Conditions That Affect The Number of Teeth
Tooth loss is a surprisingly common condition. And periodontal disease (aka gum disease) is the main reason adults lose their teeth. Luckily, prevention is possible. It involves brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
Other reasons for tooth loss include:
- Tooth decay
- Ectodermal dysplasia (a genetic disorder that can affect teeth)
- Gastrointestinal reflux (severe tooth erosion which causes stomach acid to come up into the mouth)
Beyond tooth loss, there's also a condition called tooth agenesis, where teeth are missing in the mouth. It can either appear as the absence of all teeth or as 1 to 6 or more teeth missing. This condition is genetic and rare.
There are also circumstances where extra teeth, or supernumerary teeth, appear in the mouth. The most common type of supernumerary tooth is an extra incisor located between two central incisors.
Now you know the deal about how many teeth we have. Typically, children have 20 teeth, and adults have 32 teeth (28 if the wisdom teeth are removed). Remember that each one of them needs your care, even baby teeth. There are some cases where the number of teeth varies, resulting from tooth loss, tooth agenesia, or having extra teeth. So keep up with your oral hygiene no matter how many teeth you have. It'll help make sure your teeth stay healthy and happy.