Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

Understanding the Factors that Lead to Permanent Tooth Loss

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Your teeth are very resilient, but they aren’t indestructible. In fact, there are a large number of ways that you can lose one or more teeth for good. Permanent tooth loss is preventable, but only with the help of your dentist. To make sure you keep all of your pearly whites, here is a look at the leading causes of permanent tooth loss.

Poor Dental Care

One of the best ways to avoid permanent tooth loss is to regularly see your dentist. Even if you make just one appointment a year for a teeth cleaning and check-up, you will greatly lower your risk of losing one of more of your teeth. In a 2005 study published in the Journal of Periodontology, nearly 40 percent of the patients interviewed about their tooth loss reported that they had never gotten professional dental maintenance.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Not brushing or flossing your teeth at least twice per day can increase your risk of periodontal disease. Smoking also greatly increases your risk of developing gum disease. If you have type 2 diabetes, you may also be at a greater risk of gum disease. The good news is that periodontal disease can be corrected if treated early enough by your dentist.

Health Conditions

In the study on tooth loss, researchers found that many of the individuals who had permanent tooth loss also had other health problems. Nearly one in five had type 2 diabetes, and more than one in 10 patients had high blood pressure. There was also a strong link between rheumatoid arthritis and tooth loss.

If you’ve lost a tooth, or if you think you may be at risk of permanent tooth loss, schedule an appointment with Dr. Charles M. Marks and his associates. Located in Manhattan, Dr. Marks and his associates can help with all of your oral care needs. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us at (212) 279-1232.

347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday