Tooth Loss: Causes and Consequences

The expectation of getting a visit from the tooth fairy is so exciting for a child. In the absence of severe pain, the same cannot be said for adults. According to Colgate Oral Health Network, many of the risk factors for edentulism and noncommunicable chronic diseases overlap. Some of these risk factors include tobacco use, excess consumption of alcohol, an unhealthy diet, and a sedentary lifestyle.  Other risk factors that sometimes are not considered are lack of financial resources and dental insurance. An association between controlled and uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and an increase in tooth loss has also been identified. When teeth are loss, there are ways to replace them, but the cost associated with restoring the oral cavity can be beyond what the patient can afford, and the problem continues. The inability to masticate a fiber-rich healthy diet, and instead consuming a diet of soft foods which are carbohydrate rich, can negatively influence health. The loss of teeth can negatively impact social interaction and decrease the patient’s ability to thrive. Although tooth replacement is an option when teeth are loss, preventing tooth loss is the best course of action.