Illustration of a patient complaining to his dentist about a loose tooth

How to Handle Loose Adult Teeth

August 29, 2023 9:13 pm

A wiggly baby tooth is normal at various stages of your child’s development. But for adults, a loose tooth is considered a dental emergency and is a major concern! Some of the common causes of loose teeth include:

  1. Trauma or Injury
  2. Accidents or injuries involving the mouth can cause teeth to become loose. Falls, impact during sports, or any trauma to the face can result in abnormal tooth mobility. If you experience dental trauma, it’s crucial to seek dental attention immediately.

  3. Gum Disease
  4. Periodontal disease can lead to gum recession and bone loss. Consequently, teeth may become loose and unstable. Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene practices can help prevent gum disease.

  5. Teeth Grinding
  6. Bruxism, the habit of grinding or clenching teeth, puts excessive pressure on the teeth and can cause them to become loose over time. Wearing an occlusal guard or bite split can protect the teeth during sleep.

How to Treat Loose Adult Teeth

If you experience loose adult teeth, it’s important to stay calm. Panicking can lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety! Schedule an emergency dentist appointment as soon as possible at Vero Dental. Until your visit, it’s best to avoid wiggling or pushing the loose tooth. Regularly rinse your mouth with water mixed with salt to reduce the risk of infection. Stick to soft foods, like yogurt and pasta, that don’t require much chewing and maintain your oral hygiene by brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing daily.

Emergency Dental Care at Vero Dental

For routine oral healthcare and dental emergencies like loose teeth, please contact Vero Dental today! Our knowledgeable team can help you pinpoint the cause of your loose tooth, treat it, and recommend changes you can make to help prevent it from occurring again in the future.


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