Dental Tips Blog

Jun
22

Treat a Toothache at Home with These 6 Simple Remedies

Have you come down with a toothache at 1 AM on a Saturday night?

Here are eight things to try to relieve the pain until you can see a dentist.

Salt Water Rinse

Salt water is a natural way to cleanse your mouth of debris and bacteria, and bring down inflammation. Swish a mixture of salt and warm water gently around your mouth.

Cold Compress

Ice is one of the best ways to numb oral pain whether it’s due to an abscess, injury, or swollen gums. It also reduces swelling, a primary cause of pain.

Peppermint Tea Bag

A warm cup of brewed peppermint tea could give you some soothing relief. But you might enjoy the cooling sensation of a damp peppermint tea bag that’s spent a few minutes in the freezer and then used as a compress.

Garlic

Garlic has natural antibacterial properties. Crush a small amount with some salt and place it on the throbbing tooth.

Clove Oil

You might not have clove oil handy, but it is a great natural anesthetic. Its active ingredient is a substance called eugenol, which is also found in dental materials. Dab a little clove oil on your sore tooth.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Peroxide is dangerous if swallowed, so mix only a small amount with equal parts of water, swish for 30 seconds, and then rinse your mouth out thoroughly with plain water. The peroxide can help calm a raging infection in your tooth or gums.

Whether your tooth starts to feel better or not after trying these remedies, you should still schedule an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible. Teeth don’t usually hurt without good cause and your dentist can help you figure out and treat the problem at its source, before bigger issues show up.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverwood Dental
3350 Riverwood Pkwy #2120
Atlanta GA 30339
(770) 955-2505

Jan
7

3 Options for Fixing a Chipped Tooth

A chipped tooth can be embarrassing at the least, and excruciatingly painful, at worst.

How you fix a fractured tooth will also depend on the extent of the damage. Here are a few of the most common options your dentist may offer:

Dental Bonding

Small chips in teeth can often be patched up with a little composite filling material in a procedure called bonding. The dentist molds the tooth-colored putty against your tooth to fill in the gap and then cures it with a special light.

Bonding doesn’t require much drilling, if any at all. This makes the procedure quick and anesthesia-free.

Dental Veneers

A chipped piece of enamel that can’t be repaired with bonding may call for a veneer – a thin porcelain shell that covers the entire face of the tooth.

Veneers can mask gaps, stain, and rough enamel in addition to covering up chips in teeth.

Dental Crown

Full coverage crowns are best for teeth with large fractures. A crown keeps the entire tooth strong and intact during biting and chewing.

If your fractured tooth has already suffered some nerve damage, then it may need to be treated with a root canal before capping it.

Why You Should Repair a Chipped Tooth

Your chipped tooth may not seem like a big deal. If you don’t mind how it looks and it doesn’t hurt, why bother fixing it?

The truth is that a chipped tooth is weak and prone to breaking even more. The more damaged your tooth is, the harder it will be to fix the chip. Restoring your tooth now will help it retain its natural strength for many years.

Contact a restorative dentist near you to find out which option is best for fixing your fractured tooth enamel.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Jan
7

What to Do if Your Child Breaks a Tooth

A slip in the bathtub or hit with a softball can instantly change your plans for the day. Here’s what you can do if your child accidentally fractures their tooth.

Broken Tooth Emergency

Be there for your child. He or she may be in pain from the accident and shaken up from realizing a part of their tooth is gone. Reassure them that everything will be okay and then find out whether their tooth hurts.

Recover any fractured tooth pieces to show the dentist. Have your child rinse out with warm water to cleanse their mouth of any debris. They can gently hold gauze if there is any bleeding. Place an ice pack on the outside of their cheek to help reduce swelling and pain.

Call your dentist to find out how soon your child can get in for an emergency dental appointment.

Fixing a Child’s Broken Tooth

Your dentist will explain a few options for repairing the broken tooth.

If it’s a baby tooth that’s severely damaged, then it may need to be extracted. On the other hand, if the nerve is not compromised and the tooth is structurally-sound, then a stainless steel crown may be sufficient to hold things together.

Small chips in adult and baby teeth alike can be polished out. Uneven edges can be filled in with dental bonding to smooth them out. Unfortunately, severe cracks often call for a root canal and crown to help permanent teeth stay with your child for life.

Which treatment method is right for your child depends on their age and the extent of the damage that occurred.

