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Unknown Health Conditions That Could Cause You to Lose Your Teeth

Posted on 9/20/2016 by Dr. Frank Sallustio
A man suffering from a missing tooth!Tooth loss is often associated with gum disease and tooth decay. These issues are most often brought about by poor oral hygiene practices. There are some health conditions that can lead to tooth loss that can cause tooth loss, even if you do regularly brush and floss your teeth.


Diabetes affects your immunity. It also reduces your resistance to infections and slows your ability to heal. Diabetics tend to have a higher sugar content in their saliva, and bacteria thrive on sugar. All of these factors can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss.


While cancer itself doesn't cause tooth loss (unless it is oral cancer), the treatment of it may. Treatment can cause sores, bleeding and infections in the mouth and also may cause dry mouth. Saliva is needed to help kill and wash away bacteria. Without it, your risk of decay and gum disease rises.


Not only does this health issue increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, it can also affect your bones. It can cause thinning which, in the jaw, reduces the hold on the roots of your teeth.

Sjögren's Syndrome

This condition affects the ability of the salivary glands to function properly. Without sufficient saliva, the amount of bacteria in the mouth is much higher, which increases the odds of suffering tooth decay and gum disease.


A person suffering from anemia lacks sufficient red blood cells. Red blood cells transport oxygen throughout the body. Without enough oxygen, gums can suffer, which can lead to gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss.

Visiting your dentist regularly is important. During an exam, your dentist can detect signs of other health issues that can affect your teeth and gums. Along with continued oral hygiene practices at home, your dentist can help you keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your oral health.
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