Loose Tooth: Main Causes and 10 Best Ways to Treat It


Last updated on August 21st, 2019

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What It Means To Have A Loose Tooth

It happens to all of us sooner or later. You discover that you have a loose tooth. Depending on the cause, there are remedies to correct the problem. A loose tooth is not always the sign of something bad, either. Let us explain further.loose tooth

What Should I Do If My Front Teeth Feel Loose?

The short answer is to go and see a dentist. That’s because they are equipped to give you an accurate assessment of the cause of your loose teeth. If it is the result of disease (periodontal or an abscess) the infection can be treated. For trauma-related issues, wiring to adjacent teeth or a mouth guard may be required to help stabilize the loose tooth until bone solidifies around it.

What Causes a Permanent Tooth to Loosen?

Two words: Gum Disease. It’s a fact. Gum disease, or better known by the medical term of periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection. Where this infection becomes particularly lethal and bothersome is that it will attack the tissue that holds your teeth in place. Periodontal disease will eat away at gums, ligaments and bone. Once these items are weakened, teeth will not be held firmly. It results in loose teeth.

How To Get Rid Of Loose Teeth?

A deep cleaning by your dental professional is the best solution. This process will remove the mineral deposits that developed under the gum allowing it to become healthy and strong. You will also have to follow proper oral hygiene practices to prevent disease from returning. Another option is to have the loose tooth splinted to a healthy tooth until the bone holding the loose tooth is healed. As a last resort, loose teeth can be removed through dental extraction.

There is another possible cause of loose teeth that has nothing to do whatsoever with oral hygiene. It is related to forces beyond disease. In other words, if you happen to have severe clenching or grinding habits, you are going to work some teeth loose. Another outside force that is common for rattling teeth out of place is trauma. This can be in many forms but usually, result from an accident or some kind of sporting injury to the jaw or mouth region.

What Happens If You Have A Loose Tooth With Braces?

It is not uncommon to have a loose permanent tooth with braces simply because it is related to the treatment. Braces are a tool used to properly position teeth in your mouth. Teeth loosen as a result of the forces pulling on them from the braces which are normal.

10 Best Ways To Treat Loose Tooth (and To Strengthen Loose Teeth As Well)

From protecting baby teeth to preventing the growth of plaque and tartar, there are many ways to keep your teeth in great shape if you can’t always see a dental professional. The following suggestions are home remedies that can help you fight gum disease which can cause teeth to loosen. However, remember there is no substitute to the proper dental care you can receive with regular check ups with your local dentist.

  1. Oil Pulling

The idea here is to gargle with a mouthful of coconut, olive or sesame oil. Once you swish it around in your mouth for 20-minutes, spit it out. The oil will ‘pull’ out toxins that are associated with gum disease and threaten the tissue that keeps teeth in place.

  1. Vitamin C

In addition to taking this as a daily supplement, the powder form of calcium ascorbate is particularly helpful. You can apply the powder directly to gums to combat pain associated with damage to the periodontal ligament. Rinse the powder off after ten minutes.

Will A Loose Tooth Tighten Back Up?

There are actually two answers as to will a loose tooth tighten back up. It really depends on what caused the loose adult tooth in the first place. If it was due to a trauma of some kind, the tooth is very likely to tighten up once bone and gum tissue are completely healed. In case if the cause of the loose teeth is periodontal disease or if the trauma was of a major variety, the tooth is not likely to tighten back up in place. If you are unsure of the extent of damage to your loose teeth, your best solution will come from visiting a dental professional.
  1. Hydrogen Peroxide Mouth Wash

One great way to improve your oral health is with a mouth wash made with 3-percent hydrogen peroxide diluted in water. You can use this to rinse your teeth following each meal and it will not only fight gum disease, but it will also whiten yellowing teeth.

  1. Baking Soda

You can make a paste with baking soda and some water. Then all you have to do is massage it on and around gums and teeth. Rinse clean after a couple of minutes. Baking soda is a natural tooth cleaner and will provide a type of deep cleaning action.

READ MORE: Deep Dental Cleaning & Periodontal Maintenance (The Complete Guide)

  1. Bee Propolis

The natural ‘glue’ that bees use to hold together their hive cells is bee propolis. It is available in supplement or spray form. If you spray it over your teeth and gums, it will relieve pain felt in the gum tissue that could be associated with periodontal disease.

  1. Bone Broth

You can make bone broth by boiling chicken, lamb, beef or veal bones with vegetables, vinegar and additional spices. By drinking a cup or two of this nutrient-packed beverage, you can fight several tooth caused issues that could otherwise result in serious infection.

  1. Change of Diet

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Unless your loose tooth is the result of primary occlusal trauma, changing the foods you eat to help maintain a proper pH and alkaline balance is helpful. You can do this by adding more fruits and vegetables to your regular meals. Doing this will fight inflammation.

  1. Green Tea

The antioxidants in green tea help to strengthen teeth and gum tissue. There are also anti-inflammation properties in green tea that can reduce pain including pain associated with dental implant surgery. In fact, green tea is very effective in treating loose teeth.

  1. Aloe Vera

You can benefit from the anti-inflammation properties of Aloe Vera in a couple of ways. In gel form it can assist in healing damaged gum tissue resulting from bacterial plaque. All you have to do is massage it on your gums. As a juice it assists in boosting immunity.

  1. Essential Oils

Several different essential oils can help prevent loosening of adult teeth. They include Peppermint, Lemon and Eucalyptus. Dilute with water or coconut oil and massage into the gums. These oils will also help fight pain along with any wobbly tooth in adults.

How To Save A Loose Tooth From Falling Out?

If we had a dollar for each time we’ve heard this question. There is one very simple, preventative solution to keeping teeth from falling out. That is by preventing periodontal disease from developing in the first place. Proper oral hygiene habits will keep bone and gums healthy.


Do Loose Teeth Ever Tighten Up?

Yes and no. The only way to correctly answer this question is to properly identify what has caused the adult tooth to loosen. If the tooth is loose because of a sporting injury or an accident that caused trauma to the jaw and mouth area, the tooth will tighten after the injury heals.

However, should that injury be major, the likelihood of a complete recovery where loose teeth with tighten back in place are reduced. In cases such as this, the logical solution is to remove the teeth that are damaged through extraction and replacing them with dental appliances.

On the other hand, if your tooth is loose because of some form of gum disease, don’t expect it to fully recover. Again, this depends on the extent of the damage to bone and gum tissue. Periodontal disease can cause enough damage to tissue that teeth may never tighten completely.

Does Scaling And Polishing Make Teeth Weak?

This is actually a misconception. Scaling and polishing are treatments that do not remove any layers of teeth. Scaling is a treatment for periodontal disease and polishing is more of a cosmetic procedure. Teeth may have sensitivity following either treatment but that will subside.

As negative as this may sound, there is actually some good news that can come from all of this. Periodontal and other gum diseases are preventable.

This means that if you take good care of your adult teeth by brushing and flossing regularly, they will remain strong and healthy. Periodontal or gum disease is a pathological inflammatory condition of the gum and bone support (periodontal tissues) surrounding the teeth.

For advice on how to maintain proper oral hygiene, be sure to include regular visits to your dentist as part of your oral hygiene routine. Your dental professional will be able to identify the sign of dental disease and provide you with the tools to fight it from damaging your teeth.

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