If you’re struggling with your overall dental health or tooth decay, then your dentist might recommend increasing the use of fluoride. Treating your teeth with fluoride is a very important part of your overall oral care regime. Children, especially, struggle with tooth decay and currently, tooth decay is the biggest cause of hospitalisation for children aged 5-9 years old. With the UK government recently announcing that fluoride is to be added to drinking water, many people are now wondering what is fluoride and what does fluoride do? 

Why Is Fluoride Being Added To Water?

Last week, the government announced that fluoride is likely to be added to drinking water in the future across the UK after medical officers concluded that the mineral can help reduce the risk of tooth decay, particularly in children. Public Health England found that by adding fluoride to water, this could help reduce cavities in children by up to 28%. 

Naturally, fluoride is already found in drinking water in very small amounts, however not enough to provide any protection against tooth decay. PHE (Public Health England) found strong evidence that water fluoridation would drastically reduce the prevalence of tooth decay and help to improve dental health across the UK. Surprisingly, tooth decay is the biggest cause of hospitalisation for children aged from 5-9 years old in the UK, with around 23% of five-year-olds experiencing some form of damage to their teeth. But, what is fluoride and why is it so important? 

What Is Fluoride?

A lot of our patients wonder “what is fluoride?. Fluoride is commonly used in dental care in order to strengthen the enamel, or the outer layer of your teeth. Naturally, fluoride is found in soil and food, with very small traces also found in water.  Typically, it is produced synthetically for use in dental products, such as toothpaste and mouthwash. It can also be added in small amounts to public water supplies (also known as water fluoridation) where it can help to reduce the prevalence of tooth decay in local populations. 

It was discovered that fluoride is effective in fighting tooth decay in the 1930s, where researchers found that children who drank fluoridated water whilst growing up had fewer cases of tooth decay than those who drank non-fluoridated water. Since then, studies have shown that when fluoride is added to the water supply, tooth decay cases decrease. 

What Does Fluoride Do? 

Fluoride helps promote better oral health in a few different ways. If we consume fluoride through drinking water, then the fluoride then enters the bloodstream and becomes part of developing permanent teeth, especially in children. When using dental products that contain fluoride, daily use means that over time, fluoride forms part of your saliva and helps to strengthen teeth from the outside, so that your tooth enamel gets stronger. 

How Does Fluoride Work?

Fluoride works as part of the demineralisation and remineralisation process which naturally occurs in the mouth. The demineralisation process starts with the bacteria found in the plaque on your teeth. This bacteria feeds on sugar and then produces acidic saliva which then weakens tooth enamel. Fluoride helps to control and protect against damage caused by the demineralisation process and works to remineralise your tooth enamel, preventing cavities and in some cases, it can reverse early signs of tooth decay. 

When you use products containing fluoride, such as toothpaste, then the fluoride ends up in your saliva. When your teeth are then coated in saliva that contains fluoride, your enamel ends up absorbing traces of fluoride. Then, the fluoride bonds with phosphate and calcium which naturally exists in your enamel to create fluorapatite, a strong material that helps to fight decay and prevent cavities. 


We can all benefit from additional fluoride intake, as it offers better dental protection. However, there are people who would benefit more:

  • Children 
  • Those who have poor dental hygiene
  • Have diets that are high in carbohydrates and/or sugar
  • Have previously had crowns, bridges, braces and restorative procedures
  • Have a history of cavities or tooth decay

Here at Dental Solutions, we can look at your current dental health during your next checkup and provide advice on how to better protect your oral health using fluoride. To arrange a general dental checkup, contact us today! 

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Considering a smile makeover to improve your smile?

Find Out More At Our Smile Makeover Evening

A smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance and health of your teeth and gums through a series of dentistry procedures. The best way to decide which treatments you’d need is to speak to your dentist who will be able to answer all of your questions. This is why we are hosting a smile makeover open evening.

We would like to invite you to our smile makeover open evening, taking place on Tuesday 21st September from 3 pm to 7.30 pm. During the event, prospective patients will enjoy a 30-minute consultation with Gavin Laidlaw and have the chance to ask questions and find out more about the procedure. Lauren Westhead, our qualified Invisalign and Quick Straight Teeth short term orthodontics provider will also be available to answer questions.

