Once we lose our baby teeth as kids, there is no hope of replacing our permanent teeth naturally. That is why it is rather important that we, as adults, take take care of our permanent teeth. Unfortunately, certain things can cause permanent teeth to loosen. There are various reasons for loose teeth in adults. The most common ones are trauma to the mouth, gingivitis, and teeth grinding. All of these conditions need to be treated by a dentist if you wish to keep your teeth.
Trauma to the mouth can be due to anything from a punch to falling on the stairs. If the blow to the mouth is strong enough, some teeth may come loose. In some cases, the loose teeth will become tight again on its own after a few weeks, but you have to be careful when chewing so as not to aggravate the situation. If the trauma is too great, a dentist will put a tooth splint to fix the loose teeth in place while the gums tighten around them.
Gingivitis is a common oral disease which affects the gums. This is perhaps the most common reason for loose teeth in adults as well. The cause of gingivitis is plaque build up, which results in swollen and tender gums. The good news is that gingivitis is easily prevented with good oral hygiene. If, however, you have the beginnings of gingivitis, you will need a dentist to get rid of the plaque so that the gums can heal.
Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding. This obviously puts a lot of undue stress on your teeth and must be stopped. A dentist will ask you to use a mouth guard when sleeping so as to avoid teeth grinding.