Few Tips for Top Dental Emergencies

A healthy body starts with a healthy smile.

  1. Cold sensitivity- doesn’t mean necessarily that you have a cavity. The tooth being a living structure it’s normal to feel periodically sensitivity to cold. Best advise is to use Sensodyne toothpaste(my first recommendation would be Sensodyne Rapid Relief ) and also to rub a small amount with a Q-tip or your pinky in the evening on the gum line of those teeth which are more sensitive than the others.
  2. Bleeding gums upon brushing or flossing- if you were not flossing daily before make sure you get in the habit now when you cannot go to dental offices for your regular maintenance.
    {f you are already diagnosed with perio disease and you have home left Peridex mouthwash you can continue to use it twice a day. If you need new prescription you can call and we fax it to your pharmacy.
  3. Canker sores- if you cut your gums with a sharp piece of food or finger nails or you develop a new canker sore due to stress you can use a warm salt water rinse two or more times a day.
  4. Sharp tooth- if you chip or break a filling and it’s stretching your tongue and cheeks- go to the nearest pharmacy and buy orthodontic wax. It is designed for people who have braces but it is working in the similar way if you attach it to the sharp area where the tooth it’s cutting your tongue or cheeks.
  5. Sore Jaw Muscles- if you have a night guard it is now more important than ever to start wearing it it. If you do not have one you can buy a stock occlusal night guard.from the drug store.  You can also use over the counter medications as Motrin, Advil or Tylenol as your doctor allows.

Make sure that you keep your teeth slightly apart during the day. During the day your teeth should never be touching. They should be 2 to 4 mm apart.

Facial massages, chewing soft food and apply heat and ice alternating 15 min. each side of the jaw can also help.

These are emergencies that you can solve home.

For any questions don’t hesitate to call my office any time of the day.