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Why Loose Teeth As An Adult Are Such a Concern


Posted on 11/10/2019 by Tricia Ramsay
Why Loose Teeth As An Adult Are Such a ConcernLoose teeth as an adult are a concern, because they may indicate disease and often the condition may be at an advanced stage.

When baby teeth fall, they're replaced by permanent teeth, but nature has made no such provision for replacement of permanent teeth. Therefore, it is imperative that adults take corrective action at the first sign of loose teeth.

Why Should I Be Worried About Loose Teeth?

Gum disease is one of the major causes of loose teeth. Bacteria accumulation under the gumline can loosen teeth, and once it begins it accelerates unless checked in time. The treatment for loose teeth due to periodontal disease includes deep gum cleaning and may involve splinting to shore up the loose teeth and give a chance to the gums to heal properly.

A mouth injury that loosens teeth needs immediate medical attention. A fall, a blow, or even an inflated airbag during a car accident can injure teeth and gums. Given time and care, gums will heal and once again grip loose teeth.

Pregnancy is a common life event for millions of American women, and not many may know, it can lead to loose teeth. This happens because of an increase in estrogen and progesterone levels during pregnancy. This is a cause for concern if the pregnant person is already suffering from periodontal issues. Then, tooth loss becomes a real possibility.

Loose teeth are a consideration for those on acid reflux medication because these drugs can lead to a loss of calcium. Other medicines may cause the mouth to go dry, thereby increasing the chances of periodontal disease. Bruxism, particularly during sleep, can cause the teeth to loosen over time.

Loose teeth need immediate attention otherwise the issue exacerbates and may result in avoidable tooth loss. A dentist's priority is to save natural teeth, and given a chance dentists can. We can help you with issues leading to loose teeth. Call us today.
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