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Wiggly teeth

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Posted by: wanttoknow  (3 years ago)
Recently, I noticed that my teeth are wiggly. It feels like they slightly shift when I chew. It’s not extreme but I am getting worried. I’ve had bite adjustments in the past due to five fillings in my mouth and I was wondering if it has something to do with my teeth having a small wiggle feeling. I would be grateful for any information.
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You should get your dentist to check your gum condition. Have you noticed your gums bleeding at all when you brush your teeth? Do you use dental floss every day? The main reason for wiggly teeth is gum problems.
Richard from
Posted 3 years ago
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Posted by: wanttoknow  (2 years ago)
Hi Dr. Mitchell,

My gums do not bleed when I brush or floss. Yes, I brush my teeth three times a day and floss twice a day. I am pretty sure I am good at taking care of my teeth. I visit my dentist for routine checkups twice a year. I've had my last dental visit four months ago and the dentist said everything was fine. Can I get gum disease within four months time? Thank you very much for your time.
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No, gum disease takes quite a while to develop, but it's possible that your dentist has missed it. Most folk have a degree of gum disease, so it looks almost "normal" to many dentists. Another possible cause of wiggly teeth is intense clenching or grinding of your teeth when you are in deep sleep. Most people don't know that they clench their teeth when asleep, because they are asleep! You tend to wake up in the morning with a "tired" face, dull ache in your jaw muscles, or even a dull headache. People put these things down to simply a heavy sleep; but they are all signs of night-time clenching. You need to find a dentist who knows about this - many don't. You could use the search function at to find a dentist near you. Treatment (if needed) is a small splint to wear at night. It's very effective if properly designed.
Richard from
Posted 2 years ago