There are quite a few reasons why your teeth may shift around. It is important to find out why they are shifting so your smile and structure can be protected. Regular dental checkups are the best way to stay on top of shifting teeth, to find the reason for the shifting and to correct the issue. Here are the most common reasons and steps you can take to prevent shifting teeth.
This is one of the most harmful reasons. When cavities are left untreated, they do not just damage the one affected tooth. Damage spreads to the gums and causes teeth to become loose around the root. Over time, the teeth begin to shift into the loose areas of the gums. The best way to prevent cavities is to maintain good oral health with regular flossing, brushing, mouthwash and regular cleanings with your dentist.
Grinding of the Teeth
Excessive pressure gets applied to the tooth's structure when grinding takes place. This weakens the strength of the tooth and causes it to become loose under the gum line. It is the same concept as mentioned above. When teeth have room to move around, they will. One of the most common times for teeth grinding is when a person is sleeping. An effective solution to keep your teeth safe is to wear a properly fitted mouth guard at night.
Genetics Believe it or not, you may not have anything to do with why your teeth may be shifting around. A lot of people think the way teeth come in are the only contribution genetics plays in our oral development. But the truth is that the way your teeth shift can just be plain old genes. Good oral hygiene and regular appointments will allow your dentist to catch the beginning signs of shifting teeth and take the measures needed to treat them.
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Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS