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Loose adult teeth: advice from your dentist

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As a child, there was nothing more exciting than a loose tooth. A loose tooth meant the prospect of it falling out shortly so that you may place it under the pillow, try desperately to fall asleep, and wake up to a shiny coin from the tooth fairy in the morning! What’s better than that? Sadly, loose adult teeth herald much more worry, frustration, and panic than a wobbly child’s tooth, as this means there could be something amiss. With no tooth waiting in the wings to take the place of the loose tooth, you’re risking a gap in your smile. Let’s explore some of the reasons a loose adult tooth could develop and what your dentist and dental hygienist can do to help you.

 

Causes of loose adult teeth

Injury or impact to your teeth is one of the accidental ways a tooth can become loose. A sports accident, trip and fall, or sudden shock impact can injure your tooth and cause it to become loose. These kinds of impacts could even damage the tooth root or jawbone enough to actually kill the tooth, leading to it needing extracting and replacing.

 

Gum disease is extremely common in the UK and one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. Loose teeth are incredibly common as a result of gum disease through a build-up of plaque and tartar resting at the foot of the teeth and atop the gum line. The irritated gum tissue begins to pull away and recede from the base of the teeth. This gives the teeth less support and reveals more of the hidden surfaces, leading to the becoming loose and wobbly.

 

Pregnancy instigates fluctuating hormone levels of oestrogen and progesterone, potentially resulting in loose teeth. These changes tend to resolve after pregnancy and they are entirely natural, but they’re definitely something that pregnant women should look out for. Regular dental check-ups are essential and strongly encouraged for pregnant women, so you should definitely visit your dentist.

 

Treating loose adult teeth at the dentist

Treating loose adult teeth always begins with visiting your dentist and your dental hygienist. If the structural integrity of your tooth is compromised by a cavity or there is plaque resting on the gum line, then these will need dental attention and treatment. Making an appointment with your dental hygienist, for example, will see your teeth professionally cleaned of plaque and tartar to better your gum health and therefore your teeth’s integrity.

 

At home care

Products such as anti-septic mouthwashes will help with the onset of gum disease too, therefore helping your teeth’s stability too. This will help to cleanse the mouth of plaque-causing bacteria. Also, flossing will help to combat gum disease, so make sure you floss daily and mouthwash daily, too.

 

Always trust the advice of your dentist in Lancaster when regarding your dental health, especially if you are encountering loose adult teeth. Saving a tooth is always preferable to removing or replacing it, so if you’re starting to see the signs of gum disease or tooth instability book your dentist appointment today with Viva Dental on 01524 735 431.

What your dentist wants you to know about smoking

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Smoking is incredibly common in the UK. It’s estimated that around 9.4 million adults in the UK smoke, but we’re willing to bet that not all of these people realise what it’s doing to their dental health. Our dentist in Lancaster wants to shed some light on what smoking could be doing to your health.

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When were dental implants invented?

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Like all good dental treatment, dental implants have been a long road of discovery and refinement. Before you could find reliable and permanent tooth implants in Lancaster, you could find them miles away in different countries and in much more different forms… They weren’t always the relatively risk-free and comfortable procedure they are now! When were dental implants invented, and when was the first tooth implant ever recorded?

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Why children’s dental care is so important

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You might think because milk teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth that their dental care isn’t vitally important. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Children’s dental care is so important to learning valuable life lessons, preventing health issues, and ensuring an easy transition into growing up.

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How to achieve white teeth this Christmas

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The cameras are out at Christmas time! Family get-togethers, work parties, and catch-ups with old friends means that numerous selfies and group photos will have you grinning from ear to ear. However, if you don’t feel confident in your teeth then these photo ops can be worrisome. What if your teeth look yellow, or gappy, or just unpleasant? We’re going to share with you our top tips on how to get white teeth this Christmas! 

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The health benefits of dental implants

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Dental implants replace missing teeth – this much we all know. They’re strong, they’re sturdy, and they blend into your smile effortlessly. They can seem like a big investment to some people both financially and in treatment time, so what other benefits do they have outside of simply looking good? While this is enough for some, there are also plenty of health benefits to having dental implants placed.

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How to recognise gum disease (and treat it!)

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It’s estimated that nearly every adult is currently experiencing or has experienced gum disease in one form or another. In whichever severity, be it the beginnings of gingivitis or the slightly scarier periodontitis, nearly everyone has been touched by it. The ironic thing about its commonality is that it is entirely preventable and treatable. Beginning with the mild gingivitis and worsening to threat of tooth loss with periodontitis, gum disease could be stopped in its tracks almost as soon as it begins. We believe many people don’t recognise or choose to ignore the symptoms of gum disease because they think it is nothing to worry about. We’re here to spread the word of good dentistry and share knowledge with you on the signs, causes, and prevention methods of gum disease.

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How to make the most of your teeth whitening treatment!

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So many of us want a brighter, whiter smile. Whether that’s from celebrity influence or an insecurity you’ve had for a considerable amount of time, it’s a very popular wish. White teeth look much healthier and youthful then stained, yellow teeth which can develop over time. At Viva Dental, we offer a teeth whitening treatment to transform your smile. But the results can only last as long as you look after your teeth once leaving our practice. The longevity of your results are very much dependent on which foods you choose to eat, what you decide to drink and the frequency of which you brush and clean your teeth.

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Good oral hygiene can help your overall health!

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It turns out that taking good care of your teeth and gums will do much more than just give you a healthy and bright smile! A healthy smile and a healthy body go hand-in-hand. Taking good care of your oral health can help to lower the risk of you developing many serious diseases and possibly, preserving your memory for many more years to come. This new research proves how important it is to not just take of our mouths, but to teach your little ones to always brush twice a day. And, if you’re tempted to shrug off your good oral hygiene habits, i.e. brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash, and seeing your dentist regularly, remember that you’re a role model for your children!

In this blog post, we’ll tell you all the surprising different health problems that taking care of your mouth can help you with.

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For cosmetic dentistry in the Lancaster, Kendal, Cornforth and Morecambe areas Viva Dental has a variety of cosmetic dental treatment options to suite every range of budgets. We offer our dental patients cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, white fillings, dental crowns, veneers, bridges, cosmetic dentures, adult orthodontics, clear braces, dental implants, root canal treatment and facial aesthetics with botox and dermal fillers at our dental practice in Lancaster, Kendal, Cornforth & Morecambe.

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