How To Strengthen Loose Teeth: Causes And Home Remedies

Medically reviewed by Dr. Thomas Connelly, DDS
by Atulya Satishkumar

It is a known fact that kids lose their milk teeth to give way to permanent teeth. While it is quite common in children, loose teeth in adults are a cause for worry. In the beginning, shaky teeth might make it difficult for you to eat anything. As time passes, the tissue surrounding them becomes swollen, red, and painful. Such problems call for immediate action. There are many reasons for loose or shaky teeth, such as oral diseases or the lack of oral hygiene.

In this article, we will highlight some of the common causes and potential natural remedies that could help manage the symptoms of loose teeth.

What Causes Your Teeth To Become Loose?

For many, loose tooth issues arise from gum problems and bone loss (1). It happens when periodontitis, an infection, destroys the bone and soft tissues supporting the teeth. Other reasons for shaky and loose teeth include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Gum disease with plaque
  • Dental injuries or fractures
  • Tooth decay from sugary foods (2)
  • Osteoporosis (3)

Although it is alarming, this condition is reversible. Let’s look at a few home remedies to set the wobbly tooth straight and make it strong.

Home Remedies For Loose Teeth

  1. Oil Pulling
  2. Amla Powder
  3. Calcium And Vitamin D Supplements
  4. Garlic
  5. Hydrogen Peroxide
  6. Mustard Oil And Honey
  7. Indian Redwood Bark Powder
  8. Turmeric And Long Pepper

1. Oil Pulling

The process of oil pulling or swishing the oil around in your mouth can help eliminate impurities by killing harmful microbes residing in the mouth. It can help maintain good oral hygiene and eliminate plaque (4). This may help fix loose teeth.

You Will Need

1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil (or sesame or olive oil)

What You Have To Do

  1. Before brushing your teeth in the morning, swish the oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Spit the oil out and rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water.
  3. Brush your teeth as usual.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every morning. You can also do it once again before going to bed.

2. Amla Powder

Amla or Indian gooseberry can help develop and support connective tissues (5). It can help in tissue regeneration and healing, leading to tightened teeth.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon amla powder
  • 1 cup of water

What You Have To Do

Mix the powder with water and rinse your mouth with this mixture. 

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a day.

Note: Do not drink or eat anything for an hour following your rinsing routine.

3. Calcium And Vitamin D Supplements

Calcium and vitamin D are essential for teeth and bone health. A deficiency of these nutrients can cause the deterioration of dental health, leading to loose and shaky teeth. Studies suggest that taking calcium and vitamin D supplements increases tooth retention (6).

You Will Need

Vitamin D and calcium supplements

What You Have To Do

Consume the supplements as prescribed by your physician.

How Often You Should Do This

Follow the dosage as prescribed.

4. Garlic

Garlic is a strong antimicrobial agent (7). If your loose tooth is caused by an infection, placing the garlic on it can help in getting rid of the harmful microbes over time.

You Will Need

A garlic clove

What You Have To Do

  1. Slice the garlic into thin slivers and place one or two of these in between the gum of the affected tooth and your inner cheek.
  2. Leave this on for as long as possible.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2-3 times a day.

5. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide thoroughly eliminates all bacteria present in and around the loose tooth (8). These microbes are one of the most common reasons for loose teeth as a result of infection, cavity, and/or plaque.

You Will Need

3% hydrogen peroxide solution

What You Have To Do

  1. Take a tablespoon or so of hydrogen peroxide solution in your mouth and swish it around for a minute.
  2. Spit it out and rinse your mouth with plain water.
  3. Follow this up with your regular teeth brushing.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice every day.

6. Mustard Oil And Honey

Mustard oil and honey are antibacterial agents with many potential benefits. A mixture of these natural ingredients can help strengthen gums and tighten loose teeth. This is usually used as an endodontic (related to the soft tissues in the tooth) medication owing to its antibacterial property (9).

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • A few drops of mustard oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the oil drops to the salt and make a paste.
  2. Massage this gently over the affected area as well as the surrounding area for a minute or two.
  3. Rinse your mouth with warm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this oil and salt paste once every day for 2-3 days, and then use it once every few days.

7. Indian Redwood Bark Powder

The resin present in the bark of this tree has been traditionally used to treat dental diseases and infections. Studies show that the bark extracts of Indian Redwood have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help to maintain oral hygiene(10).

You Will Need

Indian Redwood bark powder

What You Have To Do

  1. Take a pea-sized amount of the powder on a clean finger and massage the affected area with it.
  2. Rinse your mouth clean with water.
  3. You can add some black walnut powder to the bark powder for added benefits. 

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice daily.

8. Turmeric And Long Pepper

The active component of turmeric, known as curcumin, has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties (11). Massaging the teeth with ground turmeric can reduce pain and inflammation. Indian long pepper possesses analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that can also help eliminate the pain that arises at the affected site (12).

You Will Need

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon long pepper powder

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the powders and massage the mixture gently on your gums.
  2. After you have diligently massaged your gums for about two minutes, rinse the mixture.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this daily to make your teeth and gums stronger. 

Note: Ensure you don’t eat or drink for the next 30 minutes after using this powder.

These remedies are completely natural and might take a while to show results. We will now see how you can prevent the occurrence of loose teeth. 

Prevention Tips

Here are a few ways by which you can prevent your teeth from becoming loose:

  • Make it a habit to brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Apart from brushing, you must floss between your teeth regularly.
  • Avoid smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol.
  • Make sure to consult your dentist regularly to determine if you are maintaining good oral hygiene.
  • If you are into extreme sports, you must wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth.
  • Consult your doctor to see if you need to take vitamin D and calcium supplements to help prevent osteoporosis.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is key when it comes to dealing with loose and shaky teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, once in the morning, and once before you go to bed. You can also brush your teeth after every meal or use a mouthwash to remove any food remnants. Many dentists also recommend flossing to keep the teeth clean and bacteria-free. Seek medical help if the problem persists.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Is it normal for teeth to be loose after using braces?

Braces are meant to readjust the position of your teeth and align them properly. This implies that your teeth may feel loose with braces initially, but after you have completed your course of wearing braces, your teeth will no longer feel loose.

What is a splint for your teeth?

A dental splint is used to give extra support to loosened teeth until they heal. Lesser biting pressure is experienced after splinting, thus causing no damage to the already loosened teeth.

Is losing your teeth hereditary?

Certain issues, such as receding gums, which can be a genetic condition, can lead to loose teeth more often than usual. There are other genetic factors that can make you more prone to gum diseases and cavities. These can also lead to loose teeth.

How long does a loose tooth take to heal?

If the treatment involves the usage of splint to set your loose tooth, it can take between 3-8 weeks, depending on the severity of the case.

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Atulya Satishkumar

‘Techie by day, writer by night’ is how she described herself before embarking on the journey of writing. Her strong belief in the magic of the written word, coupled with a very keen eye for detail, helps her guide her team to create quality content. When she is not editing beauty, fashion, and lifestyle-related content, she writes prose and poetry, plays her ukulele (and/or guitar), and pets floofs.
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