Dental Tips Blog

Apr
17

Oral Hygiene Tips for Traveling

Just because you’re heading out of town for a few days is no excuse to leave your oral hygiene routine behind. From forgetting toothpaste to a real dental emergency, here’s how to keep your smile healthy even when you’re away from home.

Get the right-sized toothbrush travel case. Make sure it has some ventilation. If your brush is packed tightly into a case that it can’t move or “breathe” in, then it will never dry out. This makes for the perfect environment for bacteria to flourish.

Air out your toothbrush. Speaking of drying out, set aside time for your toothbrush to enjoy some fresh air. You could leave it on a sunny windowsill (window closed, of course) or on the dash of your car. Too much time spent in a dark travel bag will make your brush quite icky.

Stock up on travel-sized products. You can get any dental product in a travel-friendly quantity. There’s no excuse for not having some toothpaste on hand when it fits so neatly in your purse or glove compartment in your car.

Brush without toothpaste. It does happen – from time to time we forget the toothpaste. Even then, brushing without toothpaste is still effective and necessary to reduce plaque levels.

Have a backup plan. Keep a couple toothbrushes handy in your luggage in case you lose or misplace one at a hotel. Let your dentist know you’ll be out of town if it’s going to be a lengthy trip. Research other dentists in your destination area to find out who you can visit in the event of a dental emergency.

With these tips, you’ll experience a safe trip full of healthy smiles!

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Mar
13

Your Dental Emergency

Oral pain should never be ignored.  Even mild mouth discomfort can be the first sign of a bigger problem.  It’s important to notify your dentist for prompt care, if you’re suffering from a dental emergency!

What Can You Do?

When a dental emergency occurs, your immediate reaction is important!  While you wait for expert care, here’s a few helpful tips for the most common oral concerns:

  • A Knocked Out Tooth – Gently rinse an adult tooth and place it back into the socket, being careful not to touch the root.  If that’s not possible, it’s important to keep the tooth moist.  You can retain the tooth between your cheek and gums or submerge it in milk until you get to your dentist.
  • A Sensitive Tooth – Gently swish your mouth with warm water then floss carefully, to determine if the source of sensitivity is caused by trapped food between the teeth.  If pain persists, it may be a cavity or infection, best diagnosed by your dentist.
  • A Chipped Or Broken Tooth – Remove any pieces of tooth that may be loose and bring them to your dentist. In the meantime, gently rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to your face to minimize swelling.
  • A Dislodged Crown – If possible, bring your loose crown to your dentist to have it recemented into place.
  • Injury To The Tongue, Gums or Lips – When blood vessels and nerves are injured, infection and permanent damage can occur.  Use water to gently clean the injured area and apply a cold compress.

Call Your Dentist!

While these tips may be helpful for your dental emergency, the most important thing you can do is call your dentist right away.  Don’t endure oral discomfort, especially when your dental health is at risk!

Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
(770) 898-8872

Jan
31

When to Call Your Dentist After Hours

Do you have a toothache at night time?  You probably want to call your dentist right away, but at the same time, you don’t want to bother your dentist after office hours.  So what should you do in cases like this?  After hour calls to your dentist should be reserved for dental emergencies only.  How do you know if you have an emergency or if it can wait?

If you answer yes to the following questions, you may have a dental emergency that warrants making a phone call:

  • Are you feeling pain that is severe?
  • Is there blood coming from your mouth?
  • Have you had an injury to your mouth or face?
  • Are any of your teeth loose?
  • Are there any areas of swelling in your mouth or on your face?
  • Do you have any swelling or bumps on your gums?

If you are in pain, unable to speak, or are too embarrassed to be seen in public because of your situation – then it probably warrants a call to your dentist. Most offices will accept emergency calls and return your message very quickly to let you know what to do next. If it is a true emergency, it may be necessary to meet you in the office. Thankfully in most cases, your dentist can arrange to have you come in during the next business day.

Many dental emergencies can be prevented by seeing your dentist regularly. Routine checkups and exams identify problems before they have a chance to get worse. If you do have an emergency situation, call your dentist immediately.  All other dental concerns can probably wait until regular office hours to be addressed.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Dec
29

What to Do When a Filling Falls Out

Posted in Fillings

You’re out of town on a Friday night, and you suddenly feel something weird inside of your mouth. You slide your tongue over your teeth, and one of them suddenly feels sharp and rough. Once you make your way over to a mirror to see what happened, you take a look and realize – your filling has fallen out.

