Gum disease is a serious condition that should never be ignored. It not only affects your gum tissues, but your jaw bone and overall health as well. If you have one or more loose teeth, it’s likely that you have advanced gum disease known as periodontitis.
How Does Gum Disease Cause Loose Teeth?
Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue that occurs when plaque buildup doesn’t get removed during regular brushing and flossing. The accumulation of the sticky substance begins to pack itself underneath the gum, calcifying into hardened tartar, leaving an open pocket that collects germs and bacteria.
Gradually, infection spreads and the gum tissues become red, inflamed, and bleed easily. Eventually, the infection will cause detachment of the gum tissue and spread into the bone, which is the foundation that holds your teeth in place.
At this aggressive stage of gum disease, you’ll notice that your teeth have begun to loosen. What’s happening is that the infection is eating away at the bone, so the teeth aren’t being held as tightly as they once were.
The concept is very similar to a post that’s dug in the ground. If there is plenty of dirt (the bone) packed around the post (the tooth) it will be nice and firm. However, if you start removing the dirt, the post will begin to loosen. At a certain point, the post will fall out of the ground because there’s nothing left holding it in place.
Can You Prevent Tooth Loss from Gum Disease?
Fortunately, tooth loss from gum disease is preventable. The best action to take is practicing good oral hygiene and visiting our Encino dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist, it’s likely you have a good amount of buildup that needs to be cleaned away. The professionals of Encino Dental Studio in Encino, CA are here to help! Give us a call today and we’ll get you started back on the right track to healthy teeth and gums.