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

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

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

Dec
17

Dental Emergencies over the Holidays

A dental emergency typically happens when you least expect it, and at times when it’s difficult to get to your dentist. With all of the holiday travel throughout this time of the year, it’s not uncommon for you or someone you know to experience a toothache or emergency when they’re out of town visiting family and friends.

The first thing to do when you experience a toothache or other dental emergency is to contact your normal dental provider. Let them know exactly which tooth it is, what happened, and what your symptoms are. Even if it’s after hours, most dentists will have an emergency dentist who is on-call to address emergency calls from existing patients, although you may be required to leave a message with call back number first. This allows the team to access your dental records and know if there are any underlying causes that can be contributing to the emergency, if applicable.

If you have broken a tooth, place the broken tooth enamel into a glass of water or milk as soon as possible. Do not attempt to clean the tooth off! Call your dentist, or if you are out of town you may attempt to contact a friend or relative’s dentist who is in the area. Bring the broken piece of tooth with you.

Many emergencies are due to not having a cavity fixed, and the decay spreading or causing an abscess in your mouth later on. The best way to prevent these type of emergencies is by having dental treatment completed as early as possible, when decay is at its smallest. Unfortunately, cavities cannot go away on their own, so treatment early on will keep them smaller and easier to care for.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

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