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Tooth loss 'can be caused by a variety of dental health issues'
Updated: 11/18/2008 6:00:35 PM

Tooth loss Tooth loss is a dental health problem that can occur at any age and could have a variety of underlying causes.

For example, children may lose a tooth due to an injury to the mouth while playing sports or running around outside.

Meanwhile, adult tooth loss is often connected to dental health problems such as gum disease, as well as to smoking, cardiovascular disease or diabetes, according to the Academy of General Dentistry.

Older people may be at high risk of losing a tooth or teeth, because their gums have receded over time. Additionally, seniors may suffer from dry mouth due to medications they are taking - a condition that can lead to tooth loss.

Those who would like to help prevent this problem at every age should first make sure they are practicing good dental hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing.

Regular dental checkups are also important, as a dentist may be able to recognize a potential problem before it progresses.

The American Dental Association also recommends that children who play sports should wear a mouth guard to protect their teeth from trauma.

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