How to Tighten Loose Teeth Naturally?

Monika Singh   by Monika Singh, MS    Last updated on February 3, 2021,

How to fix a loose tooth at home?

Loose teeth among children are normal and not a matter of concern because their milky teeth get replaced by permanent teeth once they grow up. However in case of adults, having loose teeth is worrisome and may be an indication of an underlying disease or poor dental health.

There are many medical procedures for tightening the losse teeth in adults, however, they might be having some side effects. Therefore, home remedies can be a best option for tightening the loose teeth naturally without any side effects.

What Causes Loose Teeth?

There are many causes behind having loose teeth. Some of them are mentioned below:

Having gum diseases like periodontitis, characterized by inflammation of the gums.

Grinding of Teeth – clenching of teeth either in sleep or due to stress often tear down the tissues surrounding the teeth and lead to loose teeth.

Poor Dental Hygiene – this is one of the important causes of loose teeth. Poor dental hygiene weakens the teeth enamel, loosens the gums, and promotes the bacterial growth which together cause loose teeth.

Plaque – Accumulation of plaque over the teeth pulls the gums away from the teeth leading to loosening of teeth. It also forms gaps in the teeth that may cause tooth infection. Plaquetears down the tissues or bones supporting the teeth and ultimately leads to loose teeth.

Injury or Trauma – Any kind of dental or facial injury may lead to loosening of teeth. It has been commonly found that people with any history of tooth injury suffer from loosening of teeth.

Hormonal Changes – Certain hormonal changes caused during pregnancy often lead to loosening of teeth. However, it is not found in all pregnant women.

Osteroporosis – People suffering from osteoporosis often loss the bone density. Due to this condition the bones surrounding & supporting the teeth also become less dense and ultimately result in teeth loosening.

What Are the Symptoms of Loose Teeth?

Following are some of the common symptoms of teeth loosening:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Pain in the teeth
  • Pain in the gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Recession of the gums

How Can We Fix a Loose Tooth at Home?

There are many remedies which can be tried at home for treating loose teeth. Some remedies involve herbs for loose teeth while others involve spices. But each and every method is effective.

These remedies help to strengthen the gums along with your teeth. They also eliminate the harmful bacteria that are causing dental damage. Some of these home remedies to tighten loose teeth naturally are given below:

Oil Pulling

This includes use of certain oils such as virgin coconut oil, sesame oil, safflower oil and olive oil. Oils are beneficial in many ways because they help to:

  • Absorb all the impurities from every corner of the mouth
  • Kill harmful bacteria
  • Clear any build-up found on the teeth and gums
  • Tighten the loose and shaky tooth

The steps involved in the method for this remedy are:

  • Swish the oil around in the mouth before brushing the teeth in the morning for 10-15 minutes
  • Spit the oil out and rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water.
  • Brush the teeth.
  • Repeat the process every morning and before going to bed.


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Amla Powder

Amla or Indian gooseberry is effective in supporting the connective tissue. It also triggers the regeneration of new tissues and healing of old ones. It helps in teeth tightening.

The steps involved in the method for this remedy are:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon amla powder into a cup of water.
  • Rinse the mouth with the mixture.
  • Repeat the process once a day.
  • Avoid drinking or eating anything for an hour after this routine.


Garlic is very useful in treating loose teeth because it is an antimicrobial agent. It can kill harmful microbes which may cause loose teeth.

The steps involved in the method for this remedy are:

  • Take a garlic clove and slice it.
  • Place one or two pieces of garlic in between the gum of the affected tooth and inner cheek.
  • Leave it for 20-30 minutes.
  • Repeat the process twice or thrice in a day.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is effective in eliminating all the harmful microbes from the mouth which may be causing the infection, cavity and plaque.

The steps involved in the method for this remedy are:

  • Take a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide in the mouth and swish it around for a minute.
  • Spit it out.
  • Rinse the mouth with warm water several times.
  • Repeat this process twice a day.

Mustard Oil and Salt

Mustard oil and salt help strengthen the teeth and gums. A regular application may work wonders.

