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What are the possible causes of tooth loss besides poor dental hygiene?

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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry
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In brief: 3 Main Causes

Except for rare medical/genetic disorders, tooth loss is caused by three main things: gum disease, large cavities, & trauma.
Gum disease is the most common, accounting for about 80% of lost teeth. Nearly all these conditions can be prevented with excellent oral hygiene at home & regular dental visits. Unfortunately, you can't do it yourself. You need professional help to keep your mouth healthy.

In brief: 3 Main Causes

Except for rare medical/genetic disorders, tooth loss is caused by three main things: gum disease, large cavities, & trauma.
Gum disease is the most common, accounting for about 80% of lost teeth. Nearly all these conditions can be prevented with excellent oral hygiene at home & regular dental visits. Unfortunately, you can't do it yourself. You need professional help to keep your mouth healthy.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dr. Daniel Wolter
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In brief: Other reasons

Orthodontics: to make room for crowded teeth.
Restorattive: we will sometimes remove a tooth that is in the way due to having drifted into an edentulous space that is now being restored. Growth & development: serial extration of baby teeth are sometimes necessary to aid in the erruption of permanent teeth. Ectopic erruption: teeth sometimes grow in the wrong place and need to be removed!

In brief: Other reasons

Orthodontics: to make room for crowded teeth.
Restorattive: we will sometimes remove a tooth that is in the way due to having drifted into an edentulous space that is now being restored. Growth & development: serial extration of baby teeth are sometimes necessary to aid in the erruption of permanent teeth. Ectopic erruption: teeth sometimes grow in the wrong place and need to be removed!
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Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
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Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dentistry

In brief: Tooth decay

Tooth decay, or mouth trauma are other causes of tooth loss.

In brief: Tooth decay

Tooth decay, or mouth trauma are other causes of tooth loss.
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Tooth loss

Temporary or milk teeth in toddlers, some medications for epilepsy, gum diseases, growth in jaw or gums, trauma, etc.

In brief: Tooth loss

Temporary or milk teeth in toddlers, some medications for epilepsy, gum diseases, growth in jaw or gums, trauma, etc.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Teeth are "lost" by a lack of bone support (periodontal disease), by tooth decay ( if the tooth is extracted rather than restored), or for orthodontic reasons. There are many factors that can contribute to tooth loss besides dental hygiene including systemic diseases, diet, medications, and an individuals biology/physiology.
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