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Baby teeth are supposed to fall off and give way to permanent teeth. However, when the same thing happens to adults and permanent teeth become loose this is not normal and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

So can a loose tooth be fixed? Short answer, yes. Having a loose tooth does not automatically mean that you will lose the tooth. With the help of a good dentist, a loose tooth can easily be saved in most cases. However, the chances of a loose tooth getting better by itself are very slim. This is why it is so important to make an appointment with your dentist immediately you notice that your tooth has become loose.

So What Are Some Of The Causes Of Loose Teeth In Adults?

Permanent teeth in adults can become loose due to a number of reasons. Your dentist will tell you what has caused your loose teeth when you are in the chair with them. That being said, here are some of the main causes of loose teeth in adults:

1. Gum disease

This is one of the most common causes of loose teeth. When you have gum disease, bacteria build up in your gums causing them to recede from the tooth, making it hard for them to hold the tooth in place. Sometimes these bacteria can also damage the root of the tooth or even the bone itself.

If gum disease is the cause of the weak tooth, treating the underlying cause of the problem is the most important step in getting the loose tooth fixed. Often, this requires that your gums get deeply cleaned and treated to kill any bacteria in them while also getting rid of the plaque below the gum-line. Only then can the loose tooth be stabilised.

2. Trauma or injuries due to accidents, sports or fights

Depending on the extent of the damage, there is a good chance that a loose tooth due to trauma or injury can be saved. Even if you have a very loose tooth, if you get to the dentist on time it is possible to save it. This is why it is very important to get to your dentist as soon as possible in the event of an accident or injury.

3. Excessive stress to the teeth due to grinding or clenching

Clenching or grinding your teeth too hard upon themselves can damage the ligaments that attach the teeth to the bone. Grinding your teeth when you sleep, called bruxism, is a common problem that many people go through. It is a major cause of loose teeth, especially if you have a gum infection or if your teeth have been weakened by decay. Luckily, the damaged ligaments beneath the teeth can be repaired. If you seek help immediately you notice a loose tooth, and if your gums are healthy, a dentist can easily strengthen these ligaments once again with.

So How Do Dentists Fix Loose Teeth?

One of the most common solutions for stabilizing loose teeth in adults is attaching them to neighbouring teeth. This procedure is called splinting and is a temporary solution that takes care of the problem for a few weeks. Splinting helps the gums around the loose tooth to heal and the ligaments beneath the tooth to strengthen around it. The tooth splint is made of resin and wire, which the dentist uses to attach the loose tooth to a neighbouring healthy tooth. Sometimes, an additional plastic splint may be added to further support the loose tooth.

If you have bruxism, your dentist will also recommend a night guard after your loose tooth has been fixed. A removable night guard can go a long way in reducing the effects of bruxism. The night guard also gives the ligaments and gums time to heal while also protecting the teeth and any dental work that has been done.

Are There Cases When Loose Teeth Can’t Be Saved?

Yes. Sometimes, especially if you have extensive damage due to gum disease, your dentist may be unable to save your tooth. If your tooth has also been severely damaged, your dentist may also have no other choice than to pull it out. After your tooth has been extracted, the space left will be filled with an implant or bridge.

Luckily, today’s advances in technology in the dentistry industry have made it possible to save most cases of loose teeth. It is now more likely than ever that your loose tooth will be saved, particularly if you have healthy gums and you make a dentist appointment as soon as possible.

What To Do If You Have A Loose Tooth

1. Give Us A Call

Give us a call here at Aesthetika Dental Studio and make an appointment if you notice that you have a loose tooth. We will advice you on the best course of action.

2. Leave Your Loose Tooth Alone

If you notice that your tooth is loose, do not push it, pull it or wiggle it around with your tongue or finger. Although it may be tempting to do so, you need to resist this urge because it will only further weaken the tooth. If you have been told that the tooth will be removed, do not try to do it yourself. Permanent teeth are more strongly attached to their roots and to the bone than baby teeth. Trying to pull one out runs the risk of over-bleeding, getting infected, or breaking off a piece of the tooth in the socket. Let professionals pull out the tooth.

3. Treat The Tooth Nicely

Do not bite into hard surfaces or foods. Avoid crunchy foods, sticky foods, fruits like apples that need to be bitten into, and foods that tend to stick in your teeth like popcorn. Eat only soft foods. You also need to keep the tooth clean by rinsing your mouth gently with salty water.

