You’ve made a dentist appointment, and it can’t come soon enough. While you’re waiting,
it can help to rinse your mouth with warm water, floss to remove food caught between
teeth, and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you notice swelling or pus around the
tooth, or if you have a fever, that could be a sign that you have an abscess, a more serious
problem. See your dentist as soon as possible. You may need antibiotics in addition to
These little holes in your teeth are bad news. You get them when a form of sticky bacteria,
called plaque, builds up on your teeth, slowly destroying the hard outer shell, called
enamel. Adults can also have problems with tooth decay at the gum line and around the
edges of earlier fillings. To prevent it, brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride
toothpaste, limit snacks, floss daily, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash, and keep up with
your dental appointments. Ask your dentist if you could benefit from a sealant.
Sensitive to Cold
Ice cream should taste good, not make you wince when the cold hits your teeth. The first
step is to find the cause. It could be cavities, worn tooth enamel or fillings, gum disease,
fractured teeth, or exposed roots. Once your dentist figures out the problem, you might
need a filling, a root canal, or treatment of your gums to replace tissue lost at the root. Or
you might just need a desensitizing toothpaste or a fluoride gel.
If you, your family or friends need dental care, we would be honored to provide you with state-of-the-art dental care in our modern dental practice. Refer someone you love to someone you trust!
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