Save the date: Tuesday 21st September | 3 pm – 7.30 pm

Get in touch if you’d like to arrange a smile makeover consultation.

Call 01925 756565 to Book Your Space

What is included in the evening?

On the day of your appointment, you will receive a free 30-minute consultation with Gavin Laidlaw BDS Principal Dentist and Lauren Westhead, BDS BSC who is also one of our qualified Invisalign and Quick Straight Teeth short term orthodontics providers. During this time you will have the chance to ask any questions you might have about the procedures and put your mind at ease. We specialise in the care and treatment of very nervous or dental phobic patients. To help any nervous or dental phobic patients who may be frightened of the thought of dental treatment, we’ll provide a relaxed consultation with Gavin and Lauren in Gavin’s dental suite completely away from the dental chair if you prefer.  At the end of the consultation, you will be given an individual treatment plan and quotation.

  • It’s a chance to meet Gavin and Lauren and our team for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your makeover questions, needs or concerns.
  • Receive an individualised treatment plan at the end of your consultation
  • Learn more about interest-free credit and payment options for makeover treatment
  • For any nervous or dental phobic patients who may be frightened of the thought of dental treatment, we’ll provide a relaxed consultation with Gavin and Lauren in Gavin’s dental suite completely away from the dental chair if preferred.

How to book your space:

Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. We anticipate that the demand for this event will be very high, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

You can book your appointment by calling 01925 756565 or by filling in the form below to request a callback.

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    “I have been a patient at Dental Solutions for a while as I had orthodontics when I was 16 which straightened my teeth perfectly. I decided to have a consultation with Gavin- there was nowhere else I’d consider. He recommended a course of whitening and after discussing the pros and cons of cosmetic bonding versus veneers, and I decided that veneers were a better longer-term option for me.”

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    “I’d been unhappy with my smile for quite a while. The top teeth on one side of my mouth were larger than the other side. In addition I had a patch of white on one tooth that I felt stood out from the others and was quite noticeable. I wasn’t scared at all and the treatment itself was painless, comfortable and actually quite calming throughout. When I saw my new smile I was overwhelmed – it was the perfect smile that I always wanted. Plus I no longer need to use an editor on my smile!

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    “I’d originally had a chat with my usual dentist in Stockton Heath about my smile, as I’d noticed on my Facebook photos that my teeth had moved and were no longer as straight as they used to be. Unfortunately, he was unable to do Invisalign and so suggested that I looked at another place in Warrington. As I lived in Lymm I decided to see if Dental Solutions could help me first instead – I knew they had a good reputation and I’d often wondered about them when I walked past their surgery in the village.

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    When it comes to arranging a hygienist visit, many people aren’t too sure about how often they should schedule an appointment. What many people don’t realise is that the amount of time between appointments is completely unique and specific to each patient and treatment plan. 

    When you visit us for a dental appointment, your dentist will refer you to the hygienist who will then assess your individual needs and what kind of treatment is required. Some factors will affect the frequency of your hygienist visit, but generally speaking, let’s look at how often you should arrange a hygienist visit. 

    What Happens During A Dental Hygienist Visit? 

    When you arrange a hygienist visit, there is often a set procedure that your hygienist will follow during your appointment. First, your hygienist will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth and look for any potential problems, such as gum inflammation and bleeding, swelling or gum recession, as well as any changes to your tongue or general mouth. 

    During your hygienist visit, your brushing and flossing technique will also be evaluated. Once the problem areas have been identified, your dental hygienist will carry out a deep clean to remove plaque and tartar build-up and, after the cleaning process, the hygienist will give you some tips on how to improve your flossing and brushing technique. 

    What Does A Healthy Mouth Look Like? 

    Healthy gums will have a pink appearance, are firm to touch and with little to no bleeding. If you follow a good oral health routine, with a good and regular brushing technique and daily flossing, you will likely need fewer visits to the hygienist. If, however, you have dental problems, your gums will likely be sore to touch, red or light pink and will bleed quite heavily when brushing or flossing. If you have any problems such as these, you can discuss them during your hygienist visit and our hygienist can take a closer look. 

    As well as this, a healthy tongue and mouth are important too. Your mouth should be free from sores and should be a nice healthy pink colour, as should your tongue. If you notice any changes to your mouth, gums or tongue, arrange a dentist appointment with us today, where we can carry out a full check of your mouth. 

