tipsDental decay (caries) and periodontal (gum) disease are among the most common diseases afflicting mankind, especially in the so-called advanced nations.
The higher the standard of living, the more likely it is for tooth loss to occur.As has been shown already, both dental caries and periodontal disease are the result of bacterial action, in the plaque, which collects on the teeth and gums.

BREATH-BAD

  • Brush your teeth after every meal with fluoride toothpaste
  • Do not brush your tongue, use a tongue scraper to clean you tongue regularly and floss daily
  • If you wear dentures take them out daily and clean them thoroughly and brush you teeth and/or gums thoroughly
  • ake sure to drink at least eight cups of fluoridated water a day

ORTHODONTIC PROBLEMS -Braces

  • If a wire is causing an irritation, cover the end of the wire with some wax or a piece of gauze
  • If a wire becomes embedded in the gum or cheek DO NOT remove it, go to the dentist immediately

CROWN COMES OFF

  • Try to snap it back in
  • Purchase a small tube of denture adhesive paste put a small amount in the crown and place it back on your tooth
  • Try Dent Temp or Tempenol as a temporary adhesive
  • Do NOT use ordinary household glue

BROKEN DENTURE, BRIDGE, OR PLATE

  • Save all the parts of your broken denture, bridge or partial
  • Call your dentist
  • If it is possible it may be repaired or it may need to be replaced as soon as possible

DRY MOUTH

  • Many medications such as antidepressants can cause this Consult with your Dr. to see if there are alternative medications that will not cause this symptom
  • Put water in a spray bottle to keep your mouth moist. Try a little Lemon juice in the water to stimulate your saliva glands
  • Chew sugarless gum to keep your mouth moist
  • Have custom-made fluoride trays made by your dentist for home application of fluoride. Also use a fluoride mouth rinse

BLEEDING AFTER AN EXTRACTION

  • light bleeding after an extraction is normal. Clots usually form within one hour if you follow doctor’s post-op instructions.
  • Place a thick gauze pad over the extraction site and apply pressure by biting on the gauze
  • void rinsing, drinking or eating for at least one hour following the extraction
  • After 24 hours rinse the area with warm salt water(1/2 tsp. salt in 8 oz of water) after eating to keep the site clean

BURNING GUMS AND/OR ROOF OF MOUTH

  • Ask your doctor for a prescription for anti-viral medications
  • Use ibuprofen for pain control
  • Try a topical application of 20% benzocaine for the discomfort

SORE GUMS

  • Purchase Peroxyl to rinse with
  • Brush your teeth and gums CAREFULLY
  • Call the dentist for an evaluation

SWOLLEN JAW

  • Place a cold compress to the area swollen
  • Call the dentist immediately as you may have an infection and need to be on antibiotics

SMALL WHITE LESION

Check with your dentist about this lesion because it could pre-cancerous