Premature tooth loss can occur in children and adults for a variety of reasons. In adults, one of the most common causes of premature tooth loss is smoking, which can have an ongoing detrimental effect on teeth and gums.
Premature tooth loss in children can occur as a result of periodontal disease, injury, or other afflictions that may cause bone loss, such as diabetes. If a child loses a primary tooth, it may be an indication of premature tooth loss, and the child should be treated immediately by a dentist. Premature tooth loss could be an initial sign of a larger problem, such as bone fracture or other injuries to the jaw.
Proper oral hygiene and dental care, including regular cleanings, checkups, and usually dental sealants, are the best way to prevent premature tooth loss.