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A 50-year-old female asked:

My upper front teeth are feeling loose, what is causing them to loosen up?

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Dr. Richard Fuller
Dentistry 42 years experience
Gum disease?: A number of things could cause you to get loose teeth. Gum disease can cause the bone to disappear around the affected tootht. Also, an abcess or infection could cause bone loss. Heavy biting forces (grinding your teeth) could loosen teeth. Get to a dentist and an xray should tell what is happening.
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 54 years experience
Bite or gum disease: Most common causes would be grinding your teeth, abscesses or gum & bone disease. You need to see a dentist. Gum & bone disease is most likely cause. This is an infection caused by inadequate home care and passed to you by some one who has the infection. Treatment is governed by what stage the disease has progressed to.
Dr. Daniel Kubikian
Periodontics 20 years experience
Bone loss, trauma : Essentially, bone loss is commonly due to bacteria. Bacteria causing bone loss is called periodontal disease. In the upper front teeth, they may slightly "drop" which can lead the lower teeth to hit them slightly harder (trauma) resulting in an accentuating of bone loss and/or spaces forming between the teeth. There may be other reasons, but this is a common theme.
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 30 years experience
Check your bite: It may be the way your teeth come together or you grind your teeth in your sleep and have no idea you are doing it. It's easy for your dentist to check for things like that.

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