    When Would I Need More Visits To A Dental Hygienist?

    Although it is advisable to have a hygienist visit once every 6-12 months, there are some factors that can affect how frequently you will need to visit a dental hygienist. If you have good dental health, with no history of gum disease, then it is very likely that you will only need to visit us once or twice a year. But, if you have regular dental treatment for issues such as fillings, have had previous tooth loss or have a history of gum disease, then hygienist visits may be more frequent, around once every three to four months. 

    For more information on our dental hygienist treatments, or to arrange your consultation, please contact Dental Solutions today!

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    September is almost here and that means one thing: back to school! After six weeks off, both you and your children are likely looking forward to getting back into some kind of routine. If you’re spending the last few weeks preparing school uniforms, getting any last bits of homework finished and slowly, but surely, getting used to early mornings again, why not use this time to also take a closer look at your children’s oral health?

    Now is the perfect time to arrange a dentist checkup for your child if they haven’t had one in a while and, depending on their age, now is the ideal time to start taking a closer look at your children’s oral health. Whether they are young children who are starting to lose their baby teeth, or teenagers looking to start their teeth straightening journey, at Dental Solutions, we’re here to help and can get you in for an appointment in no time. To start with, here are 5 tips for looking after your children’s oral health. 

    Help With Brushing 

    Looking after your children’s oral health should be a focus from when they are a baby and start to develop their first set of teeth. From the age of 1 or 2, you should start using a soft toothbrush and brushing with water to get them used to the feeling and sensation. As your children get older, they should continue brushing their teeth twice a day using toothpaste, both before bed so that they’re getting rid of plaque that has accumulated throughout the day and one other time, usually first thing in the morning. 

    Look Out For Cavities

    Cavities are holes that form in your teeth and occur when germs and bacteria build up in certain areas around your mouth. Cavities are a popular occurrence in children as their teeth can be harder to brush, leading to problem areas developing. As part of your children’s oral health routine, you should encourage them to brush for two minutes, twice a day. To do this, you could play 2 minutes of their favourite song, or do it together for the same length of time. 

    Your child may be at risk of developing cavities if they:

    • Have a diet that is high in sugar
    • Have brown areas or white spots on their teeth
    • Have ongoing special care needs
    • Don’t visit the dentist often

    If you suspect that your child is at risk of developing cavities or already has cavities, then please contact us as soon as possible so that we can arrange a check-up. 

    Avoid Excess Sugar

    Children naturally have a sweet tooth, so discouraging them from consuming too much sugar is important not just for your children’s oral health, but their overall health too. Saliva takes around 30 minutes to neutralise acid caused by consuming sugar, which means that during this time, sugar is eating away at the enamel. If you allow your child to eat sugary snacks throughout the day, their mouth will regularly be acidic, which then increases the risk of cavities and tooth decay. 

    Look After Braces

    If your teenager has braces fitted, then encouraging them to keep them clean is vital to both their oral health and brace treatment. With fixed metal braces, it’s important not to brush teeth too vigorously in order to avoid damaging the metal bracket. Using other dental products, such as floss and mouthwash, can help freshen breath, too. Eating with fixed braces can cause debris and bits of food to get trapped in the brackets and wiring, so using interdental brushes can get to hard to reach areas, keeping braces clean. 

    Make Dentist Visits Part Of Your Children’s Oral Health Routine

    Regular dentist trips should form part of your children’s oral health routine from a very early age. Their first visit to see a dentist should ideally be around their first birthday, and then at least once every 12 months. Regular checkups are important to regularly check for decay, cavities and other dental problems, as well as teaching proper dental care. 
    By making regular visits to the dentist, we are then able to catch and treat any dental issues quickly and easily and this helps to alleviate the development of any fears or worries about going to the dentist. If you would like to arrange a dental check-up for your children or would like to discuss any dental concerns, contact our friendly team today!

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    Do Veneers Damage Your Teeth?

    by on 16th August 2021 | Posted in blog
    graphic showing damage to teeth

    Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, so it makes sense that you want it to be attractive! In terms of cosmetic dental procedures, veneers are amongst the most popular treatment choices when it comes to smile makeovers, however, we’re all aware of the horror stories that have been associated with getting veneers fitted.

