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The Truth About Tooth Loss


In the United States, 20 million teeth are extracted each year.  The consequences of tooth loss can have devastating effects on overall health and self-esteem, yet fewer than 10 percent of patients seek information prior to the loss of a tooth.  Because of fear, lack of knowledge or finances, many people wait until pain sets in before seeking a solution.  By then, it is often too late.


Many people assume that tooth loss is an inevitable result of age.  However, most factors that contribute to tooth loss can be controlled much earlier in life.  Poor oral hygiene habits, such as not brushing and flossing daily, cause decay and gum disease that can ultimately lead to tooth loss.  Consuming foods and beverages that are high in sugar, carbohydrates and acid content can cause irreversible damage to the teeth and gums.  Bad habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco can also be culprits.  Overall, many people are simply not informed about how the process of losing a tooth begins and the traumatic consequences it can have on a person's overall health and well-being.


Reviewed: January 2012