Advice if you have any dental issues.

Orthodontic (Braces)

Please click the link below for full advice if you are having any issues at all with your Orthodontic Braces.

Toothache

  • Regular pain killers if you need them.
  • Good oral hygiene with a fluoride toothpaste and reducing your intake of sugary foods will help ensure any decay won’t get worse.

Swelling

  • If you have an abscess, you can drain it yourself at home.
  • Take painkillers as needed.
  • Hot saltwater mouth washing if its draining.

Bleeding Gums

  • This is usually the result of gingivitis or bleeding gum disease. Gums will not stop bleeding until your oral hygiene improves. Brush your teeth and gums twice a day, spending extra time on the ones that bleed.
  • Invest in some TePe brush or floss to clean between your teeth.

Ulcers

  • Bonjela on the area that is painful before meals in particular.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene.
  • Take regular painkillers if needed.
  • Rinse with saltwater to prevent infection.
  • Use difflam mouthwash to help with pain which can be bought from your pharmacist.

Sensitivity

  • Teeth can be sensitive due to receding gums, large fillings or decay.
  • Try placing Sensodyne toothpaste or another sensitive toothpaste on the sensitive area and leaving it on overnight.
  • Use regular painkillers if you need them.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene and limit sugar in your diet to prevent any decay from getting worse.

Lost Filling / Broken / Fractured teeth

  • Emergency dental kit can be bought to patch up the tooth at home.
  • Take regular painkillers if you need them.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene and a low sugar diet to prevent any decay from occurring or existing decay from getting worse.

Oral Hygiene Information (OHI)

  • Brush for a minimum of 2 minutes , twice daily (once before bed) using either an electric tooth brush or a manual tooth brush (small to medium size head, soft to medium firmness of bristles), make sure you brush every surface of each tooth and where the gum and tooth meet.
  • You can also use a single tufted brush/interspace brush in addition to your normal tooth brush to clean along the gum line and around stand along teeth, partially erupted wisdom teeth/hard to reach wisdom teeth or where teeth are inclined/overlapping.
  • When brushing use a 1450 ppm fluoride tooth paste (pea sized amount) spit the paste out after brushing do not rinse.
  • Clean in between the teeth daily using interdental brushes/ easy picks (rubber ended picks) or floss/flossettes.
  • Wait a few hours after eating before brushing your teeth
  • If you use a mouth wash, make sure it is alcohol free and you use this at a separate time to brushing
  • Try to minimise fizzy drinks/sweet/sugar intake, if having this as a treat, keep these to meal times only
If you have a denture, make sure you:
  • Take you denture out to brush your remaining teeth ( 2x daily once before bed), using a pea size amount of 1450ppm fluoride tooth paste – spit the paste out do not rinse
  • Rinse/brush denture after every meal either over a sink or bowl of water so if dropped the denture should land in the water and not break
  • Use a denture brush/toothbrush and warm soapy water to clean the denture
  • Make sure you take your denture out for a few hours daily/or at night time to let your palate breathe
  • Occasionally soak the denture in denture cleansers but follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully
  • When the denture is not in the mouth it should be stored in clean water

Note: Boiling water, bleach or other household cleaners must be avoided when denture cleaning