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Loose tooth Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Loose tooth. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the loose tooth?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. History of trauma to face?

    Why: may suggest traumatic loosening of the tooth.

  3. What is the age of the person with the loose tooth?

    Why: The first twenty teeth arrive during the first two and a half years of life. The teeth are lost and replaced by thirty two permanent teeth between the ages of six and twenty years of life.

  4. Dental health?

    Why: when last saw a dentist?, dental care routine? Known dental caries? - may suggest gingivitis, periodontitis, Vincent's infection, dental abscess.

  5. Medical history?

    Why: e.g. leukemia , immunocompromised, malnutrition.

  6. Dietary history?

    Why: may indicate Scurvy if Vitamin C deficient which may cause gums to become swollen, teeth to become loose, drop out or become misaligned; malnutrition can increase the risk of Acute ulcerative gingivitis (Vincent's infection).

  7. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: increases risk of gingivitis.

  8. Bleeding gums?

    Why: may suggest gum disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis as the cause for loose tooth.

  9. Gum ulceration?

    Why: may suggest acute ulcerative gingivitis (Vincent's disease).

  10. Dry mouth (xerostomia)?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, certain drugs , Sjogren's syndrome, dehydration, anemia, HIV infection, irradiation - can increase the risk of dental caries and thus gingivitis and bleeding gums.

  11. Symptoms of gingivitis?

    Why: e.g. tender, red, swollen and bleeding gums - Gingivitis is an inflammatory process caused by failure to remove bacteria in the form of plaque from the tooth-gum junction.

  12. Symptoms of periodontitis?

    Why: e.g. inflammation of the gum and bone that supports the teeth due to bacterial plaque on the teeth. Features include tender, red swollen gums, loosening of the teeth and breakdown of the teeth.

  13. Symptoms of scurvy?

    Why: e.g. weakness, muscle pain, 'corkscrew hair', swollen spongy gums with bleeding and loosening of the teeth, spontaneous skin bruising, poor wound healing.

  14. Symptoms of Vincent's disease (acute ulcerative gingivitis)?

    Why: e.g. tender, red, swollen, bleeding and ulcerated gums - occurs in the malnourished person with poor dentition and also in the immunocompromised person.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Loose tooth:

The following list of conditions have 'Loose tooth' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Loose tooth:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Loose tooth' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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