Loose Teeth and Their Causes

History tells us that as we age, there are a number of changes that take place within the body. Joints and muscles weaken, it becomes harder to maintain or lose weight, and you lose your teeth. One of these effects is not due to ageing at all, and in fact, takes place among a number of younger people every day. Loose teeth plague countless people, but it can be prevented by being proactive, and you can keep your teeth well into old age.

Causes of Loose Teeth

Teeth become loose because the supporting structure around them is weakened. The main cause of this can always be traced back to bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria that the mouth produces combine with sugars and create plaque, which can irritate the gums and cause the early stages of infections like gingivitis. If you are proactive early on, you can keep plaque from causing further damage. In many cases though it isn’t removed in a timely enough manner, and it hardens into tartar. This can cause further irritation and even separation of the gums from the teeth. Once this takes place, the bacteria that created the plaque in the first place has direct access to the roots of the teeth, and the supporting bone structure. At this point, bacteria can erode the bone around the teeth and cause them to become loose, and eventually fall out.

Knowing that the real cause of loose teeth is the bacteria of the mouth should come as a comfort to most because it means that there is something you can do to prevent it instead of waiting around for your teeth to fall out “naturally”. Preventing the eventuality of tooth loss is as simple as practicing good oral hygiene and preventing plaque buildup that leads to further damage. Sometimes oral hygiene itself is not enough, because a majority of the readily available products on store shelves include additives that can create a better environment for bacteria to grow. If you have a serious condition, or are serious about preventing one from occurring, look at what you’re putting in your mouth.

It’s likely that at some point in your life your dentist has told you about how good fluoride is for your teeth. In regard to loose teeth though, this is simply not true. Fluoride destroys the protein bonds in connective tissue cells. This includes the tissue that connects the gums to the teeth. What this means is that fluoride can essentially cause the gums to detach from the teeth and make them loose, and more prone to falling out.

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