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Five Things You Can Do To Prevent Toothaches

Friday, July 14th, 2017

shutterstock_253445443If you’ve ever had toothache before, you’ll know that it can really put a dampener on your day. If you’re keen to keep pain at bay, here are 5 things you can do to prevent toothaches:

  1. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste: brushing is your best bet when it comes to removing harmful bacteria, which cause gum disease and decay, from your mouth. Use fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride helps to strengthen and protect your tooth enamel. Brush in the morning and evening for two minutes each time.
  2. Book a dental check every 6 months: if you attend regular check-ups, you’ll reduce your risk of developing decay and gum disease significantly. If you haven’t been to the dentist for the last 6 months, now is the time to get in touch!
  3. See your dentist if you have pain: if you start to notice pain or you experience heightened sensitivity, see your dentist. Don’t wait until your next check-up. Pain is often a sign of a cavity or an infection, so it’s best to get checked out.
  4. Avoid snacking: when you eat, the bacteria in your mouth release acids, which weaken your enamel on a temporary basis. Your enamel can only resist a limited number of acid attacks, so if you’re grazing throughout the day, it’s very likely that your enamel will become thin and worn. Stick to 3 meals a day and if you do get hungry, choose sugar-free snacks such as raw vegetables.
  5. Keep an eye on your sugar intake: most people know that sugar is bad for the teeth, but have you ever actually worked out how much sugar you consume each day? You may be surprised to find out that you exceed the recommended intake on a regular basis if you don’t pay much attention to food labels. Use an app or a food diary and try and keep below that RDA.

Sore Tooth? What You Can Do Right Now To Help

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

shutterstock_566092438Are you suffering with dental pain? Have you had a sore tooth for a while? If so, here are some things you can do right now to help.

Book an appointment with your dentist

Sometimes, toothache comes and goes, but it can often be a sign of something a little more serious. Tooth pain may be caused by damage to the tooth, decay or infection. If you’ve experienced heightened sensitivity or you’ve noticed that the tooth is very painful when you bite down, this may indicate that you’ve got a cavity. When you see your dentist, they will have a good look at the tooth, and they can discuss treatment options with you. It’s always best to get aches and pains checked out. Often, treating problems early prevents the situation from getting worse, and it’ll save you from suffering any longer.

Maintain good oral hygiene

If you’ve got a sore tooth, you may be tempted to swerve cleaning your teeth, but don’t. If you neglect brushing your teeth, you’ll have a higher risk of developing dental complications, and the affected tooth will get worse. Call your dentist and make an appointment, and in the meantime, make an effort to keep your teeth as clean as possible.

Take painkillers

If you have toothache, you can take over the counter painkillers to ease discomfort. If you’re not sure what to take, call us for advice or ask a pharmacist. Always follow dosage instructions, and double check with a pharmacist if you’re already taking medication or you have underlying health issues. Taking medication should always be a short-term solution, and it shouldn’t be an alternative to seeking advice from your dentist.

If you’ve got painful teeth, call us now, and we’ll do our best to have you fighting fit again in no time.



No More Toothache!

Monday, September 26th, 2016

3534882_blogThere’s nothing worse than a nagging pain in the tooth. If you’re in pain or have suffered on and off for some time, we’re here to help. Our experts will get to the root (pardon the pun!) of the problem so you can bid goodbye to toothache for good.

Why have I got toothache?

Toothache is a very common problem. Sometimes it comes and goes without much drama but in other cases it just won’t budge. It can get so bad that you can’t even eat properly! There are a few main causes for toothache, including obvious ones like dental injuries, or more subtle reasons like dental abscesses, decay or sensitivity, which is often linked to enamel erosion.

When should I see a dentist?

Get to your dentist pronto if:

  • You suddenly experience excrutiating pain
  • You’re in pain on a regular basis
  • You experience heightened sensitivity, weakness in the tooth or bleeding gums
  • You hurt your tooth in an accident

How is toothache treated?

As a short-term fix, you can take over the counter painkillers to soothe pain, but always follow the dosage instructions on the packet. If your pain is really bad or has been bugging you for a while, you should make an appointment with your dentist. Depending on what’s caused the toothache, treatments include:

  • Fillings or crowns
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Hygienist treatments
  • Abscess removal

Your dentist can also give you sound advice about diet and oral hygiene to keep toothache well away.