Final Thoughts

Hoping that your tooth will heal on its own is frankly a very dumb strategy to take. This almost always leads to the tooth falling off completely. If you feel like something is wrong, do not gamble, make an appointment with your dentist and get your tooth checked out. As you wait for your appointment date, be gentle with that tooth. Eat soft foods, brush with a soft-bristled brush, and rinse your mouth with salt water regularly to keep the area clean and disinfected. As a rule of thumb, the earlier you see your dentist, the higher the chances that he will save your tooth.

People Also Ask:

1. What Do I Do If I Have A Loose Permanent Tooth?

Simple answer: make a dentist appointment. Getting a loose tooth checked out by a dentist is the surest way to save it. The first thing you need to do is call your dentist, then follow his instructions to the latter as you wait for your appointment.

2. Can Receding Gums Grow Back On Their Own?

Gum tissue is different from other body tissues like skin tissue or muscle tissue. Receding gums are gums that have pulled away from the tooth, exposing its roots. They do not grow back, and you need to consult your dentist for a solution if you are experiencing this issue.

3. Why Do My Teeth Feel Loose?

If your teeth feel loose, it is likely due to one of three main causes: gum disease, trauma or bruxism. Of these, gum disease is the most common cause. Gum disease occurs when pockets of bacteria are created between the tooth and the gums, causing them to recede and make the tooth loose. However, the only way to know for sure the reasons behind your loose teeth is to have them checked out by your dentist.

4. How Can I Prevent Loose Teeth?

The best way to stop yourself from having loose teeth is by preventing the most common cause of it: gum disease. You can do this by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly to prevent plaque build up between your teeth, and visiting your dentist at least twice a year. If you do this, you will never suffer from loose teeth due to gum disease. Furthermore, your teeth will be strong enough to stop themselves from getting loose because of other factors such as trauma and bruxism.


Veneers are the perfect solution for you if you want to gain that beautiful smile that you have always wanted. They work for people with tooth decay, uneven bites and severely stained teeth. Veneers that are of a high quality and placed by an experienced dentist can last for a surprisingly long time with proper care.

So how long do veneers last? While being very durable, veneers are not permanent. They usually last for between 10 and 15 years. During these time, they may still require a few cosmetic repairs.

The most common type of veneers is porcelain veneers. These are typically thin shells of medically treated ceramic that are attached to the surface of teeth. They are usually custom made for each individual patient and look as close to natural teeth as possible.

Veneers are used for a variety of dental issues. They may be used for cosmetic dental corrections, teeth whitening or even orthodontic adjustments. These include chipped teeth, cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, misaligned teeth and discolouration. This, along with being almost lifelike, makes veneers one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures.

A Short History Of Veneers

In the 1920s, Dr Charles Pincus, a Hollywood dentist, came up with the idea of using veneers to give actors and actresses brighter smiles on screen. He used temporary fronts on the teeth of stars which gave them bright smiles. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that Dr Michael Bunocore created a stronger bonding solution which made it possible to affix the porcelain for longer. In 1982, JR Calamia and RJ Simonsen used the techniques of Dr Michael Bunocore, making veneers last even longer while also making them available to everyone.

Today, veneers are more lifelike than ever. Technological innovations have made them stronger, and it is now possible to recreate nearly perfect dental matches within a very short time by using digital imaging systems.

What Can Damage Veneers?

Veneers can be damaged through accidents, natural wear or even your diet. These damages significantly shorten the lifespan of the veneers. As a rule of thumb, anything that can damage natural teeth can also damage your veneers.

According to the American Dental Association, veneers can be stained just like natural teeth through exposure to some foods and drinks like coffee, tea and wine. They can also chip and crack just like natural teeth especially when you bite down on very hard foods. Luckily, good dental professionals can easily fix these damages.

Reasons Why Veneers May Not Be The Right Choice For You

For you to get veneers, you need to have healthy gums and teeth. If you have any prior underlying dental issues such as tooth decay, root canal infection or gum disease, you may not qualify for veneers. Patients with such issues need to be treated for them first before being cleared for any cosmetic enhancement.

