Help Me!! My Teeth Are Falling Out!!

Lilly Family Dentistry Blog

Periodontal Disease is more commonly known as “Gum Disease” and is the # 1 cause of tooth loss.  Periodontal Disease occurs when large amounts of bacteria reach the bone level and destroys the ligaments that attach the tooth to the bone; eventually destroying the bone. The bacteria are found in the plaque and tartar that builds up on the teeth and gums.  The bacteria produce toxins that invade the space between the teeth and gums.  When the levels of the bone continue to deteriorate, the teeth become loose and eventually need to be removed or may just fall out.  The disease is progressive and the damage is permanent.  Fortunately there are ways to stop or slow the progression of bone loss.

Most often, Periodontal Disease is not painful until it’s severe.  Many people do not know that they have the disease.  You may have Periodontal Disease if:

  • your gums bleed when you brush or floss
  • your gums are soft, tender or swollen
  • have persistent bad breath
  • your gums pull away from your teeth
  • your teeth become loose

These signs do not necessarily occur.  The only way to know for sure is to see a Dentist or Dental Hygienist who can properly evaluate your mouth.  A thorough examination is performed including x-rays to determine how much bone has been lost as well as a measurement around each tooth with a small, round, ruler-like instrument called a Probe.  Once Periodontal Disease is determined, the Dental Professional will talk about Treatment Plans and Options for the patient to help in restoring a healthy smile.

There are health issues related to the bacteria associated with Periodontal Disease as well.


Heart Disease – people with periodontal disease are 2X as likely to die from heart attack.

Stroke – people with periodontal disease are 3X more likely to die from stroke.

Diabetes – 16 million Americans affected; only 8 million diagnosed. Diabetes and periodontal disease potentiate each other.

Premature, low birth weight babies – periodontal bacteria have been found in fetal membranes; first documented case of death of fetus.


Respiratory infections – pneumonia

Chronic Kidney Disease

Increased C – reactive protein during pregnancy

Alzheimer’s disease

Wrinkly Skin

Erectile dysfunction


49% more likely to develop kidney disease

62% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer

30% more likely to develop blood cancer