Frequently Asked Questions About Dentistry
Very persistent toothache is always a sign that you need to see a dentist as soon as practicable. In the meantime, you should try to obtain relief by rinsing the mouth with water and trying to clean out debris from any obvious cavities.
Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped within the cavity (especially between the teeth). If swelling is present, place a cold compress to the outside of the cheek (DO NOT HEAT). Take pain relief if necessary, using pain medicines that you know you are safe with. Remember, no pain relief tablets will work directly on the tooth.
They must be swallowed as directed. If placed on the tooth, they can cause more trouble (especially aspirin)
If a wire is causing irritation, cover the end of the wire with a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze or soft wax.
If a wire is embedded in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, DO NOT attempt to remove it: Let the dentist do it. If there is a loose or broken appliance, GO TO THE ORTHODONTIST OR DENTIST.
At what age should I schedule my child’s first visit to the dentist? Early visits can prevent minor problems from becoming major ones. Your dentist will be able to detect early decay.
Teach good habits early, as good habits start young for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Brush frequently to keep plaque levels low, reduce snacking and begin dental visits early.
If dirty, rinse tooth in milk holding it by the crown (not roots). If not available use water (few seconds only) or have patient suck it clean, then put the tooth back in the socket.
If the tooth cannot be replanted, wrap in Glad Wrap or place it in milk or in the patient’s mouth inside the cheek. Go to a dentist within 30 minutes if you can. Time is critical for successful replanting.
Try to clean debris from the injured area with warm water. If caused by a blow, place a cold compress on the face next to the injured tooth to minimize swelling.
Try to find all the bits that are missing and bring them to the dentist, keeping them moist. Some broken bits can be bonded back onto the teeth almost invisibly. Go to the dentist as soon as practicable.
Why do dental rebates differ from health funds? Health funds have assessors who determine the level of rebate for particular dental items. There is a balance between the rebate and the level of premium you pay, the type of cover and other factors such as waiting periods, annual limits and any promotional offers. As a consumer, you choose the private health scheme that best suits your needs.
Most have fixed rebates for treatments irrespective of the actual fees charged. The rebates are generally not designed to provide full cover for dental fees or even a consistent percentage. In addition, most schemes do not include all treatment items. Some common treatments have no rebate at all. Remember
Your contract with the health fund is between you and the fund. It remains separate from the contract you have with your dentist.
Apply direct pressure to bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply cold compress
When pregnant you should take extra special care of your teeth and gums. As during pregnancy hormonal changes in your body can increase your changes of developing gum disease.
Your gums are tender, swollen, red, gums bleed when you brush or floss, Can’t get rid of bad breath or bad taste in mouth, While pregnant you should practice good oral hygiene, brush and floss everyday.
Yes sugary foods and morning sickness make you more vulnerable to developing decay.
Advise your dentist as soon as you think you are pregnant or you are trying to fall pregnant – knowing this can help plan x-rays and other treatment.
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