Other than impact, there are other causes of loose adult teeth. These are often the cause of loose teeth in adults. While you are brushing or flossing, you may notice some looseness or your dentist may notice it during your routine checkup.
Either way, it’s often an indication of something that needs to be addressed.
1. Gum Disease
Among adults, the primary cause of loose teeth is advanced gum disease. It occurs when a bacterial infection caused by plaque build-up attacks your gums and surrounding tissue and bones. Without proper oral hygiene (brushing and flossing as recommended), tartar will build up in the spaces between teeth and gums. This then creates a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to infections.
Fortunately, gum disease can be treated, restoring your teeth to optimal health. However, if left untreated, it can cause your bones to deteriorate, weakening the support system for teeth.
When you are pregnant, the levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body will increase. When this happens, your periodontium (bones and ligaments that help keep teeth in place), can be affected, causing one or more teeth to become loose.
Fortunately, these symptoms will subside after pregnancy. If you notice a loose tooth during pregnancy, it is still important to visit a dentist to make sure gum disease is not the cause.