It’s been just over two months since the UK has been in lockdown. As we see the government working hard to slowly releasing it, we hope to be able to open the practice soon for our patients as well. During this period we have been advising our patients on the most common dental problems whilst staying at home. So here’s some advice to address some of these dental problems. Please share this post with family and friends in case they are experiencing any of the below.
Most tooth pain will not respond to antibiotics. Ideally we would see you to determine the best course of action – there may be decay in the the tooth, inflammation of the gums, or a fracture of the tooth.
At the moment we would recommend painkillers (ibuprofen and / or paracetamol). Keeping your head elevated at night may also help.
Fever and Swellings
You may need antibiotics if you have a dental abscess or a fever. A swelling which is in the floor of your your mouth or is preventing you from breathing properly is an urgent situation and you should contact your dentist immediately or NHS 111 for advice.
Brushing and Bleeding Gums
Thoroughly brush with a fluoridated toothpaste twice a day. Spit out, don’t rinse. Don’t forget to clean between the teeth with floss or interdental brushes. Inflammation of the gums will cause bleeding and although this is not an emergency, it is important to maintain excellent oral hygiene. Hot, salt water mouth rinses will also help to reduce the inflammation. We will investigate this once normal care resumes.
We hope this has been helpful. If you are having any other problems please do speak to your own dentist at the nearest opportunity and don’t ignore or suffer on your own. Like us, we’re sure they are on the other line ready and waiting to help and advise further.
Stay safe and hope to see you all soon.
From the RHDP Team.