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I have knocked out a tooth – what do I do?
Hold the tooth by the crown rather than the roots. If it’s dirty, rinse it in milk, or if milk is not available, use water for a few seconds only. Place the tooth back in the socket, or if it can’t be replanted, wrap in Glad Wrap and place it in milk or in the patient’s mouth inside the cheek. Finally, as time is critical for successful replanting, PLEASE COME AND SEE US within 30 minutes if you can.
I have just broken my tooth – what should I do?
It’s best to try to clean debris from the injured area with warm water. If the break was the result of a blow, place a cold compress on the face next to the injured tooth to minimise swelling. Then, try to find all the bits that are missing and bring them to our practice, keeping them moist. It is possible to bond some of the bits back onto the teeth almost invisibly, but PLEASE COME AND SEE US as soon as possible.
My tooth is aching – what is the best solution?
If you are suffering a very persistent toothache, it’s always a sign that you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. However, in the meantime, rinsing the mouth with water as well as trying to clean out debris from any obvious cavities can give temporary relief. Dental floss can be used to remove any food that might be trapped within the cavity, especially between the teeth. A cold compress should be placed to the outside of the cheek if swelling is present, but DO NOT HEAT this.
I have a missing tooth – why should I have the gap closed?
Your teeth support and rely on each other. When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can shift out of their normal position. In some cases, it’s important to try to replace any missing teeth in order to balance the way your jaw bites. If you have several missing teeth, the remaining teeth are under more pressure, which can lead to broken fillings or even jaw problems.
How do I replace a missing tooth or teeth?
There are several ways to fill the gap that is left. At Dentist at Care, we offer different solutions to suit your individual needs, which can be determined by your health, dental history, lifestyle and budget. The options are available from dentures, bridges to dental implants, an innovative way to replace one or more missing teeth that function and look like natural teeth.
My teeth are jagged and so uneven
In most minor cases, reshaping or contouring of the teeth can make a great improvement. Dental veneers or crowns can also change the shape, colour, size or arrangement of teeth to give you a beautiful smile.
Help! My teeth are so yellow
Reducing coloured drinks consumption such as coffee, tea, and red wine will reduce discolouration, as well as frequent visits to Dentist at Care for a clean and polish.
However, discolouration of teeth is often caused by aging and medication, especially in childhood while teeth are forming. Teeth whitening is a non-invasive approach that is highly effective to improve the appearance of teeth colour. It can be just simple and quick as one hour. Please contact us for more information and options.
I hate the black fillings I have
Metal fillings are a thing of the past. Dentistry has progressed to where we can now restore your teeth with tooth-coloured fillings which are strong, durable and look great, for small or larger cavities or even teeth that are too weak to support a filling. Contact us to find out more information about perfect tooth-like restorations that suit your dental needs.
Why do I have bad breath?
Bad breath or “halitosis” is caused by certain types of bacteria. These bacteria normally live on the back of the tongue and around the teeth, especially when a white coat is present on the back surface of the tongue. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, also contribute to bad breath. When the food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is transferred to the lungs where it’s expelled.
How do I eliminate bad breath?
Brushing and flossing properly are the simplest way to eliminate bad breath. Daily cleaning of the back surface of the tongue with a tongue scraper, or using a special mouth-rinse to kill off some anaerobic bacteria, will also minimise the bacteria that accumulate inside our mouths. If the bad breath persists, it is recommended to see a dentist as tooth decay or gum disease may be the cause.
Are electric toothbrushes better than the manual brushes?
If you brush incorrectly, it doesn’t matter what kind of toothbrush you use. Using the manual toothbrush with good knowledge of how to brush can work just as well as an electric toothbrush.
Flossing is just as important as brushing teeth. Food trapped between teeth is the major cause of tooth cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
Do children before the age of three need their teeth cleaned?
The first baby tooth will erupt between 6 and 9 months. It’s important that a daily cleaning routine should be established. A soft cloth can be used to gently rub the erupted teeth and gums. Parents should assist the child to clean their teeth up to the age of 5 to 6 years, to ensure that it’s done properly.