The condition of teeth becoming loose is common in children – in these cases, there is no need to worry too much (if at all) because the loose teeth that will fall out will eventually be replaced with the permanent teeth. Loose teeth in children can be the result of minor accidents such as a fall or trauma to the face/mouth area; the loosening of teeth can also occur as part of the process of the milk teeth falling out, when they are ready to be replaced with adult (permanent) teeth.
Loose teeth in adults, however, are a different matter. Teeth that significantly start to loosen should be checked by a dentist as soon as possible – so that the condition does not have a chance to develop into something that can lead to tooth loss. Knowing about the causes of loose teeth can help you to avoid the problems associated with this condition, and help prevent the complications that may result from the loosening of teeth.
Causes of Loose Teeth
- Gum Disease – Gum disease, especially when not diagnosed or treated in its early stages, can lead to the development of loose teeth problems. Severe gum disease or periodontal disease can cause the gums to be stripped away; this condition can also cause part of the jaw bone to deteriorate and become worn away as well.
- Gum Infection – If left untreated, an infection or abscess in the gums can cause the teeth to become loose over a long period of time.
- Trauma or Accidents – Blunt force on the mouth or jaw area can loosen the way teeth are connected to the jaw bone and gums. In cases when the trauma to the area is excessive, the accident may even lead to the tooth being knocked out completely from the socket.
- Improper Teeth Alignment – Improperly aligned teeth can cause too much pressure to be exerted on the affected teeth. When teeth are exposed to constant and extreme pressure, they are more susceptible to becoming loosened with the passage of time.
- Teeth Grinding or Teeth Clenching – Unconscious teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) results to excessive pressure exerted on the affected teeth, causing these teeth to start becoming loose.
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