Oral Care advice from dentist
Brushing is an important tool in caring for your teeth and gums. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, using a fluoride toothpaste. Use a dry toothbrush and make sure to spit – not rinse after brushing.
Using your toothbrush effectively will prevent a build up of plaque and the problems it causes. Ask the dentist or hygienist for advice on products available.
Why do i need to look after my teeth?
Most people associate teeth with their smile. Being unable to smile because of poor appearance has a massive psychological effect. Think of your reaction if someone tells you have food stuck on your tooth!
Teeth are also important for eating; poor teeth restrict the choice of food and can lead to dietary deficiencies.
Speaking becomes more difficult with poor teeth, either because you don’t want to show them or because you are unable to make the sounds easily, or because you are afraid dentures or crowns will become loose. This will of course interfere with your social life.
As we become older then saliva flow can be reduced naturally although many modern drugs also have this as a side effect. This will reduce the defence that saliva normally gives to both the teeth and the soft tissues
‘I never need anything done, apart from scaling, all that happens is occasionally they take x-rays and send me on my way’
Our aim is to run a practice which ensures that you have no problems in your mouth. Once we have completed you initial treatment we aim to ensure that any further treatment is carried out when it is needed.
We do need to see you regularly to ensure that changes have not taken place.
Whenever we see you we do not only look at your teeth. The gums are examined to see if any damage has occurred since your last visit and to check on the level of disease and deposits in the mouth.
We also check all the soft tissues of the mouth, the tongue, cheeks palate, floor of the mouth and lips. These areas can show changes that you will not be aware of and early intervention is imperative.
What do i do if i have toothache?
Contact us if you have persisting pain from a tooth or if the tooth feels tender. The pain could be a signal that something is wrong. A common cause is dental decay. Pain can also be caused by over loading on a tooth such as when a patient grinds or clenches their jaw read more about overloading by clicking here.
What do i do if i have pain after a root canal treatment?
It is common to have pain after root canal treatment. A tooth that was previously without any pain may become sensitive or develop pain after a root canal treatment. It is important to know that this is common and usually disappears within a week – pain can be decreased with a mild painkiller such as paracetamol. What you have to look out for is, if you get a swelling increasing in size and or fever. Read more about root canal treatments by clicking here.
What do i do after i have had a tooth removed?
You may feel pain from the area after the numbing wears off. If you feel pain take a mild painkiller such as paracetamol. Do not eat anything until the numbing has settled. Do not try to rinse out the socket where the tooth was. Allow blood to form in the socket as this form as a protective barrier. Brush your remaining teeth as normal. If you experience severe pain contact us.
What do i do if i am scared of the dentist?
Please let us know you are afraid of the dentist so we can set aside extra time for you. It is very common to be scared of the dentist. We are proud to provide a calm atmosphere for worried patients. We take our time to provide the best care for you. Many people are scared of the injection, however this can be almost pain free by using numbing cream before injection. You may feel a pushing sensation with the cream. Many patients say they did not feel a thing.
Can i bleach my teeth at your dental surgery?
Yes our experienced dentists offer teeth whitening, We use the Swedish Pola teeth whitening system this means you wear a mouth splint overnight with a cream inside that bleaches the teeth. We find that this is the most effective and long lasting treatment.
How long does it take for the dental injection to wear off?
This depends on many factors, such as where you have received the injection, which type of injection fluid used, anatomy/physiology of the patient and how much was injected. Generally the larger the treatment required the more injection is given. Usually the numbing lasts around 2 hours. If you continue to feel numb after a week contact your dentist.
Why does my gum bleed?
It can be caused by various means however by far the most common is that bleeding in your gums is caused by bacteria near the gums causing irritation, so called inflammation, your bodies own defence mechanism towards the bacteria. This results in an increased blood flow and permeability in the gums – resulting in a higher likelihood of bleeding when cleaning your teeth. In addition to this the inflammation also causes a breakdown of collagen which results in swollen red gums. See this page for more info. Prevent this by cleaning your teeth right, this includes brushing twice a day and using interdental brushes or toothpicks to clean between the teeth daily.
My heart sometimes starts racing after i get injection then slows down why is this?
When dentists require the numbing to last longer or to allow them to see better, they use injection containing adrenaline. Adrenaline is a natural substance produced in adrenal glands – it is commonly associated with the fight or flight survival mechanism. It increases the bodys heart rate and decrease blood flow to the bodys periphery such as skin. It causes different effects through out the body. In the mouth it causes vasoconstriction (restricted blood flow) which means less bleeding and less outflow of injection thus lasting longer. It is uncommon for the heart to beat much faster after injection since the amounts injected are so small. Yet some find that this occurs and that it wears off after a minute.
Did you know?
The mouth is a window of the body
It’s not just your mouth we are looking after.
Chronic Heart disease effects are reduced as the periodontal [gum] health is improved
Diabetes is improved with an improvement in periodontal health
Adverse conditions during pregnancy are reduced with good oral health.
There is an increased risk of oral cancer [14%] if the periodontal status is poor.
Oral cancer accounts for 8% of all cancers and can be very rapid in their spread so early diagnosis is essential.