The steps involved in the method for this remedy are:

  • Add some drops of mustard oil to 1 teaspoon of salt and make a paste.
  • Massage this paste gently over the affected tooth and surrounding area for about a minute or two.
  • Rinse the mouth with warm water.
  • Repeat the process once a day.


Clove is a well known remedy for teeth pain and inflammation of gums. It helps to strengthen loose teeth and gums.

The steps involved in the method for this remedy are:

  • Take one clove and place it between the affected teeth.
  • Clove oil can also be used for massaging the gums.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil also helps to relieve pain and inflammation of gums. It is an effective remedy for treating shaking teeth.

The remedy is done as:

  • Massage gently with peppermint oil on your gums to get relief.
  • Repeat the process twice a day.

White Oak Bark Powder

This powder works as an antiseptic and astringent. It helps tightens the loose teeth and also treat the bleeding gums.

The steps involved in the method for this remedy are:

  • Take a pinch of powder with clean fingers.
  • Massage the powder on the affected area.
  • Rinse the mouth with clean warm water.
  • Repeat the process twice a day

Turmeric and Black Pepper

Turmeric is the most effective spice of Indian kitchen. When added with black pepper, its effectiveness doubles. The mixture of turmeric and black pepper helps to strengthen the gums and prevent loose teeth.

The steps involved in the method for this remedy are:

  • Take half teaspoon of turmeric and a half teaspoon of black pepper powder in a bowl.
  • Add some water to it and make a paste.
  • Massage the mixture gently on the gums for about 2 minutes.
  • Rinse the mouth with warm water.
  • Repeat the process daily.
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything for 30 minutes after using this remedy.

Calcium and Vitamin D

Calcium and vitamin D are essential for strong teeth and bones. Their deficiency can lead to poor dental health. And poor dental health may invite many unwanted things like loose and shaky teeth. Therefore, maintaining correct proportions of these minerals in the diet is very important.

If normal food cannot fulfill body's needs of these minerals then supplements are suggested by doctors. Supplementing your diet with these minerals will ensure that their levels are maintained in the body and no deterioration occurs in the teeth or the bones.

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What Preventive Measures Should Be Taken to Avoid Loose Teeth?

Besides using the home remedies against loose teeth, there are some preventive measures that can help us in avoiding the loosening of teeth. These include:

  • Regular brushing of teeth
  • Tooth splinting for grinding of teeth during night
  • Quitting smoking
  • Taking vitamin D and calcium in adequate amounts
  • Going for frequent dental checkups
  • Seeking medical advice while having medicines that may lead to teeth loosening
  • Having nutritious diet

Frequently Asked Questions

In some cases, it is possible to tighten back up the loose teeth. However, you should seek an immediate medical help as soon as you start noticing the symptoms of teeth loosening. Also, you should take care if you have a history of tooth or facial injury as it may lead to loose teeth.

Following are some of the measures for fixing wobbly teeth:

  • Bone grafts
  • Diabetes treatment
  • Soft tissue grafts
  • Using mouth rinses
  • Surgery
  • Using dental appliances like dental splints
  • Medications

You can prevent the loose teeth from falling out by bonding a splinting material across the back surfaces of the involved teeth. There is another way in which a small channel is made across the teeth through which a metallic bond is inserted to splint the teeth at place. The splint is used for a short duration till the gums heal.

The dentist fixes the loose teeth via splinting. Splinting helps in securing the loose teeth by bonding it with the nearby teeth. However, it is a temporary fix because composite splinting does not last for a longer duration.

Monika Singh

Monika Singh is an expert in computer sciences and has pursued her Master’s degree (M.Tech-CS) from Banasthali University, Rajasthan. Her areas of interest include data structure, software engineering, software testing, and computer graphics. Monika Singh has published a paper on “Modified AODV in MANET,” International Journal of Computer Science and Management Studies (IJCSMS), ISSN: 2231-5268, Vol-14, Issue-05 May 2014, PP:12-18.

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