bad) news. You don’t have to lose your teeth, but if you do, don’t blame nature, in most cases the cause can be found a little closer to home.
What Are The 3 Causes of Adults Starting to Lose Their Teeth?
1) Trauma –
Obviously, a severe blow or knock to the head can cause your teeth to be instantly knocked out. Even if this doesn’t instantly knock them out, it may cause them to be damaged beyond repair and eventually you lose them.
Other less obvious forms of trauma include using your teeth to open bottles, tear open bags or hold things. Your teeth weren’t designed to be used as a Swiss army knife!
Finally, is you are a chronic jaw clencher or tooth grinder, beware. Did you know clenching and grinding the teeth can put more than 800 pounds of pressure on your teeth? …Clearly, this can lead to fractures and tooth loss.
2) Serious Illness –
Besides gum disease, chronic illness such as diabetes, cancer, osteomyelitis, and autoimmune diseases, can result in adults losing their teeth at an early age.
3) Periodontitis (Gum Disease)
Periodontal or gum disease is known as the ‘Silent Disease’ because it doesn’t start as a full-blown disease causing serious damage to your mouth. It can sneak up on you. Before you know it, the signs you ignored destroy bone resulting in tooth loss.
Now we know that, what can we do to stop our teeth from falling out?
As you can see, in all the reasons for adults losing their teeth mentioned above, not once have we mentioned old age. No matter your age, your teeth can be healthy. The flip side of that is, if you don’t look after them, you could lose your teeth at any age.
So age is really does not a determining factor as to when we start to lose our teeth. Like so many things, lifestyle, diet and good health practices, in this case good oral health practices, are far more important in keeping teeth healthy and determining what age our teeth will start to fall out.
Of all the causes mentioned above, studies reveal gum disease is far and away the main cause of adults starting to lose their teeth. And in most instances, gum disease is the result of not taking good care of your mouth with regular, daily brushing and flossing.
So the best answer to keep teeth healthy and stop them from falling out is to give them a good ‘workout’ everyday combined with regular check ups and proper home oral hygiene. Remember the “Two by Two Rule” Just two minutes, twice a day, especially at bedtime.
So, in a nutshell, the best way to stop your teeth from falling out is to make sure you give your teeth a good ‘workout’ everyday. Unlike going to the gym though, keeping your teeth healthy and in tip-top condition is a far less arduous task than keeping your body in shape. Just two minutes of cleaning, flossing and mouth-washing everyday, backed up with regular trips to the dentist and hygienist will have your teeth fit for a lifetime!
In fact, this quote sums it up perfectly:“You don’t have to clean all your teeth every day – just the ones you want to keep.”
If you are worried about bleeding gums, bad breath or worried you may have gum disease, why not contact me for some advice?
You can reach me here: http://periodontal.co.uk/ask-a-periodontist/