Losing a tooth as a child may be fun as it comes with a visit from the tooth fairy, but as an adult it’s a scary and more serious matter. A loose tooth is a sign of improper tooth care that could lead to losing the tooth altogether. We want to hold on to our teeth as long as we can and fortunately, loose teeth can be corrected if taken care of early. When a tooth becomes loose, many factors may contribute to its mobility, but there are four main conditions that cause loose teeth.
When brushing and flossing don’t remove plaque, gum disease (or, periodontal disease) can develop. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of loose teeth. It not only affects your gums but also the ligaments and bone that surround your teeth which may lead to loss of bone and connective tissue that secure your teeth in place.
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to weaken and become more susceptible to break or fracture easily. While osteoporosis more commonly affects the spine, hips, or wrists, it can also affect the bones in the jaw that support teeth. Although the disease affects both men and women, women with osteoporosis are three times more likely to experience tooth loss than women without the disease.
Injury to the Teeth
Trauma to the mouth from a fall or a hit can damage the ligaments and even the bone around the teeth. The result could lead to chipped or loose teeth.
Usually a temporary situation, high levels of progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy cause the ligaments and bones surrounding the teeth to loosen. These changes will likely resolve after pregnancy and are not cause for concern but pregnant women should visit their dentist to rule out gum disease and other oral health problems.
Having loose teeth is a sign something’s wrong, but you can avoid losing them altogether. Avoid loose teeth by practicing good oral care, including brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting the dentist twice a year. If you are experiencing loose teeth, contact Dr. Bruce Silva and schedule an appointment today.