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Dealing With Pain During Braces Wear

Monday, September 21st, 2015

2143132_blogMany people are worried about wearing braces because they assume that it will be painful; however, modern treatments use advanced technology to straighten the teeth quickly and comfortably.

When you have your braces fitted, it is normal to experience discomfort and to find the sensation of having braces in your mouth a little odd; however, after a few days, you will get used to your braces and it will become second nature.

What should I do if my braces are painful?

For the first couple of days, it is normal to find your braces a little uncomfortable and it may be advisable to take over the counter pain relief medication; your dentist will advise you what you can take and it’s important that you follow the dosage instructions carefully.

While you get used to your braces, it’s a good idea to stick to soft foods, which are easy to eat; try to avoid anything that is hard or involves a lot of chewing for the first few days. Examples of foods that are good to try during the first couple of days include omelettes and scrambled eggs, mashed potato and natural yoghurt.

Good oral hygiene is essential when you have braces, but to begin with, brushing can be a little uncomfortable and it may be advisable to give your teeth a very gentle brush and then use an oral rinse.

If you have any questions or you are worried about, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist. If you find that any pain you have is getting worse or you are struggling even after taking painkillers, contact your dentist for advice.

Which Hot And Cold Foods Can Cause You Dental Abscess Agony?

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

3534882_blogDental abscesses can be very painful and often, eating can contribute to throbbing, severe pain. There are certain foods and drinks, which may cause you to feel more pain and it’s best to avoid these. Here are some tips for handling dental abscesses and helping to reduce pain:

Dealing with pain

Abscesses can cause severe pain and it is particularly painful when you catch an abscess by mistake, you accidentally touch it or you eat or drink something that is sharp, acidic or very hot or cold. We advise our patients to take over the counter painkillers to reduce discomfort, but we strongly advise reading the dosage instructions and checking with us or a pharmacist beforehand if you have any queries. We also recommend applying an ice pack to the affected tooth; this will soothe pain and also reduce inflammation.

Seeing your dentist

When you have an abscess, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as you can, so that they can provide you with suitable treatment and relieve your pain. Unlike other abscesses, dental abscesses must be treated by dental professionals, other than doctors and if you see your GP there is only a limited amount of help they can give you. The reason for this is because dental abscesses need to be drained; this is to ensure that all harmful bacteria and fluids are removed from the mouth.

Watching what you eat and drink

If you have an abscess it’s best to avoid eating very hard or chewy foods, such as boiled sweets or candies, sharp foods, such as crisps and crusty bread, acidic flavours such as sour sweets and very hot foods and drinks, such as pies and pastries, hot coffee and tea and hot soup. If you’re eating a hot meal, try to wait for it to cool for longer than you would usually.

Find A Solution To Your Terrible TMJ In Central Leeds

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

2839654_blogTMJ disorder, also known as TMD, is a term used to describe symptoms, which affect the temporomandibular joint; this is one of the busiest joints in the body and it is responsible for very important actions, such as opening and closing the mouth. You can feel the TMJ if you place your fingers on the side of your face just in front of your ear lobes and then open your mouth.

Symptoms of TMJ disorder

TMJ disorder can cause a range of different symptoms, from cracking and popping noises when you move your jaw and restricted movement in the joint, to headaches, ear ache, neck and back pain. Often, it can take a long time to diagnose TMJ disorder because people assume that they have aches and pains related to their sleeping position and don’t tend to seek help from a dentist or GP.

What causes TMJ pain?

There are various possible causes and one common cause is bruxism or tooth grinding. When you grind your teeth, this puts pressure on the muscles around the TMJ and the jaw and this can result in tension and aches and pains when you wake up in the morning. Many cases of bruxism are linked to stress and anxiety.

Other possible causes include orthodontic issues, which affect the alignment of the upper and lower sets of teeth and the jaw.

How we can help

There are various treatments and techniques, which may be beneficial for TMJ disorder. Painkillers are a fast and effective relief for aches and pains and stress management techniques can be really helpful for dealing with day to day stress, which will help to reduce bruxism. We can also provide patients who grind their teeth with a specially designed bite guard to prevent contact between the teeth during the night.

Dental emergencies treated by Central Leeds dentist

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Dental emergencies can be very unpleasant and also extremely painful. Even at their best they are very inconvenient and stressful. The first thing you should do in any dental emergency is to make an appointment to see your dentist. They will be able to see you almost immediately if the problem is a genuine emergency. If it is out of hours, your dentist’s answering service will provide you with information about what to do and how to contact the on-call dentist.

However, it is still important that you know what to do in case of a dental emergency, so here is some advice about a few common problems.

Toothaches – Rinse you mouth with warm water and floss to remove lodged food. You can also apply a cold compress to the area to offer some relief. Over-the-counter pain relief may work but never put aspirin or painkillers next tot the painful area as this may burn the tissue. Contact a dentist as soon as possible.

Chipped, cracked or broken tooth – Save any broken pieces as they could be reattached. Rinse your mouth and apply gauze to any bleeding until it stops. Apply a cold compress and contact a dentist.

Knocked out tooth – Find the tooth as soon as possible and try to replace it. If won’t slot back in easily, don’t force it. Cover the tooth in saliva or milk and get to a dentist as soon as possible. This could preserve the tooth long enough for it to be replaced. The highest chance of saving your tooth comes in the first hour of it being knocked out.

Lost crown or filling – Keep hold of the crown or filling and try to see a Central Leeds dentist straight away. A swab with some olive oil applied to the area will give you some relief in the short term.

There are many other dental emergencies that can occur so it is worthwhile knowing what is the best course of action to protect your teeth from any further damage.