Dealing with Dental Dilemmas

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Types of dental emergency

There are many different types of dental emergency, including:

  • Severe dental pain or toothache
  • Dental fractures
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Severe cut lip
  • Jaw fracture

What to do in a dental emergency

If you have severe tooth pain that is getting worse and not subsiding with over the counter pain relief, contact us and we will try to arrange an appointment for you as quickly as possible. One of the most common causes of serious dental pain is an abscess, which is a fluid-filled sac caused by a build-up of bacteria. You may find it beneficial to rinse your mouth with Corsodyl mouthwash.

If your tooth has been knocked out, try to find it and then rinse it (hold the crown section of the tooth rather than the root) and hold it between your cheek and your gum. If you manage to get to a dentist within half an hour they may be able to re-implant the tooth.

If you have broken or fractured your tooth, call the practice as quickly as possible. If you experience swelling, holding a cold compress against your cheek can help to ease pain and inflammation. At City Dental, we will advise you about treatment options once we know how severe the fracture is.

If you think you may have fractured your jaw, you will need to go to the nearest hospital with an Accident and Emergency department. Your jaw will be X-rayed and then an appropriate course of treatment can be planned.

How your Central Leeds Dentist looks after you

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Dentists in central Leeds can so often, be taken for granted and seen for what they are- people who can get your teeth out of a fix/crisis. Yes, of course they can, that’s their job and that’s how they make a living. They will patch you up with the odd filling to save you from tooth decay, advise you how to care for your gums and teeth at home, even advise you on how to keep your teeth pretty, but they are not a naïve bunch who are just there to dig you out of a problem. They are very aware of what you are doing to your mouth and how it could possibly impact on your life in the future- modern dentists are a lot more well versed than the illusions of butchers you may have images of from the past. Smoking is a hazard to the teeth and a dentist can point you in the right direction to give up. They are also aware of how your diet affects your teeth and again, can help you with the way forward for the health of your body and teeth. But most importantly, they are educated humans who go through the same things that you do. They can ensure that they administer the best treatment on the market for the health of your mouth and, in the unlikely situation that they may be out of their depth and can’t help you out, they’ll certainly know of a man that can!

Canker Sores In Central Leeds

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

If you happen to get canker sores, you will know the pain and irritation they can cause, but where they come from and what causes them is still a bit of a mystery, claims a dentist in central Leeds. They tend to erupt inside the mouth- on the inside of the lips, gums and on the tongue and can be confused with toothache. Although not contagious, it is widely agreed that they are handed down in the family through generations and are more common in women. There are three main types of canker sores. The most common is the minor sore, which is small and lasts for around 8 days. The major sore is a lot larger and more painful and can hang around in the mouth for almost a month. Herpetiform ulcers appear in clusters and they also last around 8 days. They start as a gentle swelling but erupt quickly and because they are difficult to treat, they can cause great discomfort until they disappear. Though the causes of these sores are a bit of a grey area, they can be linked to the same reasons why other problems affect the mouth- vitamin deficiency, poor diet, stress, poor dental hygiene, a weak immune system, hormone imbalance (as in pregnancy), smoking and drinking. Treating them is also a grey area, there are canker related medications that tend to soothe rather than cure. As with cold sores, they seemingly come and go at there own leisure, but a dentist will be able to offer advice on treating them.

Don’t Allow a Toothache to Last Too Long, Says City Of Leeds Dentist

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

A toothache is a very common thing and our first impulse is to let it ride. Most of you are terrified to go to dentists, thanks to negative experiences from our childhood. As a result of this irrational fear, we are putting ourselves in harm’s way for no good reason at all. Dental phobia is a big problem in a lot of people and it results in them having pain due to their having neglected a small problem.
A tooth hurts because there is obviously something wrong with it. The most common reason for a toothache is dental caries that has become very bad. If your teeth have been neglected for a very long time bow, then a toothache is inevitable. The enamel of the tooth wears away, leaving the sensitive inner area completely exposed, thereby increasing sensitivity to extreme heat and cold. A toothache could also be a sign that there is some other problem in the mouth, such as that caused by teeth grinding at night.
You don’t always have to rush to the dentist in order to get your teeth fixed. You can try to bring the pain and the inflammation down by applying a compress to the cheek and by flossing gently. Even if the pain subsides, you should make it a point to see the dentist just to make sure that you are not developing some other condition that will require medical attention. This is a good approach to long term health of your teeth.

