Dental Tips Blog


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 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


What to Do When a Dental Filling Falls Out

Posted in Fillings

Dental fillings can fall out for a variety of reasons:

  • It didn’t set properly or have time to harden after being placed
  • Chewing on a hard food that chipped the tooth
  • The filling is outdated and starting to leak
  • A new cavity wore away tooth around the filling

Whatever the cause, losing your restoration can be a bothersome sensation.

Here’s what to do if you experience this dental emergency.

Call a Dentist

Most dental offices can see you right away to address your emergency since they leave time in their schedule for cases like this each day. Call an office nearby to find out how soon they can see you.

When You Have to Wait

If you’re unable to see a dentist ASAP for any reason, the most important thing you can do is protect your tooth.

Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the tooth that’s missing a filling. Biting down on a weak tooth that has a hole in it increases the risk of it breaking even more.

Look for an emergency tooth repair kit in a drugstore. These kits contain a temporary dental cement. You can safely apply this cement yourself to protect and strengthen your tooth until you’re able to get the tooth properly repaired.

What if It Hurts?

A missing filling doesn’t automatically equal a toothache. But it’s normal for teeth to be sensitive after a filling falls out and leaves behind a gaping hole.

Here, too, a temporary filling will help insulate the exposed tooth nerves. A topical anesthetic can also aid in dulling pain.

Talk with your dentist to find out what you can do to keep your dental restorations snug in your teeth for as long as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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

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