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Help, My Tooth Has Broken! What To Do In An Emergency

Help, My Tooth Has Broken! What To Do In An Emergency

We are all fairly open to the idea of breaking a bone, or suffering a fracture of sorts. It’s something most of us do at some point in our lives, and although it can be inconvenient it isn’t something that bothers us too much. One thing most people don’t expect to break, however, is a tooth. When do break or chip one, it can have quite a big impact on your life. First off, it can cause you to have difficulty eating, especially if the nerve was damaged in the process of breaking off. It can also hugely affect your self confidence. If the broken tooth is at the front of your mouth, you may become self-conscious when smiling, and may even avoid going out in public until it is fixed. So if you do suffer a broken tooth, how can you cope with it and fix it?

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Prevention

Obviously, prevention is better than a cure. Most broken or chipped teeth happen as a result of a freak accident – perhaps a blow to the face or biting down on something exceptionally hard. But sometimes they can also be the result of poor dental hygiene too. For example. if you have cavities (tooth decay), your teeth may be weakened, meaning that even a light blow could cause them to crack or break. The most important thing to do to prevent this occurring is to keep on top of your dental hygiene. You should brush frequently, at least twice a day, and use floss as well. It is also advisable to use an electric toothbrush, as this will get into places that a manual brush misses. See your dentist for check ups regularly, just so they can check whether anything is amiss or not.

Treatment

There isn’t really any way you can treat a broken tooth at home. Handling it yourself could only make it worse, and you could put yourself at risk of an infection by doing so. Instead, see your dentist as soon as possible. Explain to them what has happened and you may be in with a chance of getting a fast appointment. Your dentist will check whether there is anything medically wrong with your mouth before sorting out the appearance of the tooth. The remains of the broken tooth may be covered with a pfm crown and dental bridge. These are made out of either porcelain or ceramic and can be color matched to blend in with the natural color of your teeth.

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Coping

It can be very easy to panic when you have just suffered a broken tooth, but try and stay calm. Unless you feel any pain in the tooth itself, it is unlikely that the damage is anything more than superficial. If you have a phobia of the dentist, take a friend or family member along for moral support. Your dentist will have dealt with thousands of these kinds of cases in their lifetime, so don’t be embarrassed – they will have seen it all before. A cracked or broken tooth can be unsightly at first, but it is easily fixed and remember that it could always be worse.

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Eight Problems With Your Teeth (And How You Can Fix Them)

Eight Problems With Your Teeth (And How You Can Fix Them)

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One of the worst pains that you can experience is toothache. It feels utterly unrelenting and seems to take over every part of your body with its throbbing pain – and to add insult to injury, you can’t even eat anything that might make you feel better because that just makes the pain worse. Dental pain is one of the biggest causes of chronic pain and it can really blight your quality of life. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help solve some common problems that you might have with your teeth…

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Tooth Sensitivity

A huge number of people suffer from sensitivity in their teeth – known as dentin sensitivity – which means that they have a level of discomfort when consuming certain foods and drinks. It’s such a common problems that it’s estimated that half the population suffers from it, although the pain can thankfully come and go, so you might not have a sensitive tooth at all times. Many people find that they have sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures – meaning that your morning coffee or that ice cream you enjoy as a treat a couple of times a week might be an issue. You might also have problems with sugary, sticky foods. If you think you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity, it might be caused by receding gums or periodontal disease. You could always ask your dentist about the reasons behind your particular tooth sensitivity, and in the meantime start using a toothpaste that’s designed for sensitive teeth.

Bad Breath

Is there anything more embarrassing than bad breath? Of all the dental problems out there, bad breath is the one least likely to elicit sympathetic responses. Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is caused by dental problems up to 85% of the time, so if you’re embarrassed about your breath, don’t stay quiet – chances are, there are things you can do to fix it. Gum disease, cavities, dry mouth and oral cancer can all cause bad breath, so if you think that using mouthwash to cover up the smell is a long term solution, it’s probably better to talk to your dentist instead. Have your teeth thoroughly cleaned by the hygienist, and make sure that you brush twice a day and regularly floss. You could also try using a tongue scraper.

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Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is otherwise known as cavities, and is an incredibly common problem – yet it’s also very painful and sometimes expensive to resolve, so should be avoided at all costs. It’s caused by the build up of plaque on our teeth – this is a sticky substance that builds up over the course of the day in between brushing. Acid is created when plaque reacts to the starches and sugars in our food, and this leads to the erosion of the enamel on our teeth, and from there, tooth decay. The best way to stop yourself getting tooth decay is through making sure that you brush your teeth twice a day and that you regularly floss. Make sure you leave brushing until half an hour after you eat, because this can make your tooth enamel a little more fragile. You should also do your best to cut down on sugary and acidic food and drink.

Tooth Infection

Anyone who’s had a tooth infection will know that there are very few pains as bad as them. Tooth infections are caused by abscesses at the root of the tooth, or between the tooth and the gum, and can be caused by tooth decay, cracked teeth, or gingivitis – all of which can allow bacteria to enter the root of the tooth through openings in the tooth enamel. If you have a tooth infection, you’ll be able to tell from a throbbing, gnawing or sharp pain, along with possible symptoms like a fever, tooth sensitivity, and a bitter taste in your mouth. If you have these symptoms, go to your dentist immediately. If you can’t get an appointment quickly, try a service like http://dentist.24hourly.com or try to combat the pain using clove oil and keep rinsing your mouth out with salt water. You can also use over the counter painkillers to help out. To heal a tooth infection, your dentist may need to drain the abscess through the root or gum, or even to remove the tooth and place a crown in there instead. You will also be given antibiotics to help heal the infection.

