Thursday, October 20, 2022

8 Dental Problems You Can Temporarily Fix Yourself!

Here are a few ways to treat some dental problems from home, until you can visit your dentist.

Sensitive Teeth:
Cause: Exposed nerve root.
Treatment: Lay off whiting treatments, and brush teeth a little softer than normal.

Lost Tooth:
Cause: Sports.
Treatment: Rinse the tooth with milk and push it back in right away, then bite down gently on a soft cloth or moistened tea bag to hold it in place. Then visit your dentist immediately. 

Burned Palate:
Cause: Hot food.
Treatment: Try using Kenalog in Orabase, an over-the-counter corticosteroid paste that creates a protective coating on the burn and speeds healing.

Burned Tongue:
Cause: Hot drink or food.
Treatment: Rinse your mouth with a solution of 1 teaspoon of salt and a cup of warm water.

Jaw Soreness:
Cause: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ).
Treatment: Try sleeping on your side or back with a supportive pillow.

Canker Sore:
Cause: Sugary foods/Citrus.
Treatment: Apply vegetable oil to a cotton ball and hold it against the sore three or four times a day.

Lost Filling:
Cause: Popcorn, Peanuts, Carmel.
Treatment: You can use sugarless chewing gum (chew it first) or soft wax to caulk the hole and reduce the sensitivity until you can visit your dentist.

Gum Pain:
Cause: Gingivitis (gum disease), tobacco use.
Treatment: Ease the pain by swishing peppermint tea around your mouth.

Remember, when dental problems appear, it's extremely important to contact your dentist.

*This is not intended as medical advice. *

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