What should you do if a filling falls out? First off – don’t panic. There isn’t a need to try to find the old portion of the filling, because your dentist will not bond it back into place. But, you also don’t want to ignore the whole situation.

The first thing to do is call your dentist. Let them know which tooth is affected. That way they can pull up your records to see how large the filling actually is, and check out x-rays to see if there may be any other complications.

Try not to chew on that tooth. Avoid food on that side of your mouth and chew only on the opposite side. If possible, pick up “temporary” cement or a filling repair kit at the grocery store to patch the area. This will not return function to the tooth, but it will help block out food and minimize discomfort.

Get to your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will need to re-prep the area and place a new filling immediately. This will return normal function to your tooth, prevent infection from spreading, and help you avoid complications like abscesses or tooth fractures.

Don’t put your smile needs off – call your dentist as soon as you experience an emergency like a broken filling.

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

Jun
1

Is It A Real Dental Emergency?

If you are surprised by finding something unusual going on in your mouth, then calling your dentist as soon as possible is a natural reaction. There are some dental “emergencies,” however, that can wait a few days until a convenient appointment time opens up. When do you drop everything and run to the dentist? When you have some time on your side? These guidelines can help.

Pain:

Wait it out – some discomfort is connected to sensitivity from receding gums, or several teeth may ache because of strong clenching habits.

Call the dentist – severe, or lingering pain, especially if it is connected to temperature changes or bite-pressure, or if it is focused to one particular tooth.

Bleeding:

Wait it out – some bleeding on brushing and flossing can be a simple indicator of gingivitis. This is reversed with proper oral hygiene, and a routine dental cleaning.

Call the dentist – if there is nonstop bleeding following a dental procedure or surgery.

Lost filling/crown or fractured tooth:

Wait it out, but not for long – if the damaged area is not sensitive, you may be able to wait, but no longer than a couple of weeks to have the area restored. Never ignore a damaged tooth for long, even if it doesn’t bother you.

Swelling:

Call the dentist RIGHT AWAY – swelling of the cheek, jaw, or noticing any single spots of swelling on your gums could be a sign of dental abscess.

Visit your dentist regularly for routine exams to stay informed of your dental needs. Your dental team is always ready to answer your questions!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

May
1

Spring and Summer Bring More Dental Injuries

Did you know that certain parts of the year could make you and your family more at risk for dental injuries and emergencies?

Athletic Activities

Sports and athletic activities are more common in warmer weather months like the summer. The weather feels good, so people get out and get active. That also means there is more of a chance of accidents like falling, getting hit, or coming into contact with someone else. Wearing a professionally fitted mouth guard can prevent accidental tooth fractures, lip lacerations, and even concussions. 

Time at the Pool

Wet environments mean more people slip and fall, especially at water parks, pools, or in backyard activities. Falls in the bathroom (from a wet floor) are one of the top causes of broken teeth, but summertime slips and bumps are a risk as well. 

First Things First

If you’ve busted or broken a tooth, you need to get to the dentist as quickly as possible, even if it isn’t convenient. Place the tooth in a cup of milk or water to keep it moist. Some adults even hold the tooth inside of their cheek if they are desperate (just be sure not to swallow it!) Professional care within one hour offers the best possible outcome for getting the broken tooth back in place.

If you experience dental trauma this year, it’s ok. You might feel scared or anxious about what to do, but your dentist is already prepared. Call your dentist right away to see how quickly you can be seen. Don’t wait until it’s too late – get the care your smile needs to keep it healthy for many more summers to come.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Dec
28

What to Do When You Chip a Tooth

Chipping a tooth can be scary, bothersome, and even painful. What if the chip is very small? Is it something you should worry about, even if it doesn’t hurt? A lot of people experience very minor chips from accidents around the house or from biting down on something accidentally. Knowing what to do next is important and can protect your smile.

If chips are small, you can have your dentist smooth them out. Small chips may only be 1-1.5mm, but to your tongue they will feel 5 times the size. The sharpness can bother your lips and cheeks, even cutting them at times. Smoothing out these extremely small chips is relatively simple and takes only a few minutes. In most cases your dentist does not even need to use anesthesia!

Moderate chips in the teeth may require a small tooth-colored restoration to restore the appearance of the tooth. Depending on where the chip occurred, some areas are easier to repair than others.

