In this article you can read the continuation of Part A about the emergencies or accidents that can happen and how you should react to each of them until you go to the dentist.
Tooth and gum sensitivity
If you experience teeth or gum sensitivity, you should visit your dentist so as to determine the causes of this sensitivity.
To relieve this sensitivity at home you can:
· Choose a special toothpaste for sensitive teeth and gums
· Use a soft toothbrush
· Avoid consuming cold drinks and food
· Use a special desensitizing protector for teeth and gums at night
Gum bleeding is usually the result of gingivitis or periodontitis. Whatever the cause of the bleeding, it is something that you should investigate further with your dentist and treat accordingly.
To help you deal with your sensitivity and until your dentist advises you better, you could:
· Brush your teeth thoroughly with a soft toothbrush, after breakfast and before bedtime.
· Floss, being careful not to injure the gums
· Rinse your mouth with salt wate
Detachment of a crown or bridge
You can get a dental adhesive directly from the pharmacy to glue the crown or bridge and visit your dentist as soon as possible.
To apply it properly, clean thoroughly the inside of the crown or bridge and remove any glue or food residue. Next, place a small amount of adhesive inside and apply it back to the corresponding tooth.
This glue won’t last long as it purposefully doesn’t solidify. It dissolves with saliva but offers a temporary solution. Therefore, you should consult your dentist asap.
There are plenty of specialized sprays, mouthwashes, and toothpastes that you can use and are particularly effective in treating bad breath. First things first, you should brush your teeth thoroughly, especially the part that comes in contact with the gums, and also clean the tongue and palate, not forgetting to floss.
If the bad breath is due to a temporary mouth disorder or the intake of foods such as onion, garlic, etc. don’t worry, it will soon recede. But if the odour persists, then it is important to schedule a visit to your dentist to figure out the real cause and treat it accordingly.
Mouth ulcers or sores are often the result of an infection, trauma from broken teeth, fillings or old prosthetic work, stress and generally reduced immune system resistance.
For temporary relief and until you schedule an appointment with your dentist, you can:
· Place a piece of gauze-wrapped ice on the wound for a few minutes
· Put a little water and soda solution on the wound
· Wash your mouth with chamomile
In all the cases above, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible. Of course, here it is important to remind you that good, preventive oral hygiene practices, require a professional teeth cleaning every six months by your dentist, as well as daily brushing and flossing.
For more information or appointments, you can visit our email address www.smaltoclinic.com or call our friendly reception team on 22 112 112.
Read more about dental emergencies and how to treat them at home at Part A of the article here.