Do it yourself dental
…is it ever a good idea? Good idea or not, sometimes it’s all you have. Dental emergencies don’t pay attention to the day or time – a broken tooth will happen at the least convenient time with respect to how close you are to professional help and sometimes you have to treat a dental emergency on your own.
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Our mouths are one the main areas where our health and hygiene should be our top priority. With the amount of bacteria that invades and lives there on a regular basis, our teeth, gums, and even tongue can take some heavy blows. By properly caring for our teeth through brushing, flossing, and rinsing, we can help keep our teeth and gums in their prime fighting power. Also, we want to ensure we’re setting and keeping our dental appointments twice a year for routine cleanings and maintenance of our mouth’s health. While we can do everything right, things can still go wrong. Even as we follow rigorous cleaning procedures and visit the dentist like we’re supposed to do, we can find ourselves fighting a losing battle with genetics and other issues as they arise. Since dental problems do crop up no matter how hard we try to protect our teeth and gums, we should know what to do in the case of one of these problems. With this article, we’ll cover several dental problems we can discover within our mouth, how serious it is, and what we should do to treat the problem. The treatment could be seeing the dentist right away or finding a temporary relief or treatment we can do at home to tide us over until our next dental visit. From broken teeth to bad breath to thrush, there are a number of reasons why these are serious and why treatment of some kind is necessary for proper health of our teeth and gums.
While our teeth are some of the strongest parts in our body, they can still break from a number of factors, including hard materials being bit or an injury to the mouth. Whatever caused the tooth to break, crack, or come out completely, you’ll want to seek a professional dentist as soon as you can. Even if you aren’t feeling any pain, you can’t know the full extent of the damage without dental assistance. Broken teeth are considered a major problem since you could have or could possibly damage the nerve of the tooth, which will lead to a root canal. This isn’t something you want if you can avoid it because of cost, time, and the loss of the tooth. When you broke the tooth, you’ll want to do what you can save the fractured pieces or even the tooth itself if possible. Having the pieces or the entire thing can prove beneficial in recovering the tooth to full functionality. You’ll want to clean them prior to seeing your dentist with some running water. However, this may not always be possible if you happen to swallow the pieces on accident. You’ll also want to treat your tooth should it be bleeding. You’ll want to rinse the area with some water and find some gauze to bandage the injured area as best as possible.
Depending on your dentist’s availability to see you, you may find yourself investing in some pain relievers and some dental cement to attempt a small repair until your dentist can do the necessary work to repair or replace the tooth. The procedure your dentist chooses to make the necessary repairs or replacements will depend on the type of break your tooth has suffered and its corresponding damage. From minor cracks to serious breaks to even decay from cavities, these broken teeth need a dentist to keep you from losing the tooth. However, the last one is usually a result of a cavity that’s gone unchecked and the damage could be too severe to save the tooth, which will result in the complete removal of the tooth.
With broken teeth, you’ll want to visit your dentist as soon as you can or even consider an emergency dentist if you’re experiencing a great amount of pain and/or bleeding around your tooth. Otherwise, you can get by until your visit, which shouldn’t be past a few days at the max, with the use of pain relievers, dental cement, and cold compresses. You’ll want to control and stop the bleeding as best you can with some gauze and keep the area as clean as possible with warm water. Keeping bacteria to a minimum is highly beneficial since they can take advantage of your tooth’s weakness and cause more problems down the road.
In order to help prevent this dental problem, you’ll want to consider avoid eating or chewing on hard objects like candy, ice, and other foods like popcorn. You never know when one of these will find a weak spot and cause a crack, chip, or break within your tooth, causing you pain and bleeding. If you play sports like football or other contact type sports, a mouth guard can go a long way in helping you keep your teeth intact, saving you any unnecessary pain of your mouth and in your wallet.
With this condition, you can be in any of the three stages of this disease, which consist of gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Since this disease can be fairly painless especially in the earlier stages, you’ll want to pay particular attention to any signs or symptoms that may point to this ailment. Receding gums, bleeding and swollen gums, pus, and bad breath are all signs of gum disease and they shouldn’t be ignored since gum disease can lead to other health problems throughout the body. Since plaque is the culprit behind this condition and the bacteria that hides itself within that plaque, you’ll want to take the right measures to keep the plaque to an absolute minimum. The best way to keep plaque from becoming tartar and eventually destroying the supporting ligaments and bones around your teeth, you should ensure you’re maintaining proper hygiene techniques with the three steps in teeth care as well as visiting your dentist on a consistent basis.