Call your dentist right away if your child breaks a tooth to know which steps to take first.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Jan
6

When Your Child Has A Dental Emergency

Children have a tendency to get into accidents. They slip and bruise their knees, their arms, bump their heads, and even get hit in the mouth! The sight of blood coming from your son or daughter’s teeth is enough to make you panic.

But before you take him or her to the hospital, you should know that the emergency room is NOT always the best place for a dental emergency.

Quick Assessment

First things first, don’t freak out! Your little one takes emotional cues from you. If you don’t panic, he will regain calm quicker.

After he settles, open his mouth so you can see where it’s bleeding. Look for knocked out or broken teeth and cuts in the lips, cheeks, or gums. If there is an avulsed (knocked out) tooth, and you were able to find it, handle it carefully; avoid touching the root, and gently place it back in the socket it came from.

Have him bite down on a tea bag or piece of gauze to hold it back in, and to apply pressure to the wounded site. If he isn’t old enough to keep the tooth in this way, place the broken or knocked out teeth is a small cup of milk, and bring him to the dentist right away.

Same Day Care is Important

Even if there isn’t a broken or knocked out tooth, and blow to the mouth could cause the roots of intact teeth to die. Your dentist will complete a gentle, thorough exam, including x-rays to ensure the teeth are still ok, and that there are no other affected areas. Don’t hesitate to call if your child has a dental emergency.

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

Nov
28

How to Get Relief from a Toothache Until You Can See a Dentist

Maybe you bit down on a hard nut in trail mix while camping and shattered a chipped tooth. Or perhaps you realized you had an abscess in the middle of the night.

Whatever the case, you’re in pain and since toothaches tend to strike at inconvenient times, you fear you won’t be able get to a dental office any time soon.

What can you do to get some fast relief? Here are a few tips to help.

Rinse with saltwater.

Swish your mouth with a small glass of warm water that has a teaspoon of salt dissolved in it. This will help reduce swelling, soothe your mouth, and cleanse your sore tooth of debris.

Make a cold compress.

You can never go wrong with a numbingly cold ice pack. Place a cold compress against the side of your face to dull the pain when you have nothing else on hand.

Use a topical anesthetic or clove oil.

Topical oral numbing gels are lifesavers in dental emergencies! They are especially good for soft tissue injuries such as when you accidentally bite your lip or tongue.

Take a painkiller.

Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen work well at dulling dental pain and inflammation to help you sleep through the night.

Try a temporary dental cement.

Temporary dental cements can be found in almost any drugstore, often coming in a kit with little tools to apply it. The cement can be used to patch up a hole left behind when a filling falls out or to reattach a loose dental crown until you can see a dentist.

You shouldn’t wait long to contact a dentist. At the earliest opportunity, call about an emergency visit to have your toothache treated.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverwood Dental
3350 Riverwood Pkwy #2120
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 955-2505

Sep
9

What to Do if Your Filling Falls Out Over Holiday Break

With the holiday season fast approaching, you’re already making arrangements for spending time off with friends and family.

Whether Thanksgiving or Christmas break have you headed to a ski resort or more tropical climates, you may be planning to spend your vacation time away from home.

A dental emergency doesn’t always happen when it’s convenient for you.

What should you do if a filling pops out over vacation while you’re away from your dentist?

Patch Up the Hole

First, check to see whether it was just the filling or if some tooth came off with it.

If you aren’t in extreme pain or bleeding, then the fracture can probably wait to be repaired when you get back home in a few days.

Check out the nearest drugstore for a temporary dental cement. This is the best thing to do since it will stabilize your tooth, reduce sensitivity, and prevent food from getting stuck.

No temporary cement to be found?

The next best option is sugar-free chewing gum. Chew up a small piece and then pack it into the hole in your tooth. This will likewise help protect your tooth as well as save your tongue from any sharp edges.

See a Dentist, Any Dentist!

If you won’t be back in town within the week, it’s best to go see a local dentist. Even if your tooth doesn’t hurt, you want it examined and x-rayed to check for internal damage.

As long as the dentist gives the okay, you may opt to just get a temporary filling right there at the office. Then, you can find a more permanent solution when you are able to visit your regular dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Jan
29

Here’s The Real Reason Your Filling Fell Out

You went to turn on the kitchen sink when suddenly the faucet fell off. You simply backed your car out of the garage when that clunking sound started up. It took only two bites of a burger for your filling to completely pop out of your tooth.

Do you see a pattern in these events that plague all of us at one time or another?