If you want to get veneers, you need to understand that the procedure is irreversible. The dentist has to shave your enamel or remove a layer of enamel from it before attaching the veneer. Once this is done, you will need to replace the veneers or find an alternative restoration procedure to take their place. Your teeth can no longer be naturally exposed, as the enamel has been weakened. This means that the decision to get veneers placed should not be taken lightly.

For some patients, stronger replacement ceramics may be required after their veneers get damaged. Some of these cases include patients who suffer from bruxism and those who play contact sports. Your dentist need s to evaluate your case individually and offer his recommendations.

So What Can You Do To Make Your Veneers Last Longer?

The natural lifespan of veneers is 10-15 years. Although there is nothing you can do to increase this number, it can significantly be shortened if you do not take care of your veneers as you should. Treating them well and following the guidelines set by your dentist is the only way to get the most out of your veneers before you have to replace them at the end of their natural lifespan.

Getting veneers placed can be quite an investment, so if you want to get your money’s worth out of it, you need to make sure that they last for as long as possible. You need to follow your dentist’s directions to the latter. That being said, here are a few general tips on how to properly care for your veneers:

1. Your Teeth Are Not Tools.

Your Teeth are not replacement scissors or bottle openers or heaven knows what else. Almost everyone is guilty of taking this shortcut when faced with a loose string or a simple knot that needs cutting. However, once you have veneers placed, you can no longer indulge in this guilty pleasure. This is one of the fastest ways to chip a veneer, so if you want them to last, do not use your teeth as tools.

2. You Cannot Go Wrong With Good Oral Hygiene Practices.

Veneers stain just like normal teeth do. The foods you eat are the primary sources of these stains, so you need to watch what you eat. Drinks like tea, coffee and wine need to be taken in moderation. Also, remember to brush your teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for your semi-annual checkup and clean up.

3. Don’t Grind Your Teeth.

If you have the bad habit of grinding your teeth when you sleep or clenching them when you are concentrating on something, you need to talk to your dentist about it and how it can affect your veneers. Bruxism, or grinding your teeth in your sleep, can severely shorten the lifespan of your veneers. You can easily fix the issue by using a mouth guard at night.

4. If You Play Contact Sports, Wear Oral Protection.

The same goes for any activity that may result in impacts to the face. Make sure you have a mouth guard on because these activities can easily lead to chipped or cracked veneers.

Do Veneers Hurt?

Veneers look and feel as natural as normal teeth. They should not be uncomfortable or painful, and you should definitely talk to your dentist if you experience any discomfort.

Most patients also often wonder whether the process of getting veneers placed hurts. Before your veneers are placed, your teeth need to be filed down. This process is mildly uncomfortable, but it is not painful. Furthermore, every good dentist will do their best to make your experience as comfortable as possible. For patients with dental phobia, sedation may be offered if it is necessary. However, typically, the process is totally pain-free and sedation is not needed.

So How Much Do Veneers Cost?

The cost of veneers usually differs from patient to patient. Some of the causes of these variations include the number of teeth that need veneers, the type of veneers used, placement procedures, the location of the dental practice, and the experience of the dentist. All these factors act together to influence the final cost of the procedure. Typically, veneers can be quite expensive, costing several hundred dollars per tooth. This is one of the main reasons why you need to take good care of them.

Final Thoughts

Veneers can last a really long time if you take care of them well. Although they are one of the fastest ways to get that perfect smile, you need to properly take care of them if you want to get the most out of them. Otherwise, you will have to do frequent and expensive repairs, and nobody wants that.

People Also Ask:

1. How Long Do Veneers Last On Front Teeth?

Veneers on front teeth are often the most susceptible to damage. This is because they are the primary points of contact with everything, from staining foods to impacts to the face. However, with proper care and by following the tips above, there is no reason why they should not for over a decade.

2. How Long Does It Take To Get Veneers Fitted?

The process of veneer fitting form initial consultation to final placement usually takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks. The first stage immediately after the initial consultation is having temporary veneers made. Your teeth will then be prepared and your temporary veneers placed. Finally, your custom veneers will be fabricated. This entire process happens over two to three visits.

3. Are Temporary Veneers Really Necessary?

During the veneer fitting process, some patients usually wonder why they can’t skip the temporary veneer stage and go right to getting their custom veneers fabricated. Well, temporary veneers are essential for two main reasons. First, they help our patients get a general idea of what the final custom veneers will look and feel like. If there are any issues, it is easier to make changes at this stage. Secondly, they help protect your teeth until the final veneers are placed.

