Last updated on August 8th, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.