August 4th, 2017
Sometimes, accidents happen when you least expect them and that’s why we’re always ready to leap into action if you need urgent dental help. If you’ve lost a tooth while you’re out and about, we can help. Here is some useful information to help ease anxiety and get you smiling again if you do lose a tooth unexpectedly.
What to do if you lose a tooth
The first thing to do if you lose a tooth is locate the tooth. If you’re able to get help quickly enough, it may be possible to save a tooth that has been knocked out (this is also known as an avulsed tooth). Give us a call and let us know that you’ll be dropping in to see us and we’ll do our best to fix you up as quickly as possible.
If you are able to find the tooth, clean it very gently and make sure you hold it only by the crown section, rather than the roots. Once the tooth is cleaned, you can attempt to re-implant the tooth into its socket. If you can’t do it, or you don’t feel comfortable trying, you can leave this job to us. In the meantime, while you’re on your way, store the tooth in a glass of milk or tepid water. If you can get to us fast enough, our dentists will try their best to put the tooth safely back into the socket.
If it’s not possible to save the tooth, don’t panic. We have some excellent tooth replacement treatments we can use to restore your smile, including dental bridges and dental implants. Our dentists will go through the treatment options with you so that you’re able to make a well-informed decision.
Preventing dental injuries
Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid injury, but there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of accidents, such as:
- Wearing a protective mouth guard for sports like boxing, hockey, rugby and lacrosse
- Wearing a seat belt
- Avoiding using your teeth to try and cut labels off or open bottles
July 31st, 2017
Toothache can be incredibly troubling. Nobody wants to battle pain, let alone worry about what’s causing it. If you’re nervous about toothache, and you’re apprehensive about seeing a dentist, we are here to help. We promise you that you’re in expert hands. We are a really friendly bunch, and we have many years of experience in treating anxious patients. If you’re struggling, call us now. Our team is ready and raring to go and we’ll do everything possible to get you smiling again in no time at all.
What causes toothache?
The first thing we will try and ascertain when you come and see us is what’s causing your pain. Once we know the answer to this question, we can start thinking about the best treatment options. Commonly, toothache is caused by decay. Sometimes, when you bite down you may feel the pain intensify in your tooth. It may also be possible to feel a cavity in the tooth if you run your tongue along the surface. If you have a cavity (a hole in the tooth), the best course of action is to place a filling. This will restore the tooth and prevent harmful bacteria reaching other parts of the tooth.
Sometimes, toothache can be symptomatic of a dental abscess, a fluid-filled sore, which develops as a result of infection. Dental abscesses are not the same as abscesses that form in other parts of the body, so you’ll need to see a dentist if you think you may have an abscess. Usually, abscesses are treated with antibiotics, but in the case of dental abscesses, they will need to be drained and removed. Symptoms of an abscess include throbbing, severe pain, swelling, and generally feeling unwell. If you have these symptoms, get in touch as soon as possible, as the sooner abscesses are treated, the better.
If you have toothache, you may be nervous about calling the dentist, but we are here to help. We will do our best to see you as quickly as possible and relieve your pain. Our dentists are caring and gentle, and we use the latest techniques and technology to minimise pain.
July 3rd, 2017
Dentures are an effective means of replacing lost teeth, but they can only do their job properly if they’re in good condition and they fit well. If your denture has come loose or it is damaged, we strongly recommend giving us a call. We offer swift denture repairs and we can also replace damaged and ill-fitting dentures.
What to do if your denture breaks
Dentures are robust, but they’re not immune to damage. Accidents can happen, and if you drop your denture or it gets crushed by something, the best thing to do is give us a call. We’ll try and fit you in as soon as possible, and we can get started on either trying to repair or replace the damaged denture. Don’t try and soldier on with a broken denture, as you may find that it causes you pain and discomfort and you won’t be able to speak or eat properly.
We recommend avoiding DIY dental repairs, as it’s possible that you’ll end up doing more harm than good.
Denture care tips
Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid or prevent accidents. However, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of denture damage. We advise all our patients to schedule regular dental checks. Even if you have no natural teeth remaining, it’s important to see your dentist so that they can have a look at your gums and check the fit and condition of your denture. Your mouth changes shape constantly, so a denture won’t last forever. It will need adjusting or replacing periodically to ensure that it fits you perfectly and prevent sore spots. When you’re cleaning your denture, do it over a basin filled with water or place a cloth or towel on the surface. This will reduce the risk of the denture breaking if you drop it while you’re cleaning it. When you’re not using your denture, keep it in a glass of lukewarm water. Don’t use boiling water to cleanse the appliance, as hot water can cause it become misshapen.
If you have a denture and you’re worried that it may be damaged or broken, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
June 30th, 2017
Have you got a cracked tooth? Have you been involved in an accident or have you been injured playing sport? If a tooth is cracked or you think you may have a broken tooth, it’s important to visit a dentist immediately.
