How To Soothe Your Child’s Toothache

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on How To Soothe Your Child’s Toothache

A toothache is bad enough for an adult, so imagine how horrific it is for a child. Kids are usually more sensitive to pain and may have trouble sleeping and doing their daily activities with a toothache. Whether the tooth pain is due to a cavity or abscess, your child does not have to deal with the excruciating pain forever. It is possible to give your child relief until you can get him to the dentist’s office. Here is some helpful advice on how to soothe your child’s toothache: Have Your Child Rinse With Salt Water One of the simplest ways to give your little one relief from a toothache is to have them swish salt water in their mouth. This solution will reduce inflammation on the tooth and ease the pain. It can be done before your child goes to school and will make him or her feel a lot better. Instruct your child to rinse their mouth with salt water for a minute or so without swallowing any of it.  Try a Cold Compress If your child’s tooth pain is caused by an injury instead of tooth decay, you can put a cold compress on the side of their cheek. The compress will take some of the swelling down and numb the pain. Give Clove Oil a Chance Clove oil is perfectly safe for children to use, so treat your little one’s toothache with it. The oil contains antibacterial and analgesic properties, which are effective at treating toothaches. After putting a few drops of the oil on a cotton ball, place it directly on your child’s painful tooth. Have your little one hold it there until the pain stops. If your child is reluctant because of the clove oil’s strong scent, explain that the oil will take the pain away. Avoid Hot and Cold Foods and Drinks If your child has a sore tooth, it will be extra sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. Having even a bite of ice cream can make the pain much worse. Until your child’s toothache is properly treated, do not let him or her consume anything too hot or too cold. Remove Food Particles With Floss If your child has any food particles between their teeth, it could increase pressure and cause more pain. Carefully remove any leftover food particles with floss. Your little one might be fussy at first, but they will feel a lot better afterward. Administer Pain Medication Over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, can reduce inflammation and give your child temporary relief. Make sure the dosage amount is appropriate for your child’s age. If your child has trouble taking down a pill, try giving him or her a liquid version of the medication.  Use a Potato Another good way to control your child’s tooth pain is to place a potato slice on the sore tooth. The anti-inflammatory properties in potatoes are effective at reducing swelling and pain. After a few minutes, your child should find some relief. Go to the Dentist Your child’s tooth pain will likely continue if you do not find the root of the problem. It is important to take your little one to the dentist’s office as soon as possible. The pediatric dentist will examine your child’s sore tooth and determine...

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The Dental Dangers Of Alcohol Abuse And Treatment Options Once In Recovery

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on The Dental Dangers Of Alcohol Abuse And Treatment Options Once In Recovery

From its intense effects on the brain and heart to the possibility of liver damage and various forms of cancer, the dangerous risks of alcohol abuse are easy to see. While it plays a role in your physical and emotional health, alcohol can also wreak havoc on the underlying health of your mouth, teeth, and gums. If you are part of the 10 percent of Americans currently in recovery for substance abuse, such as a drug or alcohol addiction, it may be time to understand and repair the damage done to your oral health. Using this guide, you will understand the dental dangers of alcohol abuse and learn the best options for restoring your smile back to health. Dental Dangers of Alcohol Abuse Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can discolor your teeth, but this staining occurs from drinking various alcoholic beverages and not just red wine. You may experience yellowing and discoloration of your teeth from drinking all types of wine, mixed drinks, beer, and other alcoholic beverages. This staining stems from the acidic properties found in alcohol. These acids erode your surface enamel and increase your risk of tooth staining. The acids found in alcohol also reduce the saliva in your mouth. This causes your mouth to be excessively dry, leading to the growth of bacteria and increasing the development of plaque and tartar. Over time, this can lead to cavities, decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. Unfortunately, alcohol abuse is also the second largest risk factor of developing oral cancer. If you are experiencing the following signs of oral cancer, consult your dentist immediately for diagnosis and treatment: Sores and lumps in the mouth or throat Red or white lesions in the mouth or throat Pain or numbness in the mouth, tongue, or throat Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving your jaw and tongue Chronic sore throat Pain in ears, without hearing loss Oral cancer is a serious condition that can be life-threatening without treatment, so taking these signs and symptoms seriously is important. Treatment Options Once you are in recovery from your alcohol addiction, you can begin treatment to restore your smile back to a healthy, appealing state. Fortunately, many options are available to remove stains from your teeth. Your dentist may recommend a professional cleaning and a tooth whitening treatment. During an LED whitening treatment, your dentist will apply a bleaching gel to the surface of your teeth before focusing the light of a specialized lamp onto the gel. The light activates the bleaching agents in the gel, removing discoloration and brightening the underlying white color of your teeth. If you are dealing with dental erosion or tooth decay from alcohol abuse, your dentist will need to fill any cavities and cover broken or chipped teeth with dental crowns. Porcelain veneers are also effective options for restoring a damaged smile. These thin covers are affixed directly to the surface of the teeth, ensuring a durable, permanent, and natural smile restoration. Oral cancer will require a more involved form of treatment that will be based on the stage of cancer. Earlier stages of oral cancer, or stage 0, will require surgically removing the top layers of affected tissue before the cancer spreads further into your mouth and throat tissue. Chemotherapy and radiation may be necessary after surgically...

