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What to Do in Case of Dental Emergency

Knowing what to do in case of accident or another dental emergency can help save a tooth and prevent further complications. Here are some tips on dealing with common emergency situations: Knocked out adult tooth. Contact a dentist without delay. Continuously the tooth moist while you get to the dental clinic. This can be done by keeping it in the mouth, in milk or in a tooth preservation product. Cracked tooth. Gently clean the area by rinsing it with warm water. Use compresses if swelling occurs. Bit tongue or lip. Rinse the area with warm water, then apply a cold compress to keep swelling down. Object stuck in mouth. Carefully use floss in an attempt to remove it. Never use a pointed instrument. Toothache. Rinse the mouth with warm water and gently floss to remove stuck food. Never put aspirin on the gums or a tooth. In the case of dental emergency, you should see a dentist or go to the emergency room without delay. It’s always better to avoid a dental accident in the first place. To reduce the risk of tooth injury, always wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports, avoid chewing excessively hard foods like popcorn kernels and never use your teeth to cut or open...

Sealants

The best way to prevent cavities is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Even with proper daily cleaning, it is easy to miss food particles and bacteria; especially on those back molars, which we use to chew. These hard to reach teeth are rough and uneven, providing a perfect place for cavity-causing bacteria to hide. Fortunately, there is another safeguard available to help prevent cavities from forming. Sealants are made from dental materials such as plastic and provide a thin, protective coating over the chewing surface of your back teeth. While sealants are not a replacement for brushing and flossing, when used in conjunction with proper dental hygiene, they can help stop early decay from becoming a cavity. Sealants have proven to lower the risk of tooth decay of the molars by nearly 80%. Protecting these teeth is vitally important to your child’s oral health. According to a 2016 report released by the Centers for Disease Control, only 43% of children ages 6-11 have their teeth sealed. The CDC stresses the importance of these sealants in their report, stating that school-age children are at almost three times the risk of cavities without sealants in comparison to those with...

No Need To Live With Sensitive Teeth

Pain from sensitive teeth manifests itself when eating or drinking something hot or cold. It can vary from a slight discomfort to a full out “ouch!” moment. Tooth sensitivity is a condition that is quite common and can be caused by a variety of different issues. It could be due to tooth decay, or a cavity, gum disease, worn tooth enamel, a broken or fractured tooth or filling, or an exposed root. Enamel covers the crown of the tooth, or its exposed part. This acts as a natural protector against acid and stains. Underneath the gum line is a substance called cementum, which protects the roots of the teeth. Beneath these protective layers is the dentin of the tooth in which lie canals or tubules that are hollow. When the protective enamel or cementum erodes, the dentin can sense pain Dentists can reduce or eliminate sensitivity by addressing its...

Caring for Your Teeth as You Get Older

Tooth loss is not an inevitable part of getting older. While the aging process does raise some unique oral health concerns, proper care will ensure that your teeth remain healthy throughout your life. As you get older, your teeth may not be as sensitive to decay and other problems as when you were younger. This is because the nerve endings in your teeth start to become smaller. This means that regular dental exams are essential in order to catch problems while they are still easily treated. Tips for Protecting Your Oral Health: Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you have arthritis or other issues affecting your hand or wrist, you might find an electric toothbrush easier to manage. You should use dental floss or a flossing tool at least once a day. Drink tap water containing fluoride whenever possible to prevent decay. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a...

Various Causes and Treatments for TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders can be caused by a number of things including: Grinding teeth Misalignment of the jaw Arthritis Before TMJ can be addressed it must be diagnosed. This is done through a dental exam, and the dentist will check for unexplained noises, tenderness or problems with jaw movement. Once diagnosed, a treatment course will be recommended. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDR) offers the following basic approaches to start: Using heat to soothe pain Abstaining from hard foods and gum Relaxing the jaw muscles Other treatments that may help are: Using exercise techniques to increase mandibular strength Using a mouth guard to prevent grinding Using various prescription medications In severe cases of TMJ, it may be necessary to fix alignment by addressing an uneven bite. Orthodontic approaches may also help. The final course of treatment will be determined by the dentist taking into account symptoms and...

Is An Electric Toothbrush Better Than A Manual?

You can effectively clean your teeth with a manual toothbrush. However, you can use an electric toothbrush in the place of a regular toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are great for people who suffer from arthritis or have a condition that makes it difficult to brush. An electric toothbrush can help you get rid of more plaque. It can also make your gums healthier. If you want to use an electric toothbrush, then you should select one that is easy to use. Your dentist might recommend that you use an electric toothbrush with a rotating head. Electric toothbrushes may have numerous other features, such as rechargeable batteries, adjustable power levels and timers. Make sure that you read the manufacturer’s instructions before you use the electric toothbrush. The instructions will not only tell you how to use the electric toothbrush, but it will also tell you when you should replace the toothbrush head. Regardless of whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush, the most important things that you can do for your oral health is to floss and brush...
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