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Parents urged to swap painkillers for dental visits for children with toothache

shutterstock_316266965Parents have been urged to swap painkillers for dental visits after it emerged that only a third of children see a dentist for dental pain.

Research conducted by a team at Queen Mary University London found that only a third of children are seeing a dentist for tooth pain, with many parents giving their children painkillers or taking them to a GP surgery or even Accident and Emergency departments instead.

The new study showed that parents were using other NHS services rather than going to the dentist for dental pain. Only a third of children who were given pain relief medication for oral pain at community chemists across London had seen a dentist before going to their GP or visiting a pharmacy or hospital department.

Dentists and public health experts are worried that parents are not making use of dental services, which is costing the NHS millions of pounds a year and resulting in children needing complex treatment later on. Pain relief doesn’t treat the root cause, and children who have decayed or infected teeth require procedures that eliminate the cause and prevent the need for further treatment, which can only be provided by trained dentists. If problems are left to fester, this can increase the risk of children ending up in hospital needing extraction under general anaesthetic. The research team estimated the annual cost to the NHS at £2.3 million.

In light of the findings, dentists and health experts have urged parents to take their children to the dentist every 6 months and to consult dental professionals if their child has symptoms or issues between appointments. NHS dental care is available free of charge and most practices offer an out-of-hours service during evenings and weekends.

Three Things You Can Do To Prevent Toothache

shutterstock_370294100Toothache can make life miserable. The good news is that most cases are preventable. If you’re keen to keep pain at bay, here are 3 simple steps you can take:

  1. Book regular check-ups: toothache is often a sign of decay, and you can reduce your risk of developing cavities by visiting your dentist on a regular basis. If you haven’t been for a check-up in the last 6-9 months, now is the time to pick up the phone and make that call. Dental checks and quick and painless, and they could save you a lot of discomfort further down the line.
  2. Brush up on dental hygiene: brushing and flossing are your best weapons against oral health issues. If you don’t already devote at least 2 minutes to brushing your teeth every morning and evening, it’s time to brush up on dental hygiene and start improving your regime. Brush gently, be thorough and set a timer if you’re worried that you’re not brushing for long enough. Once you’ve cleaned your teeth, use dental floss or inter-dental brushes to clean the cracks and gaps between your teeth.
  3. Step away from the sugar: toothache is often a sign of infection or decay. Your diet can have a very strong influence on your oral health, so watch what you eat and try and limit your intake of sugary foods. When bacteria feed on sugar, they release acids, which weaken your tooth enamel and irritate the gums.

If you do have toothache, don’t cross your fingers and hope for the best. Give us a call and we’ll have you smiling again in no time!

Dentists encourage patients to book pre-holiday check-ups

shutterstock_107224058It’s that time of year again when there’s a mass exit from British sores to exotic sun-drenched beaches. If you’re going away on holiday, dentists are advising you to book a check-up before you jet off.

Nobody wants to spend their well-earned break nursing toothache or avoiding ice cold drinks due to sensitivity, so dentists are encouraging patients to get in touch with their local practice and book a check-up before they head off on holiday.

Dr Richard Coates is urging anyone who hasn’t seen a dentist in the last 6-9 months to have a routine check before they leave the country. He also advises anyone who has experienced any dental troubles to seek advice before flying off. The pressure of the air cabin can cause problems for loose fillings or fillings that haven’t been fitted properly and it can also cause symptoms of decay, such as tooth pain, to become more severe. Pain becomes more intense as a result of pressure changes, which can cause air to expand in a cracked or damaged tooth.

Dentists are also eager to encourage patients who are travelling overseas to make sure they have travel insurance before they go. It’s unlikely that you’d need to make a claim, but plenty of people fall ill or experience unexpected symptoms while on holiday. Taking out insurance will cover medical costs and give you peace of mind that you’re protected if anything does go wrong. Many insurance policies also cover cancelled or delayed flights and lost luggage.

How would you feel about seeing a dental therapist?

shutterstock_383453827If you need a filling or you’ve got toothache in some parts of America, you can see a dental therapist, but how you would feel about entrusting your teeth to somebody who doesn’t have the same level of training as a dentist?