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3 Affordable Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on 3 Affordable Cosmetic Dental Procedures

When you hear the term cosmetic dentistry, you may imagine expensive procedures, such as veneers and dental implants. It’s true — many cosmetic procedures are expensive, but there are others that are extremely affordable but still give you a wonderful smile. Check out these three inexpensive cosmetic dental procedures. Tooth Whitening Tooth whitening is an extremely popular cosmetic dental procedure in the US. Your tooth can develop discoloration for many reasons, such as stain-causing foods/beverages (red wine, coffee, etc.), tobacco and age. Tooth whitening uses hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to breaks up the stains. However, different types of stains are harder to bleach. Yellow stains do well with tooth whitening, but brown and grey stains may be harder or even impossible to whiten with the bleach. In-office whitening creates the fastest results possible. In many cases, you only need one visit to experience fantastic results with in-office whitening. In-office bleaching costs about $650. Another option is to purchase take-home trays from your dentist. These also work well, but they may take longer to produce results. The take-home trays are less expensive, costing about $400. Tooth whitening doesn’t prevent re-stains, so if you continue to smoke or eat/drink stain-causing foods, you may need additional treatments in the future. Tooth-Colored Fillings Metal fillings were once the norm, and they were great at repairing teeth after a cavity. However, there’s no sugarcoating the fact that metal fillings are ugly. Tooth-colored fillings use a tooth-colored resin that can replace metal fillings or be used on new cavities. The resin can be matched to the color of your tooth, so no one will even notice you have a filling. It’s a great way to give your smile a flawless look without expensive dental crowns or veneers. Tooth-colored are still a cheap way to create a dazzling smile, but they are a little more expensive than metal fillings. A standard metal filling on one or two surfaces, costs about $50 to $150, but a tooth-colored filling on one or two surfaces can cost $90 to $250. Tooth-colored fillings, however, are healthier for your teeth. The resin bonds to teeth (unlike metal), so less healthy tooth structure is removed for the filling to fit. Metal fillings require the dentist to create a shelf to hold the filling, which is why more healthy tissue is removed. Dental Bonding Dental bonding is another affordable cosmetic procedure, and it can fix a wide range of problems. For starters, if you have tooth stains that can’t be treated with tooth whitening, such as grey stains, dental bonding can hide those stains. Dental bonding is also a great option to replace cracks and chips in your teeth. The substance used in dental bonding is the same resin used to make tooth-colored fillings, so you can have a seamless finish. During dental bonding, the dentist places the resin directly on your teeth. The dentist then uses special tools to shape the bonding material as needed. A special light hardens the material once the material is set. The dentist can use the resin to fill in one chip or use it to cover the entire front surface of your tooth. This allows dental bonding to work much like veneers. The bonding can be used to give the illusion of perfectly, straight, white...

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