4. Are Veneers Permanent?

No. Veneers are not a permanent replacement for teeth. Although they can last for over a decade, they still naturally wear and need to be replaced. Furthermore, during these time, they may still require a few cosmetic repairs, depending on how you use them.


Whether it be through old age or simply not taking care of your oral health properly, losing teeth is perhaps more common than you might think.Whilst incidences of adult tooth loss have significantly decreased since the 1970’s due to better healthcare, tooth loss does still occur. But, if you’ve experienced tooth loss and haven’t yet done anything to replace them, it’s essential you’re aware of the potential damage you could be causing.Eating without dentures or implants can be dangerous to not just your mouth, but your body too. Many underestimate the importance of teeth (especially if they’ve just lost one or two), and simply continue eating without them.Whilst this is extremely tempting and, over time, easy to develop a skill for, it’s important to consider the irreversible damage you could be causing. 

Pressure on Gums & Jaw

When chewing food in an area of your mouth without teeth, you’re inadvertently placing an unnatural amount of pressure on your gums and jaw.Food must be chewed properly to be safely swallowed. And, when teeth are missing, the gums and jaw have to work extra hard to ensure this happens.In time, the surrounding teeth and gums will become very sore and irritated, significantly increasing your risk of developing infection. Your jawbone will also suffer due to this pressure change, becoming more prone to fractures and permanent joint disorders.Even softer foods will become more difficult to chew if you continue with this habit, creating a vicious cycle that’s simply not going to resolve unless you replace your missing teeth. 

Bone Loss

Whilst only likely to happen if you consistently eat without implants or dentures for a long period of time, the risk of bone loss is definitely something you should take note of.Using your gums to chew can wear away the corresponding bone ridges of the jawline. Each time you chew, bite or clench on food, the ridge will experience pressure it’s simply not used to. This will cause the bone to eventually recede, resulting in permanent bone loss.And, to add insult to injury, if bone loss becomes too severe, receiving implants may be unsuccessful as the bone needs to be stable enough to accommodate them. 

Gastrointestinal Issues

The risks of eating without teeth stretch further than just the mouth.Failing to properly chew food to the same degree a full mouth of teeth would can lead to significant gastrointestinal problems once the food reaches the digestive system. If food pieces are simply too big to be broken down properly, this causes ‘incomplete digestion’.The full nutritional value won’t be absorbed by your body and, once the incompletely-digested food reaches the colon, a much greater volume of bacteria is likely to develop. 

The solution?

Replace your missing teeth!Whilst the above risks are unlikely to occur if you spend a mere couple of weeks eating whilst missing a couple of teeth, they’re almost guaranteed to arise if you leave replacing them for too long.Here at Aesthetika Dental Studio, we offer extremely durable dental implants specifically designed to look and feel like natural teeth – giving you the freedom to eat whatever you want without any risks!Get in touch today to discuss treatment options with one of our oral health experts. Aesthetika Dental Studio. 