Why it’s important to see a dentist if you have a cracked tooth
If you have a cracked tooth, it’s beneficial to seek advice from your dentist as quickly as possible. If the tooth is injured, it will be more vulnerable to further damage and it may become infected. When you see your dentist, they will assess the severity of damage and come up with solutions, which will be discussed with you. Leaving the tooth untreated could result in extensive damage and you may experience severe pain, especially when you try and eat or bite down on the tooth.
Solutions for a cracked tooth
If you’ve broken a tooth, your dentist will discuss possible treatment options with you. The type of treatment will depend on the severity of the crack and any additional damage the injury has caused. If the tooth is slightly chipped, rather than broken, it may be possible to restore it using a filling or a technique called dental bonding. If the tooth is broken, it’s likely that a new crown will be required. Crowning a tooth involves placing a cap (also known as a crown) over the tooth. This helps to strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage. Crowns can be made from various materials, including metals and ceramics. We often recommend porcelain crowns, as these produce the most natural, aesthetically pleasing results.
Preventing dental damage
It’s not possible to avert every injury; however, there are certain things you can to try and protect your teeth, including:
- Wearing a gum shield when you play sport
- Wearing a seatbelt
- Seeing your dentist for regular check-ups
- Avoiding using your teeth to open bottles or packets
If you’ve sustained a dental injury, and you need advice, call us now! We will do our best to have you pain-free as quickly as possible.
June 12th, 2017
Most of us are familiar with the benefits of brushing our teeth twice a day, but have you ever made time to clean your tongue too? We grow up with teeth cleaning incorporated into our daily routine, but brushing your tongue is also really important.
Why you should clean your tongue
When you brush your teeth, you remove food debris and bacteria from your mouth and give the hard enamel surface a good polish. The aim of brushing is not just to freshen your breath and make your teeth sparkle. It’s also to reduce the risk of plaque formation. Plaque is a colourless substance, which develops when bits of food are combined with bacteria and saliva. If you brush frequently, there’s a much lower risk of plaque forming, and this lowers the chances of you suffering from decay and gum disease. Cleaning your tongue offers the same benefits, but it also helps to tackle bad breath. When you brush the tongue, you eliminate harmful bacteria, which keeps plaque at bay, but you’ll also be taking positive steps towards preventing bad breath. This is because many cases of halitosis are linked to bacteria located at the back of the tongue. These bacteria multiply, and when they feed, they release gases, which have an unpleasant odour.
Tongue cleaning tips
When you clean your tongue, you can use your normal toothbrush or a tongue scraper. If you are using your brush, take care when you reach towards the back of the mouth, as this may trigger your gag reflex. Be gentle. If you need any advice about cleaning your tongue or you’re not sure what to do, your dentist will be happy to offer some helpful tips.
May 26th, 2017
Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults living in Great Britain? Gum disease can be very serious, but the good news is that it is preventable. Here are some tips to help you protect your gums and some more information about the services we offer to prevent and treat gum disease.
What you can do at home
Gum disease occurs when bacteria present in plaque irritates the gums. This causes them to become red, swollen, and sore. Many people first suspect that they may have gum disease when they notice traces of blood after spitting when they clean their teeth. To prevent gum disease, the best thing you can do is try and eliminate the chances of plaque forming in the first place. Brushing twice-daily and daily flossing help to remove bacteria and food debris before they can combine with saliva to form plaque. Your diet is also really important. Try and make sure that you stick to your recommended daily intake of sugar and avoid snacking throughout the day.
We also recommend attending regular check-ups. Our dentists are trained to detect the very early warning signs of gum disease, and they can address potential problems before they become more advanced. Ideally, we recommend 6-12 monthly checks. However, if you notice symptoms, call and book an appointment as soon as possible.
Treating gum disease
In the early stages, gum disease (gingivitis) is relatively easy to manage. However, if it is left to progress, it can cause irreparable damage to the gums. The bone tissue, which supports the teeth and gums also becomes damaged, and this results in the teeth becoming loose and eventually falling out. Treatment for advanced gum disease (periodontitis) involves long-term management, frequent cleaning and plaque and tartar removal treatments and sometimes even surgery.
If you’re keen to find out more about gum disease, call us today.
May 5th, 2017
Summer is coming, and many of us will be looking forward to enjoying nights on the town that don’t involve shivering while you wait for a taxi or trying desperately to avoid downpours as you leave a bar. If you’re planning a night out for a special occasion or you’re catching up with old friends over a drink or two, spare a thought for your teeth. Many of the treats we tend to indulge in after a night out are laden with sugar. Here are some healthier options to get your teeth into:
Whole grain toast: toast is a staple post-night out snack. White bread certainly isn’t the worst thing you can eat, but try and make sure you opt for wholemeal bread, as it has lower sugar content. Wholemeal bread also contains more fibre, which is good for your digestive health.
