ADA Accessibility Information



Goichi Shiotsu, DDS, PS

Prosthetic & Implant Dentistry

Creating Beauty and Success By Design

Mercer Island, WA

Overriding Reasons For Tooth Loss And Their Solutions

Posted on 9/5/2022 by Dr. Shiotsu
Overriding Reasons For Tooth Loss And Their Solutions Several things can lead to tooth loss, including injury, age-related issues, and hereditary conditions. However, there are two dominating reasons why adults lose teeth, and they are tooth decay and periodontitis or periodontal disease. The CDC estimates that 2 in 3 adults the age of 65 and above struggle with gum disease. Also, 1 in 5 adults experiences untreated tooth decay.

Gum Disease

People suffer gum disease when they fail to take care of their mouth. Not brushing or flossing as normal can lead to gum infection. Bacteria, plaque biofilm, and debris accumulate in the mouth, wreaking havoc on teeth and gums. Gum infection begins with gingivitis, which is mild and easily reversible. Gingivitis manifests with puffy or swollen gums, bad breath, tender gums, and easily bleeding gums when you floss or brush.

Gingivitis worsens to periodontitis whereby besides the gingivitis symptoms, patients have the inner gum and bone layer pulling away from the teeth, hence forming pockets. The pockets collect debris and become infected.


Decay arises when acids in plaque erode minerals in the hard, outer enamel. The erosion causes small openings or holes within the enamel, which is the first sign of cavities. After the enamel surface wears away, bacteria and acid attack the dentin, which is the next layer of the teeth after the enamel. At this point, decay has occurred.

Preventing Decay and Gum Disease

The most important thing is not to get treatment for the gum disease or decay, but to combat it in the first place. If you don't allow decay or gum disease to develop, then you won't need treatment. Nonetheless, if gum disease and decay have developed, you must see a dentist for repair or treatment. Even when you have no gum disease or decay, come visit our dentist. Gum disease can mask in the mouth because it may not bring pain, but our dentist can still catch it, though.

Goichi Shiotsu, DDS

Mercer Island, WA

2825 80th Ave SE Suite 3
Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985

Tuesday-Friday: 8am - 5pm

Copyright © 2016-2022 Goichi Shiotsu, DDS and WEO Media (Touchpoint Communications LLC). All rights reserved.  Sitemap
About Us | Goichi Shiotsu, DDS | Mercer Island, WA
Click here to learn more about us, Goichi Shiotsu, DDS! We strive to make our patients feel comfortable, especially during their first visits.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS, 2825 80th Ave SE, Suite 3, Mercer Island WA 98040 - (206) 232-3600 - - 12/4/2022 - Page Terms:dentist Mercer Island WA -