Bananas are healthy. Strawberries are healthy. Mangos are healthy. There’s a theme here… Fruit is healthy. So why when putting a couple of these fruits together in a blender, are we suddenly faced with health warnings from the likes of the Oral Health Foundation, who claim fruit juices and smoothies could be leading to irreversible damage to the nation’s teeth?The concern lies within moderation. And like most things, too much of a ‘good thing’ doesn’t necessarily make for the best, or healthiest decision. Take nutrition and exercise as an example.If someone wants to lose weight, you may expect that person to join a gym and train 4/5 times a week. You may also expect them to diet. Typically when we think diet, we think salads. Now if that person goes to the extreme, and eats nothing but salad for a week, that person will begin to feel tired and lack energy. A diet of just salads gives deficiencies within protein and carbohydrate intake – both of which supply the body with the vital energy needed to exercise.That person then begins to feel weak and will naturally crave sugars to boost energy levels. To satisfy these cravings that person will more than likely end up binge eating on readily available ‘snack food’ to satisfy the cravings. So to use salads as a metaphor, ‘too much salad’ can actually have an adverse affect on someone losing weight.Back to the fruit. Fruits contain a variety of nutrients, antioxidants and high levels of natural sugars. The good news… These natural sugars give our bodies energy. The bad news… sugar is bad for our teeth. So what can we do? We need to find a balance.Every time we eat or drink something acidic, the enamel of our teeth softens and some of the tooth’s mineral content will be lost. And with some fruit juices and smoothies containing up to four times the recommended daily amount of sugar, you can see where the issue lie.Many of us might opt for a banana or apple to accompany our breakfast, and some mango or kiwi fruit for lunch. Add on top of this a mid-morning smoothie and all of a sudden our daily sugar intake has sky rocketed. Just like the salad scenario, too much fruit is a having an adverse affect on our health.So what is our recommendation? In a word – water. 2 litres of water a day to be precise (not in one sitting!). Doing so is not only a healthy option for teeth and gums, but drinking water at regular intervals throughout the day boosts metabolism, hydrates skin and improves digestion.So to conclude. Should you stop eating fruit altogether? No, certainly not – but moderation is key. Should you stop drinking smoothies and fruit juice? Yes. Replacing with water and the benefits are endless…Don’t forget to ‘Like’ our Facebook page for more information and tips on how you should be caring for you and your family’s oral health.Whether an existing patient of ours, or whether you have not had a chance to visit Aesthetika Dental Studio yet, please do get in contact here if you’d like to arrange a dental check-up where we can discuss any concerns you may have over your dental regime.Aesthetika Dental Studio.


It’s one of those things. We’ve all been guilty of it at least once. And at the time, the embarrassment… well let’s just say we avoid confined spaces with others until we’re back at home with a toothbrush in hand, at all costs!And it’s not necessarily caused through lack of cleaning, or a poor oral hygiene routine. Instead, more often than not, bad breath is caused by that extra cup of coffee we had at breakfast, that tuna sandwich we had at lunch (and they said tuna was good for us!), or that extra garlicky curry we ate for dinner.Saying that, regardless of what causes bad breath the outcome is the same. Embarrassment and dread. So if the dreaded bad breathe does catch us out, what can we do to stop us from running to the nearest exit and avoiding human contact at all cost?Well we’ve put together five handy tips that should help you avoid getting in that situation in the first place!1. First the basics – 2:2Because we can’t say this enough. It’s vital not just for the smell of your breath, but for your oral hygiene itself, that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once daily. Finally rinse with mouthwash to get rid of pieces of food that get stuck between your teeth and gums.If this excess food is left then you can expect excessive build-up of plague. And it turn (you guessed it), this build-up of plague will inevitably cause bad breath.2. Don’t forget your tongueThe tongue has the heaviest bacterial amount of any part of your mouth. Nevertheless many people don’t take the time to clean their tongue. There’s no surprise that overtime, if not cleaned properly, this bacteria can build-up to cause severe cases of bad breath.Bonus tip – If possible try to use a separate toothbrush or a tongue scraper to lightly brush and clean your tongue. This avoids spreading any bacteria from your tongue to your teeth and gums.3. Choose tea over coffeeBy no means are we saying ditch the coffee completely. After all, morning coffee is a ritual in our house! We’re simply talking about moderation here. Any more than two or three cups of coffee in a row, especially without drinking water alongside, then you can expect bad breath.With bad breath and coffee it’s not so much the smell of the coffee beans, more so the drink itself creates a favourable environment for oral bacterial growth.Coffee also has a drying effect, which reduces saliva flow and allows foul-smelling bacteria to linger longer. Hence why it can be even worse without adequate water onboard.4. Back to the tuna!For many a good tuna sandwich is the perfect lunch option. Filling, healthy and packed with protein! However the fact of the matter is that it smells, as does all fish for that matter.  And why do they smell? Without going to scientific, the smell comes from the fish’s tissues being exposed to air after they have been caught.We don’t want you to ditch the tuna altogether but if you do go for that lunch option make sure your office draw is stocked with sugar-free gum to combat the inevitable. Or a spare tooth brush would be even better!5. An apple a day keeps the dentist awayWe already know that a build-up of bacteria in the mouth is a common cause for bad breath. And incorporating fruits and vegetables which are rich in fibre is one of the best ways to remove this bacteria from the mouth.Our recommendation would be to eat at least one apple a day. Apples also help to moisten the mouth – which will also help with the inevitable coffee overdose!And there you have it. Our five top tips on how to avoid the dreaded curse of bad breath! Try including these into your daily oral health regime and do let us know how these work for you and your family.Don’t forget to check-out and ‘Like’ our Facebook page for more information and tips on caring for you and your family’s oral health.If you have concerns about bad breath, and would like to discuss any of our dental treatment options with our oral health experts, please use our handy online booking form here.Aesthetika Dental