    After a range of celebrity stories hit the news in recent years showing before and after photos of veneer treatments, this has led to an increase in patients wondering: do veneers damage your teeth? Here, we take a further look into dental veneers and whether or not veneers damage your teeth in the long term. 

    What Are Veneers? 

    Veneers are used to correct more prominent and problematic tooth imperfections, such as chipped, misshapen or crooked teeth. Using a thin porcelain or composite resin, coverings, or veneers, are attached to the surface of a natural tooth using dental cement. As some small adjustments are made to your natural teeth in order to fit the veneers, this is a permanent change. As veneers are permanent, it’s vital that as a dental patient, you get all the relevant information before going ahead with the treatment. 

    Why Would I Need Veneers? 

    Veneers can greatly improve the colour, shape and appearance of your teeth. By using the right shade and with proper cosmetic dental treatment, veneers can be made to match the shade of your teeth as they are naturally and shaped so that they are not hugely obvious, or if you want to show off your new smile, they can be crafted to give you a brighter, straighter appearance. 

    Veneers can be used to make your teeth look whole again, which is why they are such a popular treatment. As veneers are attached to the front surface of your teeth, your teeth don’t need to be re-aligned or re-positioned. Veneers can hide a range of minor imperfections, however, veneers can’t always replace orthodontic treatment or other dental procedures, so it’s best to consult with us prior to deciding on veneer treatment. 

    What Changes Are Made To Teeth Before Having Veneers? 

    In order to prepare your teeth for porcelain veneers, some very small adjustments are made to your natural teeth. This is to ensure that the porcelain material we use properly adheres to the surface of the tooth. In preparation for your veneers, we will remove around half a millimetre of enamel from each tooth that veneers are going to be fitted to. 

    This process allows us to make room for the veneer so that your teeth are not any larger than usual. Before we remove the enamel, we may apply some anaesthetic to numb the area, so that the treatment is pain-free. It’s important to remember that the amount of enamel that we remove is the same thickness as the veneer which is set to be fitted, so is very minimal. 

    As well as porcelain veneers, we also offer composite veneer treatment. This is a relatively new form of treatment and is less invasive as no enamel is shaved from the tooth, however, they are not as durable as porcelain veneers, lasting around 4-8 years as opposed to 10-15. 

    So, Do Veneers Damage Your Teeth? 

    Although some small, minor adjustments are made to your teeth in order to fit veneers, there are many dental improvements that come with having veneers fitted. Some patients choose to get veneers as the enamel on their teeth is damaged, so having veneers fitted replaces any lost or worn-down enamel. Veneers can also fix minor cosmetic problems and whiten your smile and, as veneers are mostly stain resistant, so you don’t need to worry about future discolouration or needing to have further whitening treatment. 

    Some patients do experience an increase in tooth sensitivity following veneer treatment, however, this is to be expected following some cosmetic treatments, such as teeth whitening and orthodontic treatments. For the first few days following having your veneers fitted, you might feel some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, but this usually goes away after a few days or it can be managed with the right dental products. 

    If you’re wondering how veneers damage your teeth, the perception often comes from the fact that dentists need to change the shape and structure of your natural teeth in order to place them properly. These changes are permanents and irreversible, as you can not restore the enamel which is removed before veneer placement. It’s important to remember that veneers will eventually need to be replaced as they last around 10 years on average. 

    Contact Us For More Information

    Here at Dental Solutions, we understand that getting dental veneers is quite a big decision to make. Whilst veneers are an excellent way to hide discoloured or crooked teeth, it is important that you understand the pros and cons of getting veneers. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation, where we can discuss our range of veneer treatments with you. 

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    Composite bonding is one of our most popular treatments here at Dental Solutions. Using modern materials and techniques, composite bonding is a quick and affordable cosmetic procedure for fixing discoloured or chipped teeth and closing gaps in your smile. Composite bonding is different from traditional dental veneers, as the treatment can be applied to just a few teeth, or even a singular tooth, as opposed to a full set of veneers. 

    If you’re asking yourself “should I get composite bonding?” as a way of targeting some cosmetic dental concerns, then here are some benefits of composite bonding and how it can help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. 