When this disease is left unchecked, it can build up so much that it hardens into tartar and the bacteria and future plaque now have a better surface to create a bigger and better home for themselves. Finding and using the right toothpaste and rinse can help slow the progress of these detrimental steps in gum disease as well as making the most of regular dental check-ups. As much as it’s hated, the dentist scraping all the buildup around your teeth is actually saving your teeth from a far worse road ahead like tooth extractions because your gums have receded so much and the bones have deteriorated so badly that your teeth no long have an anchor to stay within your mouth.
If you’re experiencing swollen and bleeding gums or finding your breath on the rancid side, it’s time to make a dental appointment and relearn proper cleaning techniques at home for the good of your teeth’s health. By not doing so, you’ll soon have to learn how to eat and talk without your teeth. This is one problem you shouldn’t ignore especially if you have genetic predisposition or you’re a smoker among others.
Abscesses come in two different types: a tooth abscess and a gum abscess. Both of these consist of bacteria-filled pus pockets within the affected tissue that cause sharp stabs of pain to shoot through the entire mouth cavity. When you see or feel the signs, you can usually tell what it is since the pain that results is sharp and disruptive to your everyday life. You can even see the evidence of them in the form of legions or small bumps that resemble facial pimples as they fill with pus from the bacterial infection eating at your tooth or gum. If you find yourself with one, the best thing to do is call your dentist and set up an appointment as soon as possible since a rupture of the abscess can cause even more problems for you. If your appointment isn’t right away, you can find some relief in swishing salt water much as you would gargle it to ease a sore throat. The salt works as a cleansing agent and can help with the pain in that respect.
Upon arriving at your dentist, he/she will work on relieving the pain and ridding your mouth of the bacteria by draining the abscess and providing you with antibiotics to kill off any stray bacteria that may have escaped the dentist during the draining process. You’ll want to take the antibiotics as they are prescribed or you may be facing the same problem again in another area of your mouth. After the majority of the antibiotics have taken and your mouth has healed some, the dentist will either perform a root canal on the tooth or refer you to a periodontist to handle the gum abscess. Neither of these treatments are inexpensive, but you can avoid future visits of this manner by retraining yourself on proper hygiene and cleaning techniques where your teeth and gums are concerned.
With sensitivity of your teeth, this one can be mostly dealt with at home though you’ll still want to consult with your dentist from time to time to ensure your home routine is an effective one for your teeth. This condition is usually brought about when your gums have receded some and left the tooth’s root exposed or when your enamel has eroded to the point where the dentin inside is exposed. This can cause tingling or even pain for those who eat hot and cold foods and beverages, eats sweets and acidic foods, or even just breathing in cooled air. The weird though interesting part of this condition is that your sensitivity isn’t always fixed within your mouth. It can move around and come and go.
If you suspect that your oral hygiene regimen may be at fault, you may want to consult your dentist so you can learn the proper techniques and the right materials to use to keep sensitivity to a minimum. You’ll also want to consider a change in diet, lowering the amounts of foods and beverages that are high in sugars and acids. Finding the right toothpaste, tooth brush, and mouth rinse can also help you in protecting the enamel that’s left or help the gums from receding further. You may even find yourself with a prescribed gel from your dentist to further aid in your cause for less sensitive teeth.
One main note here is if you believe that your tooth sensitivity is symptomatic of gum disease, you should see your dentist as soon as possible so he/she may check on the condition of your teeth and gums and diagnose whether you’re correct in your belief or not. By taking this proactive step, you could be saving your mouth from further damage than if you chose to ignore it.
Staining on the enamel of our teeth is going to happen especially with certain foods we enjoy eating and certain beverages are also known to cause staining to the teeth. The colors can range from bright white spots to yellows and browns. While this isn’t as detrimental to your overall oral health, these unsightly stains can be hiding other problems within your teeth that you may be unaware. The greatest aspect of this condition is you won’t have to pay for expensive tests since the dentist can immediately see the extent and damage wrought by stains and discolorations of the teeth.
