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.