Dental Advice

  • Everytime you eat sugary foods, the bacteria in plaque reacts to form acids that will attack the enamel of your teeth for up to an hour afterwards.  This means it is better to eat a bag of sweets all at once, rather than to spread them out over a few hours.
  • To reduce discomfort from sensitive teeth, try applying toothpaste around the base of the tooth after brushing and leave it there.
  • If you have a toothache, an anti-inflammatory painkiller such as ibuprofen will great greater pain relief than paracetamol.
  • Bleeding gums is not a reason to stop flossing---on the contrary, it is a sign that you need to do it more regularly.
  • Do not place crushed aspirin around a sore tooth, it can lead to an aspirin burn inside the mouth.

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