Doing the Wiggle
Are your teeth feeling the dance craze known as “the wiggle?” While our bodies definitely benefit from movement, it’s another story for our pearly whites. Teeth that feel the need to get their wiggle on are telling you that there is a greater problem occurring in your mouth. There are a few potential reasons why your teeth (or tooth) would feel loose. We’ll put the spotlight on a few causes for you to consider.
Most Common Cause
Many people find it surprising to learn how common gum disease can be in adults. The CDC explains that nearly 50% of people over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. It is also the most common cause of tooth loss. Gum disease occurs when plaque accumulates on the teeth and spreads below the gum line to wreak some havoc. When left untreated, conditions worsen by affecting the bone and ligaments that help hold your teeth in place. This is why a tooth may get into the wiggly groove. If your gums bleed when brushing, appear red, or are receding, they likely are in need of some love and attention from professionals like us.
Just like gum disease, tooth decay cannot be treated without help from a dentist. When consuming sugary foods or beverages, acids are created and chomp away at enamel (a tooth’s surface) to create a hole. Once a cavity develops, it can spread over a greater area, affecting your gums, your tooth’s root, and the bones holding your teeth in place. In order to prevent cavities, try out our handy tips for keeping teeth clean even with sugar in your diet.
Can You Take the Pressure?
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, but even our teeth can only take so much. Situations like frequent teeth clenching, misaligned teeth, bad bites, or trauma caused by an accident can put a lot of pressure on our teeth. The force generated can really put the hurt on ligaments and bones that give our teeth that much-needed support. Even though your teeth can take on a lot, constant force is something you’ll want to address to keep your teeth as healthy and wiggle-free as possible.
Good ‘Ol Hormones
During pregnancy, teeth may feel a little wobbly. Progesterone and estrogen can cause ligaments and bone to loosen. While this shouldn’t be a continued problem after you give birth, pregnancy puts you at a greater risk of developing gingivitis, which can turn into gum disease. Be sure to keep up with your dental appointments even when you have a little one on the way.
When the Wiggle Cramps Your Style
If you’re feeling the annoyance of a pesky wiggly tooth, do your best to avoid messing with it until you can get in to see a dentist. You certainly want to avoid causing further issues. The key is to be as gentle as possible. Keep cleaning your teeth with a gentle touch and avoid foods that are hard or sticky. When you see the dentist, they’ll do a bit of detective work to figure out why the wiggly tooth has the nerve to cramp your style. From there, they can recommend the best option to help your teeth get into their regular rhythm.
Is a wiggling and wobbling tooth bothering you in your day-to-day life? Reach out to us today.