    Non-Invasive Treatment

    Composite bonding is a non-invasive treatment that requires very little time spent in our dentist chair. It is a pain-free treatment and no anaesthesia or drills are used and, compared to veneers, there are no permanent alterations made to your teeth. The resin used is quite resistant to chips and breaks and is unlikely to stain, however, it can be easily repaired in the future if needed.

    Improve The Appearance Of Teeth

    Composite bonding is often used to help fix small and minor cosmetic dental problems, such as crooked teeth, gaps or stains. Following composite bonding treatment, you will have a much more aesthetically pleasing smile. Some patients use composite bonding to repair cracked or chipped teeth, whilst others choose the treatment for dental issues such as small gaps or for increasing the size of teeth if one or two are shorter than the others. 

    At Dental Solutions, we will make sure that the resin we use for composite bonding is a perfect colour match to your natural teeth so that there is no obvious difference. When we apply the resin, we will mould and smooth the putty-like material so that it is shaped exactly the way you want. This easy and straightforward procedure means that we can help you achieve amazing smile results in no time. 

    Instant Results

    With treatment taking an hour on average and, with just one appointment needed, composite bonding treatment is shorter than any other of our cosmetic procedures. This means that you achieve instant results and can leave our clinic with a brand new smile. Composite bonding requires no special preparation and you can simply arrive for your appointment and relax whilst our dentists get to work! 

    Should I Get Composite Bonding?

    If you have small cosmetic concerns in regards to your smile and teeth, then composite bonding is a quick and easy solution to help you achieve a new, confident smile. Composite bonding is the least invasive and time-consuming cosmetic procedure when it comes to aesthetically improving the appearance of your teeth. If you have healthy natural teeth already and simply require a quick solution to improve the appearance of your smile, then composite bonding is a painless and affordable option for many patients.

    If you have any dental problems or are still asking yourself “should I get composite bonding?”, then contact us today and arrange a consultation!

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    Getting braces is seen as a right of passage for many teenagers and, with so many different teeth straightening treatments available, it can be overwhelming as to which treatment choice to go with. Getting braces as a teenager means that not only will they have a lifetime of straighter smiles, but getting braces also ensures that their teeth and jaws are properly aligned, which then promotes better oral and physical health. 

    As a teenager, this is the ideal age and time to address any orthodontic concerns as it’s easier to reposition teeth and jaws whilst they are still developing. It is also more likely that teenagers will undergo orthodontic treatment if their peers and friends are going through similar treatment around the same time. 

    In terms of treatment, there are a few different orthodontic brace treatments that your teen can undergo, however, traditional fixed braces tend to be the most popular choice. With this in mind, here are some reasons why orthodontic braces are a good choice for teenagers. 

    Why Do Teenagers Need Orthodontic Braces? 

    As children grow, so too do their mouths. Milk teeth fall out and are replaced with adult teeth, but as the mouth and jawline is also growing and developing, this is where issues can develop. Many children encounter dental problems such as crowded and crooked teeth, gaps in between teeth, overbites, underbites and crossbites and this can then go on into teenage years, which then can cause problems with self-confidence and appearance. 

    It is recommended that orthodontic braces and treatment is applied during teenage years as it is a time of change and means that treatment can happen more quickly than if treatment is carried out as an adult, where teeth may be more reluctant to move into the correct positions. For complex dental cases, orthodontic braces are the better choice as opposed to aligners, as orthodontic braces exert pressure on the entire tooth, instead of the upper part of the teeth when using aligners. This then pushes the tooth into the right position from the top to bottom which is far more effective. 

    Orthodontic Braces Offer Health Benefits

    Having a straighter, more attractive smile is just one of the number of benefits that having orthodontic braces can provide. In addition to boosting self-esteem and having a more confident smile, there are also some health benefits that come from orthodontic braces, too. If teeth are crooked or overcrowded, then they can be more difficult to clean. Teeth that are straight are much easier to brush and floss, which then leads to fewer cavities and less risk of decay. Over, under and cross bites can put unnecessary stress and pressure on certain teeth, depending on the angle and location, which can lead to chips and cracks in teeth, sore jaw muscles and sensitivity. By having orthodontic braces as a teenager, this can spare issues that come from having a misaligned bite, such as headaches and pain, as they grow into adults. Straighter teeth can also help improve chewing, breathing, sleeping and speech. 

