Why are my teeth loose or falling out?
Periodontal disease, formerly referred to as Pyorrhea, is a serious infection and the number one reason adults lose teeth. As it progresses, the infection can destroy the ligaments and bone that support your teeth. If you have periodontal disease, your gums may bleed when you brush or floss. Your gums may be soft, swollen or tender. Your gums may start to pull away from your teeth. Your teeth may become loose and you may have persistent bad breath. Most people who have periodontal disease are not even aware of it. The main cause of periodontal disease is the long term buildup of plaque. When left for as little as 2-3 days, plaque hardens into calculus or tartar. The long term buildup of this tartar will cause bone loss. Once lost, bone does not grow back on its own. With no bone to support them, teeth become loose. Though periodontal disease cannot be reversed, in many cases we are able to stop its progression and maintain your health.