Leeds Dentist Gives Tips for Handling Dental Emergencies

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Most people do not know how to handle dental emergencies, and they do the wrong things which results in unnecessarily expensive treatment, or even the permanent damage or loss of the tooth. A dentist in Leeds gives tips on how to handle these emergencies so that the patient suffers as less discomfort as possible, while keeping a great chance of not losing the tooth.
The most common problem that people suffer from is toothache. This can easily become an emergency situation if the pain is severe, and a person can be unable to do anything until the pain is made to go away. Many people place a tablet of any painkiller against the gum in the hope that the pain will subside, but it will only burn the gum. It would be a better idea to clean the mouth with warm water and to apply a cold compress from outside in order to bring down any swelling.
If a tooth has been broken in an accident, it is necessary to visit the doctor immediately. Before that, the mouth has to be cleaned very gently with warm water. The tooth has to be rinsed but not scrubbed, and inserted into the socket for the trip to the dentist. If that is not possible, it can be carried in a container of milk.
Any tooth problem needs to be treated by a good dentist as soon as possible, before it flares up and becomes the cause of a lot of pain and expenditure.

Dental emergency action plan from City of Leeds dentist

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

There are many common dental emergencies caused by dental disease or dental trauma that can be of serious cause for concern. In times of dental trauma it is important to know what action you can take to increase your chances of successful treatment and reduce the pain you may be suffering. It is also important that you know how to get hold of a dentist even in unusual hours or circumstances.

In case of a dental emergency during practice hours, your dentist will be able to fit you in around their other appointments but should your emergency take place on a weekend or during the night you need to know what to do. Most dental practices will have telephone information about how to contact the on-call dentist during the night on their answering service. But it is always a good idea to have this information to hand in case of dental emergencies. In most cases, the sooner you get treatment, the more likely it is to be successful.

Some very common dental emergencies include knocked out or broken teeth. These can be very painful and result in the need for extensive and often expensive dental treatment. If you suffer a knocked out tooth, you can try and replace it immediately. Never force the tooth back into position but it may slot back in naturally. If this is the case you will need to hold the tooth in place with a wet gauze or tissue. A wet teabag will also suffice in most circumstances. Applying a cold compress to the outside of the cheek will help to numb the pain, as it will for other tooth aches and breaks. If the tooth cannot be replaced, cover it in saliva or milk and see the dentist as soon as possible. Even hours could be vital when it comes to replacing a knocked out tooth

For naturally occurring toothache you can try over-the-counter painkillers but it is important to see the dentist as soon as possible even if the pain has gone away. This is because it could be the result of an infection that may require immediate treatment. Your City of Leeds dentist can provide you with more information about what to do in case of an emergency.

Protect yourself from tooth and gum disease at Leeds dentist

Friday, April 9th, 2010

It is very important to look after your teeth and gums. It is all to easy to assume that they will be fine as long as they are not causing you any problems and carry on with your simple routine of brushing in the morning and evening. But in reality, your teeth need a lot more care and when it’s too late you really might regret not being more careful about how you took care of them.

Tooth and gum disease is not a laughing matter. Just ask anyone who has suffered from the pain of toothache or an abscessed tooth. Even those who take relatively good care of their teeth with effective brushing and flossing can still be at risk form dental or periodontal disease. It is important that you make sure you see your dentist every six months to keep your teeth as clean and healthy as possible.

Tooth and gum disease begins when bacteria and plaque is allowed to build up on the surface of the teeth or gums. This reacts and releases an acid, which gradually erodes the protective enamel layer of the teeth and on the gums it causes the tissue to break down. In both cases this may ultimately lead to infection which can be very painful and lead to lost gum tissue or even lost teeth. Not only will this be very unpleasant but may also cost a small fortune in dental bills to restore the appearance of the teeth.

Looking after your teeth only takes a few minutes a day extra cleaning and half an hour every six months at a Leeds dentist. It is a small sacrifice to protect yourself from what may otherwise be many months or even years of anxiety and suffering because of unhealthy teeth.