March 17, 2017
Most people are familiar with the fact that primary teeth, also referred to as baby teeth, tend to fall out between the ages of 6 and 12. After your permanent teeth come in, you should not have to fear about your tooth falling out. However, you might want to schedule a visit with your periodontist if you do notice some wiggling in your adult teeth and find yourself wondering, “Why do I have a loose tooth?” Here are some possible causes of tooth loss in Corpus Christi, TX.
Permanent teeth do not become loose or fall out for no reason. If one has become loose or come completely out of your mouth, then something caused it to happen.
- Gum Disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is the buildup of bacteria around the teeth and gums. Sometimes the gums become swollen and can make the teeth seem like they are loose. With proper cleaning and care, it is possible to get the gums and teeth back to normal and secure.
- Trauma. If your jaw or mouth gets hit by a strong force, it could knock a tooth or two loose. This is particularly a risk in high-contact sports, which is why it is important to wear safety gear such as a mouth guard. If you have recently experienced trauma to the mouth, see your periodontist right away.
- Pregnancy. Hormones produced during pregnancy can lead to changes in gum tissue and ligaments, making the teeth loose. This is one reason why it is a good idea to consult with your periodontist when you become pregnant.
- Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis affects the bones and reduces their overall density, which can naturally affect the teeth. Women with osteoporosis have increased risk of losing teeth.
What to Do If Your Permanent Teeth Are Loose
Any time you notice your teeth loosening, see your periodontist as soon as possible. If you are experiencing loose teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tilman Richards at Laser Periodontal Therapy by contacting our office in Corpus Christi, TX today.