As children, loose teeth meant that we would soon be richer, thanks to the tooth fairy. As adults, the tooth fairy is outdated. Now, we need and want to keep our teeth for a lifetime. Tooth mobility is typically a red flag for a dental problem, which may require immediate attention. There are numerous oral health conditions can cause tooth loosening.
Periodontal disease affects not only your gums but also the ligaments and bone surrounding and supporting your teeth.Periodontal disease is one of the most common causes for loose and shifting teeth. It all starts when the bacterial plaque that forms on your teeth around the gum line hardens into tartar because of inadequate brushing and flossing. As the tartar forms and more dental plaque forms on top of it, which contains bacterial toxins, the gum tissue becomes inflamed, bleeds easily and pulls away from your tooth. The gums can develop periodontal pockets that form around the tooth or teeth allowing more bacteria and toxins to form deep within the pocket. This can lead to the loss of bone and connective tissues that secure your teeth in place.
Here is the good news: You can avoid this disease, and you do not have to let it get to the point of developing periodontal pocketing and loose teeth. Good home care, including brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits twice a year are the keys to prevention. However, there have been many advances in treatments. Today, dentists and periodontists successfully treat their patients, even in advanced stages, with deep cleanings, periodontal surgeries and good periodontal maintenance protocols.
Tooth mobility is never a good sign, but you do not have to lose your teeth. At the first hint of a loose tooth, call Light Touch Dental Care immediately. After a thorough examination by Dr. Natalie Nechvatal, she can determine the cause and severity, and will present you with a treatment plan to save your teeth.