By Susan Braden
Women are often very busy, and don’t have a lot of time to see a ddentist should they have an oral issue. However, for some probelms, dentist visits are not always necessary. There are six common oral conditions that all have easy, at-home treatments. And most of them don’t cost a thing! How’s that for discount dental care?
The exposure of nerve roots, often caused by receding gums, can often lead to sensitive teeth. To treat this, stop the use of tartar control, whitening, and baking soda toothpastes. These are abrasive and may contain phosphates, which are both causes of sensitive teeth. Also, be careful not to brush your teeth too hard, as this may lead to receding gums. Visit your dentist for a professional fluoride treatment if your teeth are still in pain.
If you’ve lost a tooth due to an accident or too much sugar, you’ll want to do a few things before you visit the dentist. Immediately after the tooth falls out, rinse it off and push it back in your mouth. Gently bite down on a moistened tea bag or soft cloth to hold it in place. While losing a tooth will tear the ligaments of the gums, some might still cling to the tooth thus reattaching the tooth to the gums. However, smoking, drinking hot beverages, and constantly poking the tooth with your tongue will help decrease the chances of that happening. The tissue inside can die even if the tooth does reattach. In that case, you may need a root canal.
If you’ve burned the roof of your mouth due to eating that steamy hot pizza too quickly, then you may want to avoid eating acidic foods afterward, such as oranges or tomatoes. You also may want to apply a liquid anesthetic, such as Kanka, that sticks to saliva-coated tissue in order to protect the burn. To help further reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process, your dentist may prescribe a topical steroid cream.
Everyone’s burned their tongue on hot chocolate or coffee at some point in their life. The next time this happens to you, try soothing the burn by rinsing with a solution of a teaspoon of salt and a cup of warm water. The salt will bring the infection to the surface of the tissue where the body will eliminate it, and helps to neutralize the acid in your mouth that contributes to the growth of bacteria.
If your jaw is sore, it may be because you’re grinding your teeth at night. Extreme grinders may develop TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) which may lead to bad headaches from the front of the ears down to the lower jaw. You’re less likely to grind if you’re relaxed before bed. Do what you can to sooth yourself before you go to sleep: take a hot bath, listen to music, etc. It may also help to sleep on your back. If all else fails, take a trip down to a cheap dentist office to get fitted for a night guard.
There are many possible causes of canker sores, but sharp, crunchy, or spicy foods can further irritate them. To help protect from irritation, apply some vegetable oil to a cotton ball and hold it on the sore for about a minute. Do this three or four times a day. The oil will coat the sore and thus eliminate some of the pain and irritation.
If you don’t have any discount dental coverage for these procedures, don’t worry yet. These six common oral health issues are not too serious and do not require a dentist visit. If you are suffering from more severe oral problems, however, a discount dental plan may be a help.