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Why do my teeth feel loose?

Unless you have been in an accident and had your teeth knocked, there is usually two reasons for the teeth feeling loose.

  1. loss of supporting bone, due to an abscess or gum infection
  2. heavy pressure on the teeth due to excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth

It is also possible for both conditions above to coexist. The teeth feeling loose is definitely abnormal and should be assessed as soon as possible.

Can my teeth be made a lighter shade?

Yes, it is possible to make the teeth look brighter in colour. In fact, nothing is impossible with current technology. The only decision you have to make is which option to follow. What we can do is spend time with you to outline all the available treatment options and help you decide which one best fits what you want to achieve in your mouth.

Is bleaching harmful to my teeth?

According to available research, bleaching is not harmful to your teeth if it is done properly. However, it is possible to cause nerve damage, receding gums and tooth sensitivity by improper bleaching. It is important to consult with your dentist before embarking on a bleaching program to establish if the gums and tooth nerves are healthy and stable.

Does smoking effect my dental health?

Smoking affects your whole system in various ways however the oral consequences of smoking are:

  • increased risk of oral and throat cancer
  • increased risk of developing damage to tissues due to gum infection and periodontal infection leading to loss of supporting bone around teeth

If you are a smoker, it is highly recommended that you follow a routine of frequent checkups every 4-6 months

Are baby teeth really important to my child?

Yes, baby teeth have another function apart from the obvious, (chewing food and speech), they act as space maintainers for the permanent teeth. Good oral hygiene and well scheduled checkups as well as the parents’ vigilance will help prevent the premature loss of the baby teeth.

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