In a quest for THAT perfect smile, more and more adults in the UK are turning towards braces than ever before. However if like many 30+ year olds, the first thing you think of when someone says braces, is a ‘train track’ you might be put off by the prospect of teeth straightening treatments in your later years!These ‘train tracks’ are still widely available at most dentists throughout the UK, but the good news is that although these more traditional fixed braces (we’ll refer to them as their actual name from here on in!) are not the only option available to patients (regardless of age), who are looking to consider teeth straightening treatment.Over the past 10+ years advancements in dentistry has come on leaps and bounds. There are now more alternative teeth straightening treatments available than ever before. And many of which in fact take a fraction of the time to see results, and are a fraction of the cost, of the more traditional fixed braces treatment.The first alternative treatment, and one that has taken the market by storm in recent years is Fastbraces®. The technology behind Fastbraces® typically works with just one orthodontic wire from start to finish, whereas traditional braces usually require a series of wires and tightening procedures.The fundamental difference between conventional brace systems and Fastbraces® is the staggered tooth movement. Traditional braces tend to move teeth in two stages; initially moving the crown, and secondly moving the root of the teeth.Fastbraces® patients are able to achieve their perfect smile in around half the time that it would take traditional brace systems – on average it takes anywhere between three months to a year to move teeth into the desired position!A revolutionary alternative to both Fastbraces® is the Invisalign® clear braces treatment. As the name suggests Invisalign® braces allow patients to gain the straight smile they have always wanted without any brackets or wiring in sight. No longer does wearing braces leave patients feeling self-conscious about smiling!Plus unlike their metal counterparts, Invisalign® braces are completely removable. These remarkable invisible braces can be taken out when you are eating, flossing or brushing your teeth. The removable aligners ensure that the health of your gums and the teeth are maintained throughout the treatment plan.The final alternative treatment to consider is the Inman Aligner. Used to treat the more minor orthodontic issues, the Inman Aligner is very discreet on the eye with the only visible sign being a fine wire which runs across the front of the teeth, working in a similar way to that of a dental retainer. And the best thing is.. The Inman Aligner takes only two fifteen minute appointments to be fitted!So there you have it – a complete list of alternative teeth straitening treatments, and all without a train track in sight!All treatments we’ve discussed are readily available at Aesthetika Dental – you can find more information about the teeth straightening treatments, and what to expect during their individual treatment plans on our orthodontics page.Alternatively don’t forget to check out and ‘Like’ our Facebook page for more information about our treatments, as well as tips on how to best care for you and your family’s teeth.We offer FREE CONSULTATIONS on all our treatments plans so if you’d like to arrange your free consultation for any of our treatments, or speak to one of our oral health experts to discuss your best options please use our handy online booking form here.Aesthetika Dental


