There are a number of warning signs that can be part of a bigger problem associated with your oral and overall health. Loose teeth are among those warning signs. If you have noticed your teeth moving easily or becoming loose, it is imperative that you make an appointment with Periodontist Dr. Richard Amato as soon as possible. Dr. Amato will be able to determine if your loose teeth are a sign of progressing gum disease or other oral health problems possibly leading to permanent damage and tooth loss. Dr. Amato offers gentle gum surgery in Monroe, CT.
Injury and trauma to the mouth can certainly cause loose teeth, but it is also likely that your loose teeth are a result of progressing gum disease, or periodontal disease. Bacterial infections in your mouth put you at risk for developing periodontal disease. This can cause the loss of the attachment structure in your mouth, destroying bone and gum tissue around your teeth. Without the appropriate amount of supporting structures keeping your teeth in place, the teeth can become loose and eventually fall out.
There are some signs and symptoms associated with loose teeth that may present themselves before your teeth are noticeably loose. You may experience sore or inflamed gums, bleeding gums, pus buildup around the tooth, food getting stuck easily between teeth or under your gums, gum recession and shifting teeth.
These signs and symptoms are not just indications of loose teeth, but are also indicators of an active infection in your mouth signaling severe gum disease. The damage caused in the early gingivitis stage of gum disease can be reversible, making it critical that you seek treatment as early as possible.
Follow a good oral hygiene routine daily and seek treatment for any other diseases and conditions that could affect your oral health. It is also important to eat healthy and exercise regularly to boost your immune system, keeping many diseases at bay.
Teeth in healthy adults should never become loose. Slight movements and shifting are signs that you should see Dr. Amato as soon as possible.