    What Are The Different Types Of Orthodontic Braces? 

    There are now more types of orthodontic braces and treatments than ever before. However, here at Dental Solutions, we will be happy to discuss the best treatment option for you during an initial consultation. We primarily offer fixed teen braces and Invisalign treatment for teenagers, but we can discuss this with you further. 

    In terms of orthodontic braces for teenagers, fixed metal braces are perhaps the most effective treatments. But, as many teenagers are concerned about their appearance when it comes to having braces, more discreet options, such as Invisalign, might be more appropriate. There are, of course, pros and cons to each orthodontic brace treatment, which we can help with. 

    Conventional Metal Braces

    Metal braces have been used for years and are a treatment option that have helped deliver plenty of exceptional outcomes once removed. Modern metal braces are more discreet than ever and help to correct a multitude of different dental issues and concerns, including jaw and tooth alignment. 

    Invisalign Aligners

    Invisalign braces are clear, plastic aligners that sit over the top of teeth. For teens who may be more self-conscious about their appearance and don’t require much in the way of teeth or jaw correction, Invisalign braces may be the preferred choice. They can be easily removed, cleaned and are a good choice for teenagers who play sports or an instrument. 

    Ceramic Braces

    Ceramic braces use ceramic brackets, as opposed to metal ones, in order to mimic the natural tooth colour. This makes it a good alternative for teenagers who may be conscious about their appearance, but require the correction or realignment treatment that comes with metal braces. However, ceramic braces can stain easily so require thorough care and cleaning. 

    Visit Dental Solutions

    When it comes to orthodontic braces, it’s wise to explore which option is best for your teenager. Here at Dental Solutions, we offer initial consultations with our dental team in order to find the right treatment for you and discuss any questions you may have. We have a dedicated peripatetic orthodontist – Marcin Piekara – who has over 15 years of experience in children’s and adult’s orthodontics. To arrange your consultation, please contact us today

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    An implant in between two teeth, where the implant is loose.

    When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the most common solution to improve the natural appearance and comfort. Dental implants are also likely to last for years – they’re sturdy, can prevent further tooth loss and are the most natural-looking solution. However, there is a small risk of dental implants failing, so what do you do if your dental implant is loose? 

    There are a number of reasons as to why your dental implant might be loose and often, most of these reasons have nothing to do with a failed dental implant itself. If your dental implant is loose, then before you start worrying, here are some things you can do whilst waiting for your dentist appointment. 

    How Does A Dental Implant Work? 

    A dental implant is a screw that is placed into your jaw bone and then to which a replacement tooth is fixed. If one tooth needs to be replaced, then a single crown implant is often what is used, whereas if more than one tooth needs to be replaced, then a dental bridge, or all on 4 dental implants, will likely be installed. 

    What Causes A Loose Dental Implant?

    Many patients that have issues with dental implants often wonder what has happened when their dental implant is loose. A healthy dental implant will stay fixed and stable in the mouth as it is secured to the jawbone and should not move or wiggle. In most cases, when a dental implant becomes loose, it is within one week of the implant being fitted and it has failed to bond with the jawbone. This then causes the implant to be loose. 

    However, in most cases, a loose implant has nothing to do with the screw that has been implanted into your jaw. The problem can often come from the artificial tooth that is attached to the implant and this can be down to impact or everyday wear and tear. 

    What Are The Signs Of A Loose Dental Implant? 

    Both early and late-stage dental implant failure can often be signalled by some of the following complications: 

    • Chewing becomes more difficult
    • Gums around the implant site are inflamed
    • Unusual gum recession
    • Noticeable swelling around the implant site or gums
    • Noticeable loosening or a slight wobble of the implant
    • Discomfort or pain

    Whilst these aren’t exclusive symptoms of implant failure, if you experience any of the above symptoms, then please give us a call so that we can get you in as soon as possible to provide an examination of your dental implants and establish if your dental implant is loose or not. 

    If you’ve had your implants for a while and have noticed that one has started to feel loose, then the problem could be down to bone loss. Sometimes, an infection can be the cause and this can then impact your implant and cause it to move around. When your dental implant is loose, catching the problem early is important, so try to make an appointment with us as soon as possible. 

