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Why Do My Teeth Feel Loose Sometimes?

Posted on 3/22/2021 by Pine Belt Periodontics
Why Do My Teeth Feel Loose Sometimes?Wiggly teeth usually excite children. It means receiving rewards from the tooth fairy, after all. However, as adults, noticing a loose tooth can cause people a great deal of stress. And it is quite obvious why. With your primary teeth all replaced by permanent teeth, you need to keep this set for life. Whether it affects one or multiple teeth, tooth mobility is not normal. Teeth that feel loose or move in their sockets usually signify an underlying dental problem.

If your teeth feel loose sometimes, Dr. Brian Pitfield and at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC can help identify and treat the underlying cause.

Here, we discuss some of the most common reasons why adults experience tooth mobility.


Osteoporosis is a bone disease that affects both men and women. However, women are more likely to develop this disease in their older years as compared to men. Osteoporosis results in the reduction of bone mass density. That is, it makes your bones porous and, thus, weak and fragile. Osteoporosis that spreads to your jawbone can eventually lead to teeth becoming loose and falling out.

Pregnancy Hormones

Another reason why women may experience tooth mobility is hormonal imbalance during pregnancy. The high levels of estrogen and progesterone during this period tend to loosen the ligaments that support your teeth. This is usually a temporary problem that your body overcomes naturally with time. Nonetheless, it is essential to get your teeth checked at least once during pregnancy, especially if they feel loose. Pregnant women are at high risk of developing gum diseases, and early intervention can help preserve your smile.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal diseases affect the gums and other soft tissues that surround and support your teeth. Gingivitis, periodontitis, and similar gum infections are the most common cause of shifting and loose teeth among adults. Other symptoms of periodontal diseases include plaque and tartar formation along with swollen, bleeding, or receding gums.

If your teeth are becoming loose or have started to shift from their usual place, visit us without delay. We can help you figure out the factors responsible for your tooth mobility and advice you on the next best step to take. Call (601) 255-9929 to book your appointment now.

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