7 different ways you could lose your teeth

7 Different Ways You Could Lose Your Teeth

Dr. Joshua Colkmire Cosmetic Dentistry Sarasota

Dr. Joshua Colkmire

Dr. Colkmire’s dental degree comes from NYU College of Dentistry, and he also holds bachelor’s degrees from Lee University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also a part of the renowned Seattle Study Club, a vibrant international network of dentists who meet to share knowledge about how to provide excellent care to each and every patient who comes into their practice.
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Keep Your Teeth in Your Mouth!

Your teeth are important tools that you need to talk, eat, and structure your face. Without them, you would be surprised how many things in your life could change. With this in mind, you need to do all you can to ensure your teeth are healthy and stay rooted in your mouth. Sure, there are plenty of cosmetic dentists nearby that can help you, but you should do all you can to ensure you don’t need them to keep your teeth.
In this blog, we will discuss the different ways in which you could lose your teeth. By looking at this list, our hope is that you are able to prevent tooth loss in your life. But, if you have already lost a tooth, or multiple teeth, you will probably want to talk to a cosmetic dentist about our dental options. At Joshua Colkmire DDS, our dental staff can help you regain a gorgeous smile, even after losing several teeth. Contact us today.

Ways to Lose Your Teeth:


Age, unfortunately, is a huge factor to teeth loss. For instance, if you have mistreated your teeth in the past, it could catch up to you. Most of the instances where teeth mysteriously fall out are due to people aging poorly and mistreating their teeth. Of course, just because you are aging does not mean that losing teeth is “normal.” If you are losing teeth, there is a likely a darker reason for why this is happening to you, such as an onset of periodontal disease.

2. Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a gum disease that can compromise the strength of your teeth. Males over the age of 35 are at a higher risk of periodontal disease, however, this ailment can happen to anyone of a certain age. Most people won’t develop dental disorders, such as periodontal disease, until they are much older. To prevent a disease like this you will have to take very good care of your teeth and keep up with your oral care throughout your life. The older you get, the more you need to maintain your dental health. Unfortunately, losing teeth is common among the elderly, especially those who have no taken care of their teeth throughout their lives.

3. AutoImmune Disorders

In some cases, if you develop an autoimmune issue, your teeth can fall out. Adults, as well as children, can both be at risk for losing teeth due to autoimmune deficiencies. Of course, children naturally lose their teeth, but there are other, more serious reasons why teeth can become loose and fall out. If you are a parent, it is important that you monitor what teeth your child is losing. This way you will be able to watch which teeth they are losing. Most of the time teeth loss among children can be innocent and a signal that they are growing up. However, it is still beneficial to remain observant to ensure that nothing dangerous is happening to your child’s health.
As an adult, losing teeth is a bit more serious. If you are losing teeth, you may want to schedule a dentist appointment immediately. By losing teeth as an adult, there is a much larger chance that something, such as a disease or disorder, is causing your teeth loss and can cause even more problems in your near future.

4. Smoking

Smoking is bad for your health, in all aspects of your life. However, sometimes it is forgotten how bad smoking and tobacco is for your teeth. Smoking is bad for your teeth because it introduces thousands of chemicals to your system. When you smoke, you are not only introducing these chemicals, but also allowing them to stick to your teeth. No matter how well you treat your teeth, if you smoke, your teeth can be affected and begin to yellow. Aside from the aesthetic reasons not to smoke, teeth loss is also a main consequence.

5. Teeth Grinding

If you are an anxious person, you might be accustomed to grinding your teeth. Turns out, this action is actually very bad for your teeth for two main reasons. For one, when you grind your teeth, you are wearing down the tops of your teeth. This can lead to damage and the diminishing of your teeth. Second, grinding can lead to tooth loss if not controlled. How? Well, when you grind your teeth, you are putting an added strain on your gums, tissues, and bones. Because of this, over time, the tissue and gums weaken and lose the ability to root your tooth into its socket. Since your tooth is no longer anchored to its socket, it can easily fall out.
Of course, this takes quite a bit of time to do, but that doesn’t make the consequences of grinding your teeth any less severe. Many dentists will prescribe a custom mouthguard for patients that grind their teeth. Luckily for teeth grinders, treatment is easy and very effective.

6. Playing Sports

An unfortunate part about playing sports is that you can expect to get hurt at least once. Well, if you play a contact sport, you are likely to get hit in the face at one time or another. In fact, sports such as hockey, rugby, and football, encourage collisions and physical hitting. It is possible to get hit so hard, in fact, that it knocks out one of your teeth. More than five million teeth are knocked out every year from either injury or an accident. To prevent your teeth falling out while playing sports, most dentists will recommend wearing a mouthguard. This will ensure that your teeth and tissue above the teeth are well protected.

7. Poor Dental Practices

Poor dental practices will surely loosen your gums and make your teeth loose. Practices that are bad for your dental health include, not brushing or flossing your teeth at least twice a day. If you choose to eat sugary items and refuse to brush your teeth, bacteria will eat away at your teeth and gums. This can not only cause cavities, but also decay your teeth and cause gum disease. The best way to keep your teeth looking beautiful and bright is to clean and floss them regularly. Also, staying away from starch and sugar-rich foods can also help maintain the strength of your teeth and gums.

Joshua Colkmire DDS

Now that you know what causes teeth to fall out, you can prevent these behaviors. By staying on top of your dental care, you can prevent teeth loss and keep your teeth looking great for as long as you can.

At our practice, we can offer you the best in cosmetic dental services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!