Last week we shared an article from our friends at Dentistry on Facebook, claiming that a report by The Paediatric Oral Health Company has revealed Mother’s feel ‘confused’ over oral care for babies.Shocking right… But if parents, especially new born parents, are trying to juggle 100-and-1 things and resources and information surrounding care for their children’s teeth is not readily available, then there is a strong likelihood that this could be forgotten about.And not for one minute are we saying that new parents don’t consider their children’s oral health, far from it. More so as an industry perhaps it’s our responsibility to make children’s oral healthcare information, resources and education readily and easily accessible to parents, new and old.We’ve taken it upon ourselves to do just that. We’ve banged our heads together and put together five killer tips for improving your child’s oral health.Making these small changes to your child’s teeth cleaning regime will greatly reduce the likelihood of teeth treatments not only throughout their childhood, but also their teenage years, as well as later life. 1. Ditch the fruit juice and sweet drinksThe high sugar content of fruit juice and sweet drinks significantly increase the changes of tooth decay. Don’t be fooled by the fruit juice that claim ‘no added sugar’ – even the natural sugars can cause decay!Water and/or milk is the healthy and our preferred options. 2. Start cleaning your baby’s teeth from day 1!By day 1 we don’t mean as soon as you leave the hospital.. day 1 means as soon as the teeth start to appear- this usually happens within six months.In the early days the teeth, and surrounding gums, are often very sensitive. We recommend using a wipe or soft cloth instead of a toothbrush.Removing excess food from the teeth and gums removes plaque – which overtime can turn into tooth decay. 3. SuperviseAs a general rule-of-thumb we recommend supervising your children cleaning their teeth until they are at least seven years old. Of course by 7 they would have moved onto a toothbrush!By supervising you can ensure your child is cleaning for the recommended 2:2 – two minutes, twice a day.By exposing and monitoring your child to a healthy oral regime from an early age, you almost engrain this positive habit into their day-to-day life – improving their chances of a treatment-free childhood! 4. Rewards (also referred to as bribery…) Rewards are a great way to ensure you child maintains the 2:2 rule!Perhaps if your child actively takes it upon themselves to clean their teeth for two minutes, twice a day, you could reward them with an extra 15/30 minutes before they’re sent to bed on a Saturday night..That’s just one example, we’re sure you can think of some more rewards! 5. Make it a play date!Because who said cleaning teeth has to be boring?A personal favourite is to match the beat of your child’s favourite song, with the rhythm of brushing..Probably one of the more messier ideas.. but definitely one of the most fun! The five points above is not an exhausted list by any means. More so a starting point. Feel free to add your own twist to your child’s healthcare regime.. all we really care about is the 2:2 rule. How you put that into practice with your child, well that’s up to you -but hopefully we’ve given you some thought starters at least!Aesthetika Dental are committed to making resources and education surrounding child’s oral health easily and readily available to all families. As such please feel free to share this article on your social media channels and help spread the importance of children maintaining a healthy oral care regime.Don’t forget to check out and ‘Like’ our Facebook page for more information and tips on caring for you and your family’s teeth.If you’d like to book a check-up for either you or a family member please use our handy online booking form here.Aesthetika Dental


1. Whitening is safe

If carried out by a trained dental professional, whitening is perfectly safe. Based on their knowledge of your oral health your dentist will discuss with you the options available, decide if tooth whitening is appropriate for you and develop an overall treatment plan that gives the desired result.You’ll get to see on a chart what shade your teeth are before the treatment and what shade you’re likely to achieve. At the end of the treatment the dentist will show you the actual result so you can understand how effective it was. You will also see when you look in the mirror!

2. Only trained dental professionals can whiten teeth

It is illegal for anyone other than dentists or their teams to carry out teeth whitening. Anyone else offering teeth whitening (e.g. beauticians, hairdressers, and salon staff) won’t have the right training and knowledge, could permanently damage your teeth and gums and can’t help you when something goes wrong.

3. The preferred option

Whitening won’t remove the surface of your teeth or change their shape. It’s often a better option than alternatives, such as veneers, because it doesn’t involve permanently altering the tooth’s structure and is easy to look after.

4. Selecting the right option for you

Your dentist is trained to know what whitening products will be safe for your teeth and gums. Products provided by non-dentists often do not have enough safety data and evidence to support their use; this can result in burned gums and/or blistered lips or even more serious consequences. Using products that are not appropriate for you will produce poor results.

5. How it works

A carefully-controlled concentration of bleach is applied to your teeth using specially-made trays that fit in your mouth. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the level of whitening you want and give you an idea of how many treatments you may need to achieve the shade you’re after.Like hair and skin, teeth vary in colour. Some are yellower or darker than others, even when they are quite healthy. Teeth tend to get darker as people get older. Teeth sometimes become darker if their roots have been damaged or diseased and the ‘nerve’ has died.

6. What to expect

You may experience some sensitivity for a short time during your treatment but this is normal and will soon fade away after completion.

7. Over the counter kits might not be safe

The products you can buy online or from high street shops often fail to declare the precise chemicals used so it’s very difficult to assess their safety. Because of this they should not be considered safe. These products won’t produce the same good results you can expect by visiting your dentist.Tooth colour can be lightened with Hydrogen Peroxide (bleach) and how strong the dose needs to be will be decided by your dentist.
Ask your dentist for more information.
If you’d like a copy of our patient information poster on tooth whitening please contact us. These can be displayed in your local healthcare centres, libraries, GPs, or opticians, with their permission.


