We live in a world where strong healthy teeth are a prized possession so it's no wonder people go to great lengths to enhance their teeth because, after all, it's one of the first things that people often notice about us.
What if your teeth aren't as healthy as you thought and you've noticed that one of them has started to feel loose? If this is what you are experiencing right now, understandably, you'll want to know why it's happening and what can be done about it. So, let's look at some of the common causes and solutions to an adult tooth feeling loose.
Gum disease is the most common cause of loose teeth. It's caused by a build-up of bacteria and tartar around the gum line, which over time erodes away the tissue and bone. If this is the reason behind your loose tooth there are two things which can improve it. A deep clean is ideal and can fix the problem if the tooth is a little loose but in the case of a very loose tooth, the best form of treatment would be a splinting procedure as this supports the damaged tooth while the gums strengthen and heal around it.
Any trauma directly to the mouth or lower face can impact on your teeth and cause them to loosen. If your mobile tooth is a result of an injury of this kind, you may be tempted to wiggle it with your tongue. Try to refrain from doing this because it will only loosen it further. If you can leave it alone, the gum supporting the tooth should heal thus securing the tooth back into position.
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Grinding your teeth on a regular basis will not only damage the enamel around the tooth but over time it can loosen them as well. Many people who grind their teeth do it at night while they are sleeping. If this is the case it's best to wear a mouthguard at night as this will prevent further damage to your teeth and allow them to heal and repair.
Osteoporosis is a condition which is usually seen in women over the age of fifty. The disease affects bone density, causing bones and gums to weaken. This typically affects the bone in the gums and as a result, can lead to receding gums and even tooth loss. The best course of preventative action is to increase your calcium intake through foods or supplements as this will help to strengthen your jaw.
While prescribed medications are often beneficial, there can be side effects. Both prescribed steroids and acid reflux medications have been shown to cause calcium deficiencies which can weaken the jaw. If you suspect that a medication is affecting your teeth, discuss it with your physician and dentist to see what can be done.
During pregnancy, a woman's hormones change and the surge of estrogen and progesterone can negatively impact the gums, causing teeth to become less rigid. While it is a cause for concern, the good news is that it's often temporary. Once you have had your baby and your hormones start to settle down, your gums should be restored to their pre-pregnancy state.
Visit Your Dentist
If one of your teeth has loosened it's always best to go and see your dentist. They will be able to examine and monitor the damaged area and recommend the best course of action.