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Q. Though my gum is healthy, I feel my teeth are loose. Please clarify.

Answered by
Dr. Naveen Thomas
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 28, 2018 and last reviewed on: Oct 14, 2020

Hi doctor,

I am 21 years old. It feels like my front six teeth are clicking. I saw a bit of blood whilst brushing my teeth, so flossed more rigorous than usual and now I feel like they are moving. My gums look healthy and I swilled with salt water as it is supposed to be good for healing. 7 years ago, this happened once when I got my braces off and the orthodontist told me that my teeth are settling. I do have a wisdom tooth coming out. Now, flossing seems to stabilize them and they only wobble after I eat. My dentist has previously said that my gums are healthy.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • You should keep using salt water gargle as much as possible.
  • Some mobility is common for a person who had braces in the past. Do not floss too much or too deep.

For further information consult a dentist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dentist

Thank you doctor,

This seems really bizarre. My wisdom tooth has come through since three months, so it just seems weird it would start affecting other teeth more now. It started all at once and has not stopped after flossing. If I push my tongue against them, they feel like they move, but I cannot see it. Will periodontal disease present with unhealthy and receding gums? Although, I do not have unhealthy gums, I have terrified myself that they are going to fall out.

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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • If you cannot see the mobility, but only feel it, then usually we dentist will not take it as an emergency as such mobility can occur for a few days to weeks depending upon our hormonal condition or wisdom tooth eruption or by periodontal disease.
  • Mobility in periodontal disease will be of a higher degree, which is visible to the naked eye.
  • Check whether there are some calculus deposits. If yes, then get them cleaned.
  • You should continue with the salt water gargle. Also, use good remineralization toothpaste if available.
  • Teeth will never fall out so easily at this age, so do not worry about it. There is no such disease or condition where it will just fall off without any specific reason.
  • Did you have any history of a fall or accident before, which might have caused injury to teeth?

Revert back with the answer to the above question to a dentist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dentist

Thank you doctor,

No, I have not had any falls, which might have caused this issue. My teeth had no mobility before flossing more thoroughly.

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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • You do not have to worry at all. Just observe for a week more whether there is any increase in mobility, which I am confident that there would not be.
  • You can avoid flossing if you think it is aggravating the problem.
  • Use salt water at least three times a day for a week.
  • Are you having your monthly periods currently? Hormonal changes can cause such temporary mobility.
  • I am sure that it will go away in a week's time. Take care.

Revert back after a week to a dentist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dentist

Thank you doctor,

You have been very reassuring. I just came off contraception. My teeth are not moving always. They move after eating and sometimes, if I catch my tongue against them. They first started moving because of flossing I think, but now they seem to get better with flossing.

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I could see the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • There is absolutely no problem with your teeth and your gums appear healthy. It was definitely caused due to hormonal changes.
  • It will go away on its own within two to three days. Keep a healthy diet and mild flossing.

For further information consult a dentist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dentist

Thank you so much doctor,

You have been so reassuring. Thank you for your patience. It is very kind of you. Have a good day.

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You are welcome and I am glad I could be of help to you. Spread the word if you are happy. Thank you.

For further doubts consult a dentist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dentist


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