If you’re wanting the best game plan, you can talk about the process of restoring your teeth to a more natural color upon your next check-up. There you can discuss home treatments and professional treatments in terms of whitening procedures. You can also discuss other techniques for reducing the look of discoloration on your teeth such as brushing after ever meal or swishing water after drinking certain beverages like coffee, tea, and wine. Talking to your dentist prior to using some of the home treatments may help you narrow down your options to those that won’t damage your teeth further upon their application of bleach. Most kits you’ll find at your local drugstore or through your dentist consist of bleaching gels and mouth guard trays. While they can treat most stains, there are some that won’t be treatable through these traditional means.
If the stains are permanent and unable to be removed through the bleaching process, you may find yourself with options like root canals or veneers to be done for those teeth with permanent damage or for those teeth that have their discolored dentin exposed from the acids of the foods and beverages that have been consumed.
This is probably one of the most common problems you’ll see among all generations and across the gender lines. Men and women, adults and children, most suffer from the grinding or clenching of their teeth for any number of reasons. If you’re not sure you grind your teeth, having some of these symptoms could enlighten you to their common root, such as painful neck and jaw muscles, pain in the face especially the jawbone, and even damage to the teeth that are affected by the grinding actions. Also known as bruxism, this grinding of the teeth can happen for any number of reasons, including stress and anxiety or an improper lining of the teeth and jaw among others.
When you suspect you have this condition, seeking your dentist may be a good option especially if you’re experiencing tooth pair from the habitual grinding you’re doing. In order to help prevent damage or further damage, it can be beneficial for you to find the root of the grinding and work on relieving the symptoms from avoiding stimulants or even finding the right relaxation techniques.
As far as treatment is concerned, you’ll want to discuss with your dentist on obtaining a proper night mouth guard for your teeth as well as see about any damage you may have caused from the grinding. As your dentist repairs this damage with fillings and root canals, you can seek out a professional to make your mouth guard so it’ll not only protect your teeth, but it’ll be made to fit perfectly. However, if this is too expensive, you can find more affordable options at your local supermarket in the oral health care aisle.
Pain in the lip and tongue regions can be caused by anything from mouth sores to injuries. As none of these are fun, they are something that can be treated at home without much worry about them not healing or subsiding on their own. However, there are other cases where a dental professional should be called. Injures are quite common in those that are highly active in any number of sports or outdoor/indoor activities or if you lack a graceful quality that provides you with a klutziness that puts your lips and tongue in danger.
If the bleeding and/or swelling goes down fairly quickly and the cuts are deep, you shouldn’t worry about seeking a dental professional since the mouth is fairly quick in healing itself due to a large, ready supply of blood. However, if the cuts are deep, the bleeding doesn’t ebb or stop completely, or you find those cuts becoming infected, you’ll want to seek professional assistance immediately to rectify the situation and prevent further infection from occurring through the use of an antibiotic. Since the mouth heals quickly, you’ll find that the prognosis is typically a good one for these types of pains and injuries.
Using some pain relievers and cold compresses can help with any associated pain and/or swelling that may result from the injury sustained. Also keeping the wounds clean and the bleeding staunched should help in keeping infection at bay as well as stopping the flow of blood from pouring from the wounds.
This can be one of the most painful injuries you can do to your mouth since the pain can be so sharp that it literally steals your breath away. For most of us, when we bite our tongues, there isn’t any damage done other than some residual sensitivity that goes away in a few hours. However, there are those that have bitten so hard that they’ve cut the tongue open, causing it to bleed or worse. The severity of the bleeding will provide you with the information you need about seeking assistance or not.
As with the injuries you can endure with lip pain, you’ll want to follow the same procedures in treating the bite upon your tongue by applying a compress of gauze as well as you can, even sucking on some ice to help ease the bleeding and reducing the swelling pain from the bite. If the bite is severe, you may need to seek medical attention from your dentist since your tongue may require stitches or an antibiotic may be recommended to help keep the bacteria in your mouth from infecting the open wound on your tongue.
The best way to prevent these types of injuries especially in those highly active is to wear a proper mouth guard as you would to protect your teeth and lips. It’ll give your teeth something else to clamp onto rather than your tongue, preventing an injury.
The sad truth about bad breath is that any number of bad habits can result in bad breath from poor oral hygiene to smoking and poor eating habits. Infections can also cause bad breath as the bacteria is released and the smell emanates from the infection of this bacteria. Our bodies have made ourselves fairly immune to the smell of our breath so it’s hard to diagnose sometimes if we are suffering from bad breath, but there are ways around this, such as asking a relative or seeking a dental professional to confirm.
