Having a loose tooth as a child can be exciting; it signals that a child is growing and maturing, and means they will soon get a visit from the tooth fairy! However, a loose tooth as an adult can be alarming, because adult teeth are intended to be there for your whole life.
In this post, we’ll look at causes, treatment options and preventative measures that will give you the right information about loose teeth and what you can do to make sure your teeth are secure and healthy!
Causes Of Loose Adult Teeth
- Gum Disease – Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a common culprit of loose teeth and adults. Gum disease is typically caused by poor dental hygiene, which allows plaque to build up on teeth and gums. Gum disease is marked by inflammation and infection of the gums. When plaque sticks to teeth and hardens, it can cause gums to pull away from the teeth, creating gaps that are susceptible to infection. These infections can break down bone and tissue that support the teeth, causing them to loosen. If you experience any signs of gum disease — including painful, swollen, bleeding or red gums; gum recession; or changes in ways your teeth fit — you should talk with your dentist as soon as possible.
- Pregnancy – Pregnancy causes estrogen and progesterone to rise, which can negatively impact oral bones, tissue and the periodontium, which is specialized tissues that surround and support teeth. These tissues include the tooth sockets, the periodontal ligament, the cementum and the gums. These changes during pregnancy can cause teeth to become loose, but they often go away following pregnancy.
- Trauma And Injuries – Trauma or injuries to the teeth can damage them and cause them to become loose. Such trauma can include anything from car accidents to sports injuries that cause hard impacts to the face. Bruxism, or grinding of the teeth, can also put unnecessary stress on the teeth that can result in the loosening of teeth and nearby tissue. Headaches and/or pain in your jaw can be an indicator of involuntary tooth-grinding in your sleep, so consult with your dentist if you experience these types of pain and discomfort.
How To Prevent Loose Adult Teeth
There are a variety of treatment options for loose adult teeth, depending on the cause. These include scaling and root planing, surgery, medications, bone grafts, soft tissue grafts and the use of certain dental and occlusal devices. Cosmetic dental options like bridges and implants can also help replace a tooth that is lost.
However, the most effective method of avoiding the troubles that come with loose teeth is to prevent teeth from coming loose in the first place. Good dental hygiene habits are essential for avoiding loose teeth, as regular brushing twice a day, flossing, and attending dental visits will help reduce the buildup of plaque and decrease the risk of teeth loosening.
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