    If Your Dental Implant Is Loose, Don’t Take Any Unnecessary Risks

    Whether you have one single dental implant or a dental bridge, dental implants are a great option that can replace teeth that were lost. Dental implants need to be maintained and issues can appear even years after being first fitted. Routine dental care and maintenance is important with dental implants and this can help prevent any damage or loosening of the implant. 
    If one of your implants is loose, then it’s best not to assume what the issue is. It’s important that, as soon as you notice that your dental implant is loose, you contact us to make an appointment with our team of dentists and implant specialists so that we can get you in and carry out investigations as to what is going on below the surface.

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    5 Top Tips For Cleaning Braces

    by on 12th July 2021 | Posted in blog

    When you have fixed metal braces, keeping them clean is extremely important. Braces can often act as a barrier between you and your teeth, so ensuring that they are clean is important for both your oral health and maintaining the care of your braces. 

    As a teenager, having fixed metal braces fitted can present some new challenges to your dental hygiene regime, so it is essential that your teenager applies some extra steps and effort into their overall dental hygiene. By cleaning their braces and looking after their oral health, when the braces are removed, they will be left with a beautiful, straight smile. 

    Taking care of and cleaning fixed braces as a teenager is relatively easy, once you have the top tips and know-how, so here are some top tips for your teenager to add to their oral health regime. 

    Choose The Right Toothbrush For Cleaning Braces

    When cleaning braces, the right toothbrush is imperative to creating an excellent oral hygiene routine. When you have braces fitted, your teenager may notice that keeping their teeth looking and feeling clean is a bit more difficult. Food and debris can often get trapped and build up around the braces and in small gaps between the teeth, which can be harder to reach with braces in the way. 

    The toothbrush they were using prior to getting braces fitted is likely not going to be suitable anymore and, whilst a standard toothbrush will work, there are some better options. An electric toothbrush is a good option as it can clean both the braces and teeth with varying amounts of pressure. There are also some toothbrushes that are made specifically for cleaning braces. 

    Brush On The Go

    As a teenager, having fixed braces whilst at school or college can cause them to be more self-conscious with their appearance, especially after eating. Having a tool for cleaning braces and teeth whilst on the go can make a huge difference and interdental brushes are great little brushes that can be easily stored in a bag and used discreetly. They can bend and adjust to get in even the smallest of gaps and remove any trapped food that can make teenagers feel self-conscious when smiling. It might also be worth having a small toothbrush and toothpaste kit to hand that can be easily used when out and about and freshen up their smile. 

    Watch What You Eat

    When teenagers have braces fitted, it’s important that they watch what they eat to avoid causing damage to the fittings. They should try to avoid eating hard, crunchy and chewy foods such as apples, bagels, corn on the cob, popcorn and nuts, as these can put extra pressure on braces and can cause the brackets or wires to break, which can then cause discomfort. 

    When it comes to eating crunchy foods, your teenager should either avoid them or try to cut them into small and bite-sized pieces. Even soft foods such as bread, pasta, rice and cake can cause issues with brace cleanliness, with soft, sticky debris getting stuck in the gap between the tooth and brace. Improving their dental hygiene routine can prevent this from happening, which can then reduce their risk of developing tooth decay in the future. 

    Be Gentle When Cleaning Braces

    Whilst braces are made from strong and sturdy materials, it’s important that your teenager uses care when cleaning braces. Bristles that are too hard, or if their brushing technique is too vigorous, can loosen or even snap a bracket. When your teenager is brushing their teeth, make sure that they are not using too much pressure and are gentle. 

    Follow Up With Flossing

    Flossing with braces can seem impossible, as wires can obstruct the gaps in between your teeth. However, it is important that your teenager flosses when cleaning braces. There are some different ways you can floss and get between the gaps in teeth, but it might take them a little more time and care, but flossing is well worth the effort if they want to keep their teeth and braces clean. 

    Floss picks, which are very small pieces of floss on the end of a plastic stick, are very easy to use and can get in between your teeth. Water flossing is also a good option for teenagers with braces, as it is the easiest option. Water flossers push water through the gaps between teeth and can quickly and easily remove plaque and food particles. 

    For more information on our teen orthodontic treatments, please contact us at Dental Solutions today!  

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