When it comes to discovering the source of your bad breath, it may not be as easy as you think since there are so many causes that can result in it. Having the help from your dentist can help you pinpoint the reason behind this condition and the steps you’ll need to take to reverse it so you can enjoy fresher breath, better oral health, and even better relationships with others.
Prevention is the key to keeping your breath from suffering by adopting proper oral health procedures and avoid other causes of bad breath like smoking, drinking, and eating highly acidic foods or foods with emanating odors like garlic. If you can’t follow these tips, you’ll want to seek treatment for this condition, which will force you in most respects to revert to the prevention of bad breath by following the proper techniques for good oral health. If you suspect your bad breath is a result of gum disease, you’ll want to make an appointment and discuss your options for reversing this serious disease before it’s too late.
Your enamel is the biggest protector of your teeth’s health. When you eat foods high in acidity or partake of other activities that wear down that enamel, you leave your teeth vulnerable to other problems like those above from sensitive teeth to gum disease to broken teeth. This can be made apparent to you if you notice a transparency to your front teeth or a sensitivity has begun to occur upon eating and drink certain foods and beverages. If you see any of these symptoms, you’ll want to consult and confirm with your dentist before proceeding to a treatment plan.
While you can’t do much to get the enamel you lost back, there are steps you can take to prevent further damage to your enamel. The best way to help your enamel after the damage has occurred is to identify the causes and timeframe of the erosion. If you eat foods high in acid, you’ll want to curb that amount from the amount you’re used to consuming. You’ll also want to ensure that reflux and other health problems are bringing acid into your mouth to eat away at your teeth. If that proves the case, you’ll want to take the correct steps in correcting this from taking antacids to seeking psychological help for anorexia and bulimia problems. As you make these changes, you’ll want to keep in touch with your dentist to ensure the methods you implement are approved for the health of your teeth, even including a possible change in the toothpaste and other materials you use for your oral health.
Having gums that are swollen can be quite painful. While the causes can come from a number of factors from certain medications to poor nutrition or even gingivitis, you’ll find that you can do plenty of things to help reduce the swelling on your own without having to consult your dentist. While you can do multiple treatments at home, you’ll want to consult your dentist if you believe the swelling is symptomatic of something worse like gum disease in any of its stages.
For treatments, you might consider changing the oral care products you use to ones that are less abrasive, especially your mouth wash if it contains alcohol. Other treatment options include improving your diet to include more fruits and vegetables since they’re nutrient rich and can also be great, natural cleaners for your teeth. If you suspect gingivitis, you’ll want to take more care with your oral health by practicing the recommended habits set by the American Dental Association, such as brushing twice daily for a full two minutes, flossing once, and rinsing your mouth with the right mouthwash. If you’re unsure of anything or have any questions, you should consult your dentist so you have the correct information to keep your oral health at its optimal level.
Neck pain can take place for a number of reasons from bruxism (teeth grinding), TMJ disorder, or injuries sustained at the same time as lip and tongue injuries. Depending on the cause of the neck pain, the treatment and future prevention can be as simple as obtaining a mouth guard to using splinting or other surgical procedures to relieve the symptoms of TMJ problems. Impacted teeth, especially the wisdom teeth, can also cause pain as they try to crown in the wort of ways. Surgery is required for their removal to relieve the pain and prevent any damage to your jaw and other teeth from them.
Your dentist will need to be consulted sooner rather than later if you’ve happened upon the cause because neck pain can be highly debilitating to an individual and the pain can be steadily worsened if nothing is done to treat the root causes. Even if you’re unsure of those causes, your dentist can help you pinpoint them through the use of X-rays and other tests.
These types of headaches can be a real pain to ease since the pain relievers you’re taking may or may not be helping the direct cause of the headache. Headaches related to dental problems can be fairly widespread as they can occur from teeth grinding and even malformation of your bite from teeth alignment and other considerations. When this type of headache occurs, it could really be just from a single tooth or the muscles in your jaw as they work on swallowing and chewing. Excessive gum chewing also led some researchers to believe that headaches can result from this activity since chewing gum can overwork the jaw muscles.