In parts of the US, including Alaska and Minnesota, dental therapists are helping to plug the gaps and reduce waiting times by carrying out basic dental procedures, such as filling cavities and extracting teeth.

Christy Jo Fogarty, one of 60 dental therapists working in Minnesota, said that therapists are not a “silver bullet”, but they can make a major difference, especially in areas where there is a shortage of dentists. Before training as a dental therapist, Christy Jo worked as a dental hygienist for 13 years. She now has the skills to fit fillings and temporary crowns and to remove teeth. She works in a variety of settings, including schools and community centres.

Massachusetts is one of many states currently considering voting in favour of allowing therapists to operate in the state. For a long time, dentists have been opposed to the idea, but recently, a group, which speaks for dentists in the state, has indicated a change of heart. There are concerns about the safety of treatment provided by practitioners with limited experience, and supervised treatment would be preferable; however, there are signs that times are changing.

According to figures, there were more than 36,000 dental visits to the ER in Massachusetts in 2014. The vast majority of these could have been prevented. The state has the highest number of dentists to residents ratio in the US, yet thousands of people are suffering from preventable dental disease.

Maura Sullivan, from The Arc of Massachusetts, a group that supports people with disabilities, backs the introduction of dental therapists, saying that it took her two years to find a dentist who would provide preventative dental care for her two autistic sons.

Tackling Toothache in the City of London

A toothache can really stop you in your tracks in the city of London: it can prevent you from working and going about your daily ways; it can also make you moody and unbearable to be around. A toothache is a direct result of some sort of tooth decay going on somewhere and this could possibly have been caused by poor oral hygiene. However, you’ll no damn well when you have a problem: whenever you bite into something cold or indeed, something hot, or put anything on the offending tooth, you will get a shooting pain tear through your mouth- this is truly a sign of tooth decay. The thing is, it means that the attack from acids and bacteria on the surface of your teeth have broken through the enamel and started to infect the inside the tooth. In the early throws of this, the problem can be countered with a filling, but if the problem is advanced, then the only way to overcome your discomfort is to have a root canal done- which will also save the tooth. Toothache can also come after dental treatments at the dentists. In all cases, you can dumb down the pain with painkillers until you get treated but if the problem is down to tooth decay, it should serve as a warning for the future.

City of London dentist – how to deal with a dental emergency

Dental emergencies can be very traumatic and very painful. This is largely because the teeth are very sensitive and important parts of the body, but also because there is often a feeling of helplessness when something happens to your teeth. Dental emergencies come in many shapes and sizes. It could be a severe pain of toothache, a dental trauma resulting in knocked out or broken teeth or even the loss of previous dental repair work such as fillings or dental crowns.

If the emergency tales place during practice hours it is not that serious as your City of London dentist will be able to see you around other appointments, especially if the problem is serious but the question arises: what do you do when the emergency happens at night or when the dental surgery is closed?

Most surgeries will have an answer phone message that will give you instructions about what to do in case of an emergency. This will most likely involve calling the on-call dentist, whose details will usually be provided in the message. This will be a surgery somewhere that is open for emergencies such as this. Depending on how serious the problem, they will be able to advise you or see you as soon as possible.

It is also a good idea to know what you can do yourself during a dental emergency. Always try to stop the bleeding with a gauze and remember to look after the tooth if it has been knocked out. Placing it in milk or saliva will extend its life span but you need to get to a dentist as soon as you can. Over the counter painkillers will also help to numb the pain in most dental emergencies.

There is an end to dental pain at London dentist

There are few pains in this world like dental pain. If you have ever suffered from a really bad toothache caused by an infection, or even a damaged tooth as the result of an accident you will know just how excruciating and debilitating the pain can be. There are a couple of main reasons why dental pain is so bad. Firstly, the pain is right inside your head and there is little you can do to relieve it (or at least it seems that way). Secondly, dental pain is caused by the aggravation of the dental nerve, which is located at the centre of the tooth. This is a very sensitive nerve that is connected to other nerves in the head.

