Can Gingivitis Cause You to Lose Your Teeth?

By Dave / October 7, 2007
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Question: Can you lose your teeth due to gingivitis? I have a friend and a niece and their teeth are falling out or breaking off, I would like to
know what could be causing them to fall out. Thank You for your response.

Answer: Hi Terry. Gingivitis can grow into gum disease and you can definitely lose your teeth due to gum disease. In fact, it is the number once cause of tooth loss past the age of 20 or so.

Gingivitis is just mild inflammation of the gums. Yet, it must be treated right away to prevent it from developing into the more troublesome forms of gum disease.

As far as teeth breaking off, I’m not sure what you mean exactly. Gum disease can definitely cause you to lose teeth, but again, I don’t know what you mean be breaking off.

Are they breaking in half, instead of falling out?

I think the situation you are describing requires immediate attention from a dentist or periodontist. Tell your friend to go right away.

Warm Regards,

David Snape
Author: What You Should Know About Gum Disease
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* This post is for information and entertainment purposes only. If you have or think you might have gum disease or any other health or oral health problem, visit your dentist or doctor for advice, diagnosis and treatment.

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