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When you were a child, having a loose tooth was a cause for celebration because you knew that a visit from the Tooth Fairy (and a little bit of spending money) was not far away. Once you’ve lost all your baby teeth, experiencing a loose tooth could be worrisome—and for good reason. It’s usually a warning sign that you have periodontitis, an advanced stage of gum disease. Devine Dentistry is here to explore what happens when a permanent tooth becomes loose, and how we can help.
Periodontal disease is the most common reason that a permanent tooth becomes loose
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, begins as a bacterial infection of your gum tissue. As it progresses into periodontitis, the disease does permanent damage to your teeth and mouth. Left untreated, periodontitis causes the surrounding gum tissue to shrink away from the teeth, and it starts to deteriorate the supporting bone structure around your teeth. Gum disease is one of the most widespread chronic diseases in the United States, affecting at least half of all adults over the age of 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At Devine Dentistry, your Nashville dentists Dr. Brian Devine and Russell Mack can treat periodontal disease in almost any stage. Our program of periodontal treatment includes laser therapy, which involves vaporizing the infected tissue; or repetitive therapy, which combines scaling and root planing.
Pregnancy can threaten your teeth
We have talked to you before about the importance of regular dental care during pregnancy. Pregnant women are more susceptible to oral health issues because of hormonal changes. The consequences of these hormone shifts can include alteration of the periodontium, referred to as the bones and ligaments that help hold your teeth in place. If the periodontium is hindered, one or more teeth may loosen.
If you sustain a blow to the face or get into a vehicular accident, this can do damage to your teeth and mouth. Your teeth may become chipped, cracked, or get knocked out of your mouth altogether—known as dental avulsion. You can harm your teeth due to any facial impact or fall. If this happens, schedule an appointment with your Nashville emergency dentist to make sure there has been no major damage done, and then to receive treatment.
How to prevent loose permanent teeth
As is the case with so many health concerns, prevention is your best defense. Want to lower your risk of gum disease and tooth loss? Then brush twice per day, floss daily, and see your dentist every six months recommended for a check-up. Worried about pregnancy affecting your dental health? Then maintain a regular schedule of appointments. Want to lower your risk of dental injuries? Some of these issues are unavoidable, but if you or a member of your family participates in any contact sport, then make sure that their equipment includes a sports guard to protect their teeth and mouth.
Devine Dentistry can meet all of these needs, and much more, as part of our comprehensive program of oral care. Learn more about our services by calling us at (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation if you live in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, or Nashville in Tennessee.