Losing a tooth is very annoying and can be very traumatizing. Not only can you lose your appetite and the ability to chew effectively but you can also experience immense pain around the site of the lost tooth. If you’ve lost a tooth without encountering any recent trauma or accident, you will likely wonder “Why did it fall out, just like that?”
When a tooth falls out without any warning or any pain, this can be both traumatizing and really very annoying! You don’t even get any time to react or think about why it popped out. It is at this time that all of the information you have heard from dentists and dental hygienists (regarding consistent teeth care, flossing check-ups, x-rays etc) suddenly starts to make sense.
There are several reasons that teeth can fall out that you should be aware of before more of your teeth meet the same fate…
Grinding Your Teeth
Many people have a habit of clenching and/or grinding their teeth when they are nervous or stressed. Conscious or unconscious clenching and/or grinding of the teeth is called Bruxism. Bruxism causes your tooth’s crown to wear away and can lead to the reduction of the height of the bone supporting the teeth. When too much of the bone supporting the teeth is lost, the tooth and/or teeth in question can become loose which can lead to them falling out or requiring extraction. Bruxism can occur while you are awake but commonly occurs while you are sleeping which makes it more challenging to control or resolve.
There are two common levels of severity of gum disease – Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis causes a little bit of swelling and bleeding on/around your gums causing very little pain and therefore is barely noticeable. Periodontitis causes noticeable swelling of your gums that destroys your gum tissue. Periodontitis also destroys the bone structure in your jaws, eventually resulting in your tooth and/or teeth falling out.
After eating, food particles and sugar remain settled around your teeth and react with your mouth bacteria to form acids. Cavities are formed when the acids eventually break through the layers of your tooth – first the enamel, and then potentially into the dentin. If tooth decay is not halted via a dental restoration (filling), then it will further damage your tooth, potentially reaching the nerves inside your tooth, which can cause terrible pain.
The only way to prevent tooth decay or experiencing an oral infection is by brushing your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Flossing is also important to remove food particles that are stuck between your teeth and below your gums. Mouthwashes can also help to neutralize the effects of mouth bacteria. Eating a healthy diet that is low in refined sugars and staying properly hydrated also helps to dilute the effect that the bacteria responsible for creating the acid have on your teeth. You should also visit a dentist for regular check-ups and get your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist which will help you prevent, rather than cure, any tooth-related problems.