You’ve spent a lifetime caring for your teeth. You’ve brushed and flossed. You’ve polished and scaled. Maybe you’ve even worn braces, but if you ignore your investment, it could cost you your sparkly grin. A loose tooth is often the first sign that something’s amiss. That worrying wobble has a few potential causes, and treating them early could save your precious tooth.

1) Persistent Gingivitis

Are your gums tender and discoloured? You might have persistent gingivitis; a prequel to legitimate periodontal disease. If you’re lazy about caring for your gums with regular cleanings, careful brushing, and flossing, your gums might recede and cause a loose tooth. There is good news, though. You can reverse gingivitis by stepping up your daily routine.

2) Malposition of the Teeth

Malposition of the teeth can cause an irregular bite that puts too much pressure on one of your pearly whites, especially if you grind your teeth. Ligaments hold your smile in place, and they can stretch and loosen quite easily. Your dentist will try to correct the problem by making you a bite guard, but you’ll enjoy a more permanent solution by asking him to reshape your teeth.

3) Injuries to the Tooth

If you’re a sporty person who takes a regular knocking as an athlete, a traumatic injury could have caused your loose tooth. 84% of children don’t wear mouth guards, which keep your teeth in place and resist tears. If you have a cracked tooth, your dentist might be able to fix the problem. Fractured roots are a little harder to cure, but the faster you rush to the dentist, the easier it’ll be to treat. Injuries to the tooth aren’t always obvious, so you should always make a dentist appointment the moment you notice any pain.

4) Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a gum infection that wears away the tissue that keeps your teeth where they are. Do you have bleeding gums? Is chewing painful? Do your teeth feel sore when you eat hot or cold foods? You might need to take better care of your gums. If you haven’t maintained a good gum care program, a professional hygienist will need to clear away the tartar around your gums. If you smoke, have a dry mouth, or have an immune disorder, you might need a special water flosser to manage your loose tooth better.

5) Osteoporosis

If your bones are fragile, they’re more likely to crack and break. If you have osteoporosis, you might lose the alveolar bone responsible for keeping your teeth in place. You can add to your bone health by eating a calcium-enriched diet, taking your prescribed medication, and fixing bone loss through bone grafting. Today's procedures are less painful and time-consuming than you might think.

Loose teeth can almost always be rescued if you act quickly enough. Simply going for regular checkups will prevent tooth loss, finding problems long before they become incurable. Replacing teeth will cost you a pretty penny, so prevention is always better than cure.

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