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5 Top Tips to Avoid A Dental Emergency

Nobody wants to find themselves in a situation where they need urgent assistance for a dental injury. Sadly, accidents happen. It’s not always possible to avoid injuries, but there are certain things you can do to try and lower your risk of dental woes. Here are 5 top tips:

  1. Wear a mouth guard: if you play sport, and there’s a risk of dental injuries, it’s always a good idea to wear a mouth guard or gum shield. Mouth guards protect your teeth and gums against flying objects, face to face contact and hard surfaces and they can make the difference between keeping and losing your teeth. Visit your dentist for a custom-made, comfortable mouth guard.
  2. Always wear your seat belt: if you’re travelling in a car, always make sure you have your seat belt on and it is securely fastened. If you are involved in an accident, the belt will prevent you from falling forwards, which will protect your face.
  3. See your dentist for regular check-ups: seeing your dentist on a regular basis can help to lower the risk of painful dental infections, tooth pain and abscesses. Ideally, you should visit every 6-12 months.
  4. Don’t use your teeth to open bottles: your teeth are there to break down food, not to open bottles or bite the labels off new clothes. Try and avoid using them in any other way to keep your smile intact for as long as possible.
  5. Be mouth aware: dental emergencies can crop up suddenly, but sometimes, there are warning signs. Keep an eye on your mouth and look out for symptoms like swollen gums, toothache, bleeding when you brush and heightened sensitivity.

Nervous about your Toothache? How 24hr Emergency Dentist Can Help

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.

 

What To Do If Your Denture Breaks

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.

Taking Care of Gum Disease: What We Can Do to Help

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.

What To Eat on a Night Out to Keep Your Teeth Safe

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.

How to Avoid Damaged Dentures

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.

Dental checks

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.

Don’t ignore It! Why you need to take care of Dental Emergencies Immediately

Any of us are ostriches when it comes to our health. We tend to bury our heads in the sand, and hope that whatever symptoms we have disappear. Sometimes, problems subside without any need for treatment, but often, ignoring warning signs is the worst course of action. If you have dental troubles, it’s always best to see your dentist sooner rather than later.

Why is it important to tackle dental emergencies?

With any health problem, there’s always a risk of the situation getting worse the longer you leave it. If you have dental issues, something that may be simple to treat and manage could spiral into something a lot more severe. Take gum disease, for example. In the early stages, dentists can manage gum disease effectively with good oral hygiene and cleaning treatments. However, if gum disease is left untreated, it can develop into advanced gum disease, known as periodontal disease, which causes irreversible damage to your gums and the bone tissue beneath. A problem that could have been treated fairly easily can end up costing you your teeth.

If you have toothache, this may be a sign that you have a cavity or a developing infection. If you see your dentist, you can prevent any further damage, and you’ll also feel a lot more comfortable.

If you think you may have a problem with your teeth, for example, a broken or chipped tooth, or you have severe toothache or sore gums, seek advice from your dentist. They can have a look, and suggest treatment options. In some cases, there may be nothing to worry about, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If you need urgent attention outside of normal opening hours, we have got your back! We offer 24-hour emergency dental care for all your dental needs. We recommend routine check-ups every 6-9 months. However, we strongly advise patients to get in touch if there are any issues between scheduled appointments.

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