When suffering from dental pain it may seem like there is no end to pain and no relief to be had. This is not true. Although the pain may be severe there are several things you can do to make it better. The first thing you must always do when suffering from any kind of dental pain is to see a dentist as soon as possible. London dentists are on hand to treat dental emergencies whether during practice hours when they will fit you in, or out of hours when an on call dentist service will be available for emergencies. They will be able to perform any emergency dentistry that is required and offer pain relief in the form of medication.

Home relief from pain can include using a ice cube applied to the painful area. This will help to numb the pain as will taking over-the-counter pain medication such as paracetemol, but in all cases these are no substitute for seeing a dentist and receiving the necessary treatment.

Dental emergencies and how to deal with them. By a City of London dentist

When we get a dental emergency its generally in the middle of the night or on the weekend, and that`s the hardest time to find a dentist says a City of London dentist. Old wives tales come into play as to how to deal with a tooth ache, and surprisingly enough some of them work. Most of us have a first aid kit at home or at least a few plasters, but few of us have a dental first aid kit. Like the Scouts and the Girl Guides we should always be prepared for emergencies, so a dental kit would be handy. Tooth ache is best dealt with by applying heat to the enamel back and front, a warm tea bag can be gently applied and a little pressure will hold it in place. Oil of Cloves is probably one of the better pain reliefs that is available, but it’s not the kind of thing that we easily find lying around the house. Apply this oil with a baby bud and let the oil drip from the top all over the tooth, it will give your gums a burning sensation, but it won`t actually burn you. Whatever you do don`t solve the problem by drinking lots of alcohol, alcohol isn`t a pain killer and is dangerous when taken in large quantities. By all means swish some brandy or whisky, if its handy and you have nothing else, around the tooth in question, just allow it to sit around the pain zone and that too will help, but no swallowing.

Protect brittle teeth with dental crown from City of London dentist

If you have ever suffered from a toothache you will know just how sensitive your teeth can be if the central part is exposed to stimuli. Teeth that are cracked or brittle can be particularly vulnerable to this and may need urgent attention from a dentist to prevent it causing you a great deal of pain. The best way to protect brittle and damaged teeth from further complications is to use a dental crown to act as a protective barrier.

Dental crowns can be made from a number of different materials but most commonly are manufactured from metal or ceramic, usually porcelain. They are skilfully fabricated to resemble the size and shape of the real teeth so as to minimise the aesthetic impact of an artificial tooth.

Once the crown has been manufactured, and with modern computerised technology this is now possible in just one appointment, it then needs to be fixed in the mouth. This usually involves the City of London dentist removing some of the existing enamel so that the crown can fit comfortably over the existing tooth.

The crown is cemented in place using composite dental bonding. It may be necessary for the dentist to etch the surface of the existing tooth so that the bonding has a greater grip. The crown will cover all parts of the tooth exposed above the gum line to form a complete barrier to sources of heat and cold, as well as bacteria and infection.

A dental crown can last for many years if it is properly maintained and cleaned by brushing and flossing but can easily be replaced in the future.

Dental emergencies and tooth extractions by a Central London dentist

The first thing you must do when you have an excruciating tooth ache is to take 2 paracetemol, advises a Central London dentist. That will not only take some of the sensation away, but it will keep you calm. Like all things in life you should keep the number of the emergency dental service available in your area handy, don’t wait until it happens to find it out. Oil of Cloves will also take away the pain by reacting with the tooth and producing heat, this is a pain reliever. In the event that you don`t have any Oil of Cloves, an `old wives tale` cure is to mix salt and pepper into a past using a droplet of water, then putting this on the tooth, always use a baby bud if you can. You will need to be previously registered with a dentist in order to get emergency services, again it is a case of doing this now to avoid a problem before it occurs, NHS Direct is on 0845 4647, call them now and register with a local dentist. The dentist will deal with the problem, don`t waste your time going to an emergency clinic at a hospital as they cannot help you; neither can your doctor except to give you a strong pain killer only available on prescription. Your dental surgery should have an emergency out of hours service, most do, so also know where the surgery is if you have just registered and haven`t visited yet. One of the most common dental emergencies that require an extraction, is an impacted tooth that has become infected by trapped food debris, this is also known as a Wisdom Tooth. If you have one then get it dealt with before it becomes infected, as prevention is always preferable to a cure.

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