If you were to get a group of people together and ask them what they thought the most attractive feature on a person’s face was, it is likely that many of them are going to say the smile. So, it can be surprising and quite honestly startling to see a person who has missing teeth, especially when those teeth are in the front of their mouth.
When you see a person who has missing teeth, it is only natural to wonder why they lost their teeth. Interestingly, researchers have seen a drastic decline in the number of people who have partial or total tooth loss. This decline started in the early 70s and has been steady until the early 2000s. Still, there are groups of people who seem to be more prone to have missing teeth than others.
In the United States, adults who are between the ages of 20 and 64 have approximately 24.92 of their teeth remaining. African American adults, smokers, individuals who have a lower income and individuals who have a lower education seem to have the fewest amount of teeth when compared to the rest of the US population.
There was a time when people just accepted tooth loss as a natural part of getting older. However, there is a lot of research that suggests that every person has at least a level of control as to whether or not they lose their teeth, especially when it comes to periodontal disease.
That being said, the leading reason for tooth loss is periodontal disease. This is true all over the world. Men are more likely than women to have tooth loss of this sort. It also seems that tooth loss is more common in patients who are 35 years of age or older. Thirty percent of patients who are missing teeth seem to be smokers or ex-smokers. This shows a strong link between smoking and tooth loss.
Almost 40 percent of people who have had teeth removed said that they did not get any sort of professional dental maintenance in their life. And approximately 13 percent of people say they got regular dental care six months prior to needing to have a tooth extracted. Sixty percent of the individuals who had a tooth extraction said that they either never brushed their teeth or only did occasionally. And only 16 percent of people who had teeth removed said that they brushed their teeth at least two times a day.
Tooth loss has been connected to other health problems. For example, 20 percent of people who have tooth loss have type II diabetes. Researchers have seen a strong link between gum disease and diabetes.
Researchers have also seen a link between arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis, and tooth loss connected to gum disease. However, more research needs to be done in order to establish this link with certainty.
If you have missing teeth, make an appointment at Implant Dentistry of Virginia in Virginia Beach. We would be happy to help you restore your smile. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation with us!