Problems can seem to come up out of the blue at the most inconvenient times. But quite often, these “unexpected” events started out long before you noticed them.

It takes a mechanic who really knows cars to let you know that your wheel bearing issue started weeks ago. Likewise, a dentist knows that it takes a good deal of time for a filling to come loose.

Dental restorations like fillings only come loose under certain conditions:

  • A cavity has started underneath or the margin is starting to leak
  • You should have gotten a much stronger dental crown in place of the filling
  • Your filling is experiencing an unusual amount of wear (i.e., you have a habit of grinding your teeth)

This means that if your filling comes out, it probably had a problem that began quite some time ago. You can’t blame a loose filling on getting a dental cleaning or eating soup.

So what should you do in the event of an unexpected dental emergency?

Lost fillings can be replaced with a temporary cement found at your local drugstore. This will protect the hole in the tooth. Next, visit your dentist as soon as possible to see what can be done.

You can avoid losing a filling altogether by getting regular smile checkups. Schedule your appointment today.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

Oct
16

What Stress is Doing to Your Smile

Almost all of us experience some severe and even chronic stress in our lives. Taking a good look at your oral health can alert you to any possible changes you should be making in your routine.

Bad Habits

Nail-biting, lip-chewing, cheek-chomping, pen-nibbling . . . none of these are good for you or your teeth. Yet they’re so hard to break!

Bruxism

This unconscious habit of grinding and/or clenching the teeth is a dangerous one. It can lead to TMJ issues, a chipped tooth, gum recession, and worn enamel, to name a few problems.

Poor Nutrition

Poor eating habits often piggyback on stressful situations. Stress is behind excessive alcohol, sugar, and fat consumption. You might even be prone to skipping meals. At any rate, poor nutrition deprives your mouth of the vitamins it needs to fight disease.

Cosmetic Damage

It’s no surprise that stress can trigger those dreaded worry lines around the eyebrows and mouth. Constant tension can simply reduce the number of times you smile in a day and that’s certainly not attractive.

Gum Disease

Studies have shown a link between stress and the rate at which gum disease (periodontitis) progresses. This is likely because anxiety levels impair your body’s ability to fight off infection.

We’ve considered just a few areas of oral health that are affected by stress. But you probably get the idea by now that your teeth are closely connected to virtually every other body system. Take care of your health, take care of your smile! Talk with your doctor about reducing stress in your life and ask your dentist how to keep stress from taking a toll on your teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Midgette Family Dentistry
3326 Taylor Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23321
757-214-9649

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

Feb
21

3 Ways to Prevent a Dental Emergency

Your teeth are strong. In fact, they are made from the most durable substance in your entire body! However, this doesn’t mean that your teeth can’t suffer damage. An unexpected tooth fracture is one of the most common types of dental emergencies. Fortunately, there are ways to restore your tooth from damage, whether it was cracked, chipped or broken. But if you’d like to try and avoid the dental emergency visit altogether, follow these preventive tips for your family:

#1 Wear A Mouthguard
One of the most prevalent places for mouth-related injuries to occur is on the playing field. If your child is involved in sports, consider a custom fit mouthguard for valued protection. A mouthguard can protect the teeth, gums, lips and cheek from injury or laceration. Recent studies have even concluded that a mouthguard lowers concussion risk in youth sports.

#2 Be Smart With Your Teeth
Your teeth are designed to help you chew and digest food. They are not tools for opening bottles or clipping nails. Bad dental habits on a daily basis can cause your tooth structure to weaken and eventually fracture. If you like to chomp ice, bite your nails or rip open packages with your teeth, you’re more likely to find yourself calling for an emergency dental appointment.

#3 Practice Good Oral Hygiene
One of the best ways to ensure your teeth are strong and healthy is to keep them clean. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis keeps cavities at bay. When decay develops on your teeth, the tooth is weakened and more vulnerable to cracking or chipping. Severe decay can also lead to excruciating tooth pain that keeps you from your daily tasks.

While the above guidelines can lower your chances for encountering a dental emergency, there is no way to prevent it completely. If you are suffering from a dental emergency, don’t ignore it. Neglecting to treat a damaged, injured or infected tooth can lead to worsening pain and more costly treatment.

Farhan Qureshi, DDS is proud to offer a full menu of emergency dentistry services in a state-of-the-art dental practice in Arlington. Dr. Qureshi can restore your smile with attention to health, function and aesthetics.

Posted on behalf of:
Farhan Qureshi, DDS
2300 N Pershing Dr, #373
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 970-5082

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