When teeth chip large enough that you can recover the portion of tooth that has broken off, bring it to your dentist. To keep it hydrated, place it in a small amount of saline solution or milk. Your dentist may be able to bond the enamel back into place. If damage is too severe, you may need a larger restoration placed over the tooth to protect it from infection.

When in doubt, always call your dentist. That’s what they are there for! If your injury causes any tooth discoloration, swelling, or lip lacerations you can call your dentist instead of going to the emergency room.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Jun
6

Tips For Dental Emergencies

You can’t prevent every dental emergency, but there are some great steps to avoid the most common ones. While slips in the bathroom are a common reason for children damaging their front teeth, other instances such as sporting injuries or toothaches are another. Here are some tips to help you prevent an emergency, or deal with one that just happened:

Wear a custom-made athletic guard

Professionally made sports guards not only protect your teeth, they also reduce the chance of concussion during your sporting activity. Unlike over the counter guards, a custom-made guard will stay securely in place and be much more comfortable to wear. 

Save your broken-off tooth, but dont clean it

Attempting to clean off a piece of broken tooth can make it impossible for your dentist to re-attach it, because of the microscopic anatomy and fibers in the tooth. Instead, you can place it in a cup of milk or water and immediately take it to your dentist’s office. 

Dont put dental treatment off

Waiting to have a filling done simply because of time or no symptoms of pain will only allow decay to expand further into the tooth. Abscesses and painful toothaches aren’t just miserable, they may also put you in the hospital. Get your treatment completed as early as you can, while the decay is as small as possible.  

Manage the pain until you can get into the dental office

Applying a warm or cold compress to the side of the mouth, rinsing with warm salt-water, and taking an anti-inflammatory medication are all great ways to reduce inflammation and pain on your way to the dentist.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

Feb
12

Emergency Dental Care

No one can ever plan when an emergency will happen. Many people think of an emergency as relating to a broken bone, a car accident, or a sick child. However, dental emergencies happen every day, at all hours of the day. From a tooth being knocked out during a sporting game, to biting down on a piece of hard candy and cracking a tooth, to an abscess that is incredibly painful – dental emergencies require immediate attention.

Dental emergencies should not be ignored because they could be potentially serious or have serious long term consequences. By ignoring a dental problem such as an injury to the teeth or gums can increase the risk of permanent damage to the mouth, as well as the need for extensive treatment in the future.

Abscesses are a common and very painful cause for emergency dental care. Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in spaces between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are incredibly painful and are a very serious condition. The infection within the abscess can easily spread to surrounding teeth and gum tissues, and can also spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. See your doctor immediately if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that is painful.

Other dental emergencies such as a dislodged tooth, lost crown or filling, broken tooth, or a knocked out tooth also require getting to the dentist as soon as possible. For teeth that are broken, cracked, or knocked out the time that lapses between injury and treatment will have a huge impact on whether or not the tooth can be saved.

Just as in any other type of emergency, time is not on your side. Gather any piece or pieces of tooth that you can if it has been broken or knocked out; don’t wait if your mouth develops a sore spot; and don’t try to treat yourself at home. Dentists are prepared for emergencies, and your mouth will be properly treated for any unexpected treatment you may need.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park

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Jan
17

What Happens When You Lose a Filling or Crown

Believe it or not but it is possible to lose a filling or crown. A filling is a material used to fill decayed or damaged areas of  a tooth. A crown is a cover or cap that restores a tooth that has too much damage or decay for a filling. Sometimes because of various reasons the crown or filling can fall out. It’s usually not considered an emergency. However, you do want to be seen by a dental professional as soon as possible.  If you are having any pain, consider it a dental emergency.

Losing the filling or crown can be painful because it exposes the tooth to all the elements. Your tooth may be able to feel pain due to temperature in certain foods and drinks.

After you get an appointment scheduled with your dental professional there are some practices you can do while you wait at home.

  1. If you found the crown you could place it back on top of the tooth. Make sure to clean the crown before placing it back on.
  2. You can apply dental cement or petroleum jelly in the tooth where the filling came out. This will help to protect the tooth.
  3. If you are having pain, take an over the counter pain medication.
  4. Be very careful when chewing food, it’s best to eat softer foods until you are seen by your dentist.

At your dental appointment, your dentist will access the area. Typically the area will be cleaned from any decay and the crown or filling will be replaced. Most of the time the reason the filling or crown was lost is because of tooth decay.  Good oral hygiene habits can prevent this from happening again.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park

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