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Dry Mouth

Although everyone has a dry mouth from time to time, it may be a sign that there’s a problem with your saliva producing glands if you often have a dry tongue, cracked lips, trouble chewing and mouth sores. Causes of dry mouth can include nervousness, stress, aging, some medications like antidepressants, or cancer treatment like radiation or chemotherapy. Although it doesn’t sound like a particularly big deal, dry mouth can be extremely uncomfortable and can also lead to tooth decay and other dental problems so it’s important to get it treated. The best way to do that is to find out what exactly is causing it, and treat that – and in the meantime, make sure you keep drinking plenty of fluids and maintaining your oral hygiene.

Gum Disease

Up to 75% of people are thought to suffer from some sort of periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. It’s caused mainly by bacteria from plaque build up in your mouth and can be exacerbated by smoking, grinding your teeth and some medications. If you have gingivitis, the beginning stage of gum disease, it’s reversible and can be treated with medications and plaque removal by your dental hygienist. If you have more advanced gum disease, surgery may be required. You can halt gum disease in its steps by making sure that you keep brushing twice a day and flossing on a regular basis – there’s nothing more important than the upkeep of your oral hygiene.

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Dental Occlusion

If you have a problem with your dental occlusion, that means you have a problem with the way your teeth meet when your jaws bite together. That might mean you have a problem with your teeth, your jaw or your gums and you may have problems with fillings fracturing, broken teeth, or tender teeth; you might find the symptoms are more severe in times of stress. You might also suffer from headaches or jaw ache. The best way to deal with issues like this is to go and see your dentist to see if you have TMJ (temporo-mandible joint) problems. Counselling and relaxation techniques like mindfulness might just help, along with diet and exercise like physiotherapy. Dental guards which you wear at night can help with jaw clenching or tooth grinding, and your dentist can also help by adjusting your bite if they think that might be what your issue is.

Oral Cancer

Of course, of all the dental problems you might have, oral cancer is probably the most feared and serious. Regular trips to the dentist for check ups can often pick up on any changes in your mouth but you should always be aware of any white marks, small swellings or sore spots. There may also be areas of numbness or small patches of rough raised skin, or you might notice that there’s a difference in the way that your jaws fit together when you close your mouth. No matter what the exact issue is, whether it’s pain or swellings or discomfort when you move your tongue or jaw, make sure that you talk to your dentist – remember that no problem is too small or insignificant when it comes to your health.

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Brushing Dos And Don’ts: Are You Getting It Right?

Brushing Dos And Don’ts: Are You Getting It Right?

We all know it’s important to look after our teeth so that we can enjoy healthy, attractive smiles for years to come. But have you thought about your dental health impacts the rest of your body? Studies show that caring for your teeth and gums has incredible benefits for general health. Research suggests that poor oral health increases your risk of a host of health problems, from heart disease and dementia to strokes and diabetes. It’s never been more important to pay attention to your pearly whites, so are you getting it right? Here are some simple tips to ensure that you’re doing everything you can to keep your dental health on track.

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Have you got your brushing technique down?

Brushing your teeth is essential because it eliminates harmful bacteria and food debris from the mouth. If you don’t brush, there’s a good chance that plaque will form. Plaque is a sticky, colorless substance, which you may be able to feel on your teeth when you first wake up. It clings to the surfaces of the teeth and the gums, and it’s made from bacteria, food particles, and saliva. Plaque is the main cause of dental decay and gum disease.

Brushing dos

Do brush for 2 minutes

It’s not enough to whizz a brush around your mouth and hope for the best. You need to pay due care and attention when you brush. Set a timer to make sure that you brush for at least two minutes. It may not sound like a long time, but you may be shocked if you timed how long you brush for at the moment. Take care to clean every tooth, and angle the head of the brush so that you can clean along the gum line.

Do swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months

Be honest. When was the last time you swapped your toothbrush head or bought a new toothbrush? It’s essential to replace brushes every 3-4 months, as work bristles don’t work properly. Some brushes are fitted with colored bristles, which show you when you need to buy a new brush. If you’re not sure which brush to buy, your family dentist will be able to give you tips and recommendations.

Brushing don’ts

Brush too hard

You may think that the harder you brush, the better the results, but sadly, you’d be wrong. Brushing vigorously can actually do more harm than good, as it can wear away the enamel. When you’re brushing, use small, circular motions, and be gentle. Once your enamel is worn, it’s not possible to repair it.

Rinse after brushing

Many people assume that they need to rinse their mouth out after brushing. However, it’s actually better to avoid doing this. If you use fluoride toothpaste, rinsing the mouth removes the fluoride, and prevents it from benefiting your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral, which helps to strengthen the enamel and reduce the risk of decay.

Most of us have been brushing our teeth twice a day for as long as we can remember, but have you been getting it right? Hopefully, these simple dos and don’ts will enable you to hone your brushing skills and reduce your risk of developing troublesome dental diseases.

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