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Imagine you are walking down the street and you find yourself falling flat down on your face. You crack a tooth. What should you do? A cracked or chipped tooth can happen anywhere, anytime. Don't be surprised if you are eating through dinner and suddenly you hear a crack inside your mouth only to find a piece of your tooth.
A cracked or chipped tooth can happen to anyone at the most unexpected moments. Here's what you can do if ever you land up in such a situation.
Save the Chipped Tooth
Don't swallow the chipped tooth. Using your tongue, carefully find the chipped piece and bring it out. You need to save it. If it is big enough, your dentist can put your tooth back together.
Put the chipped tooth piece back in a plastic bag. Ensure you wrap it around with some wet gauze so the piece is always moistened.
Until you visit the dentist, you must do all in your power to prevent an infection because that area is susceptible to bacteria. Throughout the day, wash your mouth with warm salt water and keep the area clean. You may want to avoid eating on the injured side.
Use Tooth Wax
Tooth or paraffin wax is perfect for a scenario where you chipped your tooth. Cover that area with the wax. It will help prevent food particles from collecting over there.
What should you eat?
When you have a chipped tooth, avoid eating tough food which you have to chew. It could further damage your tooth. Consider having soup or something soft like noodles.
Reduce the pain
If the tooth chip is causing you pain, here are a few ways to reduce it.
- Use ice to numb the area. Wrap ice or a frozen pea packet in a paper towel and press it against the side the tooth that got chipped.
- When you are brushing your teeth, brush the affected area lightly so as not to cause any inflammation or damage to the chipped tooth or exposed gums.
- If you are experiencing considerable pain from the chipped tooth, have a painkiller.
Get to the Dentist ASAP
Try to visit your dentist as soon as possible. The quicker you visit him/her after the incident, the better chance of your chipped tooth getting fixed.
A cracked or chipped tooth can be a new experience, but it is not one that should be taken lightly. There is no need to panic, your tooth hasn't shattered or fallen out. Just keep these steps in mind if you ever have to go through one.
Traveling does not give you a free pass from taking care of your teeth. In fact, if anything, you should be more worried about oral hygiene because an oral problem can spoil your holiday or professional trip. Often a lot of people put oral hygiene in the back of their minds when travelling. This is true with plenty of travelers forgetting to even carry a toothbrush in their travel bags.
So here's a quick dental checklist to make sure you carry the right things to take care of your teeth while you are on the go.
Travel Size Toothpaste
Assuming your trip is no longer than a few months, you don't have to carry a large toothpaste tube. Rather a small one will help you save space and it is easier to pack.
Get your hands on a foldable toothbrush. It helps you carry your toothbrush as you're travelling. You can even shove it in your pocket easily. The toothbrush should have a cover so that brush can remain clean and dry.
When you have time on your trip, you can floss your teeth. A good flossing session will clean out any food particles that get stuck in your mouth.
A Small Mouth Wash
A mouth wash is perfect for dealing with bad breath. Get a small one, there is no point in lugging around a big mouth wash bottle around.
On those days that you are too busy to brush your teeth, or there is no water coming from the taps, you can at least chew gum. Chewing gum adds freshness to your mouth, keeps it moisturized and is a temporary solution to brushing your teeth.
Tooth wax is one of those items that you won't necessarily need, but you will be glad that you have it in an emergency. You may also know it as paraffin wax. When your tooth gets chipped or broken, you can press the wax around the tooth until you see the dentist.
Have a Carry Pouch or Bag
You do not want to just stuff your dental items in the bag so it spills out and spreads with the rest of your clothes. It would be a hassle if you want to find it quickly. Instead, have a small pouch that can fit all your dental items together.
Write these points down and tick them off as you get them done. This way you won't forget anything on the checklist.
Lastly, have a great trip and take care of your teeth well!
It can be quite embarrassing if someone complains that your breath smells. Bad breath can lead to socially awkward situations. It can send you running to the bathroom for a quick gargle or on a hunt for mint.
Bad breath is results of food particles that have gotten trapped in your mouth. 80% of the time it is due to bad oral hygiene. It can also be caused by various stomach conditions.
What can you do about bad breath?
Brush your Teeth Regularly
The most common cause for a person to have bad breath is because they don't brush their teeth daily. Every morning when you get up and in the night before you hit the sack, spend a few minutes brushing your teeth.
Give your Tongue a Scrape
Quite a bit of food matter gets layered onto your tongue. If you haven't been scraping it, now is the time. There is no need to do it daily, but at least once a week regularly clean your tongue and get rid of the layer of food particles.
Floss your Mouth
Often the bad breath maybe caused by food particles that may be stuck in crevices and gaps between your teeth. Flossing is a very good way to pull out those food particles.
Keep Drinking Plenty of Water
One of the best ways to ensure you don't have a bad breath throughout the day is to frequently drink water. You keep your mouth moisturized and wash away any food particles. Especially drink water after you have a meal or drink carbonated drinks.
Eat the Right Foods
Eating the right foods brings the right freshness to your mouth. Citrus fruits contain high levels of Vitamin D which are great for oral hygiene. Fruits with fiber like celery are a great help in removing food stuck between your teeth.
Gum contains mint which helps clear out bad breath. Additionally, it helps keep the mouth moisturized and fresh.