Even though we’ve been brushing and flossing our teeth for years and years, many of us are surprised to learn that we’re not doing it properly.Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime.

Floss every day – usually at bedtime.

Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day.

Visit your dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.


Your teeth and the structure of your mouth play important roles in your ability to eat and speak and stay healthy.Most of us take our teeth for granted… until something goes wrong. Our teeth help us chew and digest food, play an important role in speech, and impact our health overall. And by brushing up on your dental health knowledge, you’ll be taking the first step toward giving your teeth the attention they deserve.How much do you know about your pearly whites?

The Development of Teeth

Humans have two sets of teeth, primary (or baby) teeth and then permanent teeth, which develop in stages. Although the timing is different, the development of each of these sets of teeth is similar. Here are some facts about how people develop teeth:
  • Teeth tend to erupt in parallel, meaning that the top molar on your left side should grow in at about the same time as the top molar on the right.
  • Tooth development begins long before your first tooth becomes visible. For example, a baby’s first tooth appears at around six months of age, but development of those teeth actually begins during the early second trimester of pregnancy.
  • The crown of a tooth forms first, while the roots continue to develop even after the tooth has erupted.
  • The 20 primary teeth are in place by age 3 and remain until around 6 years of age when they begin to fall out to make way for the permanent set of teeth.
  • Adult teeth start to grow in between 6 and 12 years of age. Most adults have 32 permanent teeth.
  • Permanent teeth are larger and take longer to grow in than primary teeth.

The Parts of the Tooth

A tooth is divided into two basic parts: the crown, which is the visible, white part of the tooth, and the root, which you can’t see. The root extends below the gum line and anchors the tooth into the bone. Your teeth contain four kinds of tissue and each does a different job. These include:
  • Enamel. Enamel is the visible substance that covers the tooth crown. Harder than bone, enamel protects the tooth from decay. Enamel is made up of phosphorous and calcium.
  • Dentin. Underneath the enamel you find dentin, which is calcified and looks similar to bone. Dentin is not quite as hard as enamel, so it is at greater risk for decay should the enamel wear away.
  • Cementum. This tissue covers the tooth root and helps anchor it (cement it) into the bone. It is softer than enamel and dentin; the best way to protect this softer tissue from decay is by taking good care of your gums. Cementum has a light yellow color and is usually covered by the gums. But with inadequate dental care, the gums may become diseased and shrink, exposing the cementum to harmful plaque and bacteria.
  • Pulp. Pulp is found at the center of your tooth and contains the blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues that deliver nutrients and signals to your teeth.

Types of Teeth and What They Do

Teeth help you chew your food, making it easier to digest. Each type of tooth has a slightly different shape and performs a different job. Types of teeth include:
  • Incisors. Incisors are the eight teeth in the front and center of your mouth (four on top and four on bottom). These are the teeth that you use to take bites of your food. Incisors are usually the first teeth to erupt, at around 6 months of age for your first set of teeth, and between 6 and 8 years of age for your adult set.
  • Canines. Your four canines are the next type of teeth to develop. These are your sharpest teeth and are used for ripping and tearing food apart. Primary canines generally appear between 16 and 20 months of age with the upper canines coming in just ahead of the lower canines. In permanent teeth, the order is reversed. Lower canines erupt around age 9 with the uppers arriving between 11 and 12 years of age.
  • Premolars. Premolars, or bicuspids, are used for chewing and grinding food. You have four premolars on each side of your mouth, two on the upper and two on the lower jaw. The first premolars appear around age 10 and the second premolars arrive about a year later.
  • Molars. Primary molars are also used for chewing and grinding food. These appear between 12 and 15 months of age. These molars, also known as decidious molars, are replaced by the first and second permanent premolars (four upper and four lower). The permanent molars do not replace, but come in behind the primary teeth. The first molars erupt around 6 years of age (before the primary molars fall out) while the second molars come in between 11 and 13 years of age.
  • Third molars. Third molars are commonly known as wisdom teeth. These are the last teeth to develop and do not typically erupt until age 18 to 20, and some people never develop third molars at all. For those who do, these molars may cause crowding and need to be removed.
Your mouth is important. Don’t take your teeth or oral health for granted. For good dental health, brush and floss your teeth regularly, don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet, and see your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and checkups. A healthy mouth makes for a healthy body… and a pretty smile.

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