Dairy products: many drinks are acidic, so tucking into a snack or meal that contains dairy products is beneficial for your teeth. Milky drinks, cheese, and yoghurts are good sources of calcium, which is important for strong bones and teeth, but they also have a high pH value. Dairy products neutralise acids in the mouth, reducing the risk of enamel erosion.
Strawberries: if you fancy something sweet when you get home, don’t reach for the biscuit tin or open a bag of sweets. Instead, raid the fruit bowl and treat yourself to some juicy strawberries. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which is good for your gums, and the rough skin also acts as a natural stain remover. Strawberries also contain malic acid, which whitens the teeth.
When you’ve been out for a few drinks, it can be tempting to indulge in some unhealthy snacks when you get in. The next day, you may regret your choices, especially if you wake up with toothache or an upset stomach. Try and stick to healthy options like those listed above, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
April 28th, 2017
Swelling is often a sign of underlying dental issues. If you have swollen gums or your tooth is very painful and the surrounding area of gum tissue is inflamed, we urge you to get in touch. The sooner we see you, the sooner we can help you to feel more comfortable.
What causes swelling?
Swelling is most commonly associated with a dental abscess. An abscess is a fluid-filled sore, which can be found in the tooth or between the tooth and the gum. Abscesses are usually very painful, and they can cause acute throbbing pain. If you have an abscess, the area of gum surrounding the tooth may be swollen and tender, and you may also have a high temperature and feel unwell. If you have an abscess, you need to see a dentist. Dental abscesses are not treated in the same way as other types of abscess. Often, antibiotics are prescribed for abscesses, but with dental abscesses, the sore needs to be drained and removed.
Swelling can also be a sign of gum disease. If the gums are swollen, and they feel sore, this may indicate that you have gingivitis or periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, while periodontal disease is more advanced. Other signs you may spot include bleeding when you brush and tenderness. If you think you may have gum disease, it’s wise to see your dentist. Mild gum disease can be treated fairly easily, but severe cases require intensive treatment.
If you have a swollen tooth or your gums are inflamed, don’t suffer in silence. Call us now, and we’ll do our best to have you free from pain in no time.
April 6th, 2017
Easter is just around the corner, and for many of us, this means indulging in chocolate eggs. While there’s nothing wrong with having a treat from time to time, gorging on sugary foods spells bad news for your teeth. If you’re keen to avoid toothache this Easter, here are some top tips to bear in mind.
Limiting your sugar intake
Easter is a time when we exchange gifts, usually in the form of chocolate eggs and other sugary delicacies. Nobody is saying that you have to miss out on Easter treats, but this Easter, spare a thought for your teeth and gums. Try and moderate your sugar intake, and avoid eating between meals. If you do fancy a bit of chocolate, make sure you eat it just before or after a main meal. If you graze throughout the day, your teeth will be under constant acid attack. This is because when you eat, the bacteria in your mouth release acids, which soften your enamel. If you eat at mealtimes only, this gives your enamel chance to recover.
Cleaning your teeth
It’s important to look after your teeth all year-round, so make sure your dental hygiene regime is up to scratch this Easter. Clean your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, and make sure you do a thorough job. Brush for two minutes, and take care to cover each tooth. Put your brush head at a 45-degree angle so that you can clean along the gum line. After brushing, floss between your teeth.
See your dentist
If you haven’t been to the dentist for at least 6 months, now is the ideal time to pick up the phone and book a dental appointment. Even if you don’t have any pain or problems, it’s important to see your dentist on a regular basis. Regular routine check-ups can decrease your risk of developing gum disease and dental decay by up to 60 percent.
For more advice about oral health, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.
March 31st, 2017
If you wear dentures, it’s important to take steps to protect them and prevent damage. Sometimes, accidents are inevitable, but if you follow these simple steps, you may be able to avoid denture damage.
Storing your dentures
If you’re not wearing your dentures, make sure you store them in a safe place. Even if you’re in a mad rush, resist the temptation to put them down or leave them lying around. Keep them in a box or pop them in a glass of water or cleaning solution while you clean them or give your gums a rest.
Cleaning your denture
When you’re cleaning your denture, make sure you put a towel down underneath you or fill the basin with water. This way, if you do drop the denture, it won’t get damaged. Even if you don’t have any natural teeth remaining, it’s important to keep your denture clean to minimise the risk of oral infections and gum disease. When you clean your denture, use lukewarm water. Don’t use boiling water, as this can cause the denture to become misshapen.
If you wear dentures, you’ll still need to see your dentist on a regular basis. When you see your dentist, they will check your denture, and make sure that it fits properly. You’ll need to replace your denture periodically because the shape of your mouth changes all the time, and your denture will lose its snug fit with time. If you have any problems with your denture or you notice any cracks or signs of damage, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We offer denture repairs and replacements.
If you need advice about taking care of your denture, your dentures are damaged, or your denture has started to feel loose, get in touch with us today.