Give up the Coffee
Coffee contains sugar and it is hard to get the beverage smell out of your mouth. Rather you should switch to herbal or green tea. It adds a great fragrance to your mouth and is a healthier option than coffee.
Watch the Alcohol
Liquor causes dryness in your mouth which is conducive for bacteria to give out a bad smell. If you do drink alcohol, make sure you drink sufficient water later on.
Bad breath can't be worse if it is a problem at the professional workplace. Can you imagine if you go for a meeting and your boss or a colleague 'informs' you that your breath is stinking?
Keep these steps in mind and prevent the issue of bad breath from ever coming up.
Once you are well into your teen years and into adulthood, you have only one set of teeth which have to last you a lifetime. The condition and life of your teeth depends on the lifestyle you choose. The correct lifestyle not only ensures that your teeth don't fall out, but also that you experience fewer toothaches. In turn, you won't have to spend a bomb at the dental office.
A few changes in your lifestyle will help you have good teeth. A lot of these lifestyle changes depend on what you are putting down your throat.
1. Avoid Sodas and Carbonated Drinks
Many people consume large quantities of Coca-cola and Pepsi. However, these are sugary and acidic drinks that degrade your teeth. In fact, it is well known in the dental industry that carbonated drinks can dissolve a tooth.
Instead, switch to sparkling water and fruit juice. Apart from taking care of your teeth, you are cutting on some calories big time.
2. Always Drink Water with Every other Drink
Water is the all-cleanser for your mouth. Whenever you drink a sugary drink, having a sip of water prevents the drink from lingering and causing bad breath, bad toothaches and teeth staining later on.
3. Opt for Hard Sweets and not Chewing Candy
There are plenty of candies which require your teeth to chew it down. Avoid them because sugar creates acids when it is broken down in your mouth. This especially happens when the sugar remains in your mouth for too long.
Hard sweets provide the same enjoyment and they don't linger long enough in your mouth to create harmful acids.
4. Go for Xylitol gum
Xylitol gum is a sugar-free gum which uses artificial sweeteners. This is the easiest way to avoid chewing candy, especially if you like chewing gum. The artificial sweetener used by xylitol gum can't be broken down in your mouth. This significantly reduces bad breath and tooth decay in your mouth. Plus, chewing gum does give you benefits like keeping your mouth moisturized, having a fresh breath and preventing cracks on your tongue and gum.
5. Improve your Intake of Vitamin D
The best source of Vitamin D is the sunlight, especially the early morning sun. Vitamin D is essential for your gums and teeth.
6. Stop Smoking
If you are a smoker, then consider getting off cigarettes. It can actually improve your teeth. Smoke creates a bad dryness in your mouth and added to that, the various toxins that pile inside is not good. Plus, your teeth will get a dirty yellow stain on them.
It goes without saying, but your overall life quality will improve once you quit smoking.
Slowly start incorporating these lifestyle changes and watch how your dental condition improves and your teeth takes care of themselves!
Brushing your teeth in the morning and evening is probably the most reinforced dental habit. However, many parents ignore flossing as a way to take care of teeth. In fact, there are a large number of people who consider brushing their teeth frequently in the day as a replacement to flossing. This is not true.
Flossing is quite different from brushing your teeth. What a flossing session does is reach into those hard to get places, those corners and crevices of your teeth and remove any food particles that have gotten stuck there.
It essentially helps prevent gum diseases and tooth loss. Can you imagine food rotting in your teeth which causes a gum infection? And all of this happened because your tooth brush wasn't able to clean the tight corners of your teeth.
Flossing is better than using a tooth pick too. A tooth pick tries to use brute force to push out the food particle and you will land up damaging your teeth and gum.
Run your tongue through your teeth and you will realize that there are many gaps in-between which a brush won't be able to clean. This is why flossing is important. It gets to places that your brush can't, further enhancing the hygiene of your teeth.
Here are some quick tips to getting your flossing right.
- Pick a Floss
Don't just pick up a string of thread and start flossing your teeth. Ask your dentist which floss would be best for you.
- It's a Sawing Motion
Don't jerk the floss up and down, instead move it in a sawing motion of back and forth. This way the floss enters the crevice gently.
- Pull it Side Ways
Once the floss is in the crevice, pull it sideways so that you scrape off any particles that have gotten stuck to the teeth
- Get the Back Teeth Too
The back teeth are the hardest to get to, but most of the food gets stuck in there since your grinders do most of the chewing.
- Do it Gently
Do not grind the floss into your teeth or gum. Flossing is a gentle process, so don't hurry it otherwise you will risk damaging your gums.
- Do it at least once a week if you have a busy schedule
Flossing is a chore. There are so many crevices in your mouth and it takes longer than brushing your teeth. While it is highly recommended that you do it everyday, a lot of us just can't find the time to do so. In such a case, try to do it at least once a week. Sundays are best since you will actually have a holiday and can spend ten minutes cleaning your teeth in the morning or before going to bed.
The best thing you can do is make flossing a habit. Let it be part of your oral hygiene and you will take care of your teeth even better. In fact, don't be surprised if those random toothaches stop.
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Dr. Alexander Yeh and Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi are registered general dentists. They graduated in the same class at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.
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