When you’re sure the headaches are caused from dental related conditions, you should set an appointment with your dentist so you two can discover the underlying cause of the headaches and the possible treatment methods to repair the problem. If it has to do with overworking your jaw and tension within the jaw muscles, there are a number of treatments available to reduce this stress and help relieve the headaches from physical therapy, corrections to the bite, behavioral therapies like meditation and relaxation training. If your bite is the main reason due to a malformation, measures will need to be taken to correct it from braces to other procedures.
With these headaches, you can wait somewhat as long as you can stand the pain, but if you’re unaware of the reason for the headaches, waiting may not be the best solution to your problem. It’s better to know in this case if your headaches are dental related or not since then you can seek the proper treatment course with the assistance of your dentist and possibly other professionals.
This is the absolute worst environment for our mouths since we depend upon our saliva production for any number of actions from speaking to chewing. Our saliva is also responsible for keeping our teeth clean and free from a buildup of plaque and other destructive entities within our oral cavities by flushing our food and other particles down to our digestive tracts for consumption and nutrition. While it can be a result of some medications and treatments, it can also be a sign of something more serious going on.
With this condition, you’ll want to consult your dentist sooner rather than later so you can discover the cause behind your dry mouth symptoms. Based on the findings, you can settle upon the right course of treatment. Depending on those results, your dentist may provide you with certain medications and other treatments to stimulate your salivary glands. You’ll also want to focus on drinking plenty of fluids and foods that will moisten the mouth while avoiding sugary drinks and caffeinated ones. On top of this, practicing good oral health is very important since your mouth doesn’t have the saliva you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy from invading plaque and bacteria. By avoiding certain foods and beverages, you can help keep your mouth healthy while you work on correcting your dry mouth condition.
The good news about this cancer is that it’s typically a rare one with development occurring in those that abuse tobacco and alcohol products. As this is the case, most of us won’t have to worry about this dental problem, but those of us that do smoke or drink excessively should consider quitting to help lower the risk of this cancer. With this type of cancer, you could be facing some serious consequences of ignoring the signs and symptoms, such as ear pain, lump formations, and even unexplained weight loss.
Seeing your dentist as soon as the symptoms and signs appear can be a life-saving step for those suffering from this condition since the higher the stage level, the harder it is to treat and send into remission. Like most cancers, this one follows the same five stage levels with zero being cancer free and five as being the last stage. Depending on the stage you’ve discovered the problem, your dentist will prescribed a treatment plan with surgery and/or radiation therapy as options.
With this condition, home treatments and remedies aren’t the most helpful though there are things you can do to keep yourself more comfortable than if you did nothing, but you should consult your dentist and other physicians prior to using any home remedies to see how they’ll react with your more traditional treatment methods.
This fungal infection is most common in those with compromised immune systems or weaker immune systems such as the really young and the elderly. You can also gain thrush through the use of antibiotics since bacteria is the main combatant to fungus. Dry mouth is another way to develop thrush with greater frequency. If you see cottage cheese-like, white patches in the mouth and/or have an unusual taste in your mouth, you may have thrush. When you see these symptoms, you’ll want to consult your dentist immediately so he/she can confirm the diagnosis with a sample scraping that may or may not need to be sent to the lab for further analysis. The reason for quick action is so you can keep your tissue damage from the fungal infection to a minimum.
Upon the confirmation of this condition, you’ll be prescribed one of several anti-fungal medications to alleviate the thrush from your oral cavity. Though thrush is easily treatable, it’s also preventable by contacting your dentist when you feel pain from dentures or other issues that could lead to the best conditions for fungi to grow. Taking the necessary precautions before and after a case of thrush can help you keep it from recurring from young infants to the elderly.
DiY Dentistry – conclusions
With any of these conditions, you’ll find the need of your dentist can come in the forms of immediate assistance to a more sidelined assistance depending on the severity of the condition. As you work your way down this list, you’ll find that your dentist should be close at hand for any questions or assistance while at the same time, the likelihood of needing your dentist becomes lower when the need isn’t actually considered an emergency situation. As you find the condition your suffering, you’ll find the possible causes to the possible treatment options that are available to you based on that condition. For any of these conditions, you should seek the immediate assistance of your dentist or an emergency dentist if you suspect that the condition is actually an underlying cause for one of the more serious oral health problems, especially gum disease and/or broken teeth. You’ll want to take the necessary steps to prevent your ailment or condition from becoming a more serious one.