The lockdown of the Covid-19 epidemic has affected all areas. The oral and dental health sector is also not untouched. However, not much has been done about dental and oral health.
We have other big issues to worry about. All dentists have postponed treatment procedures other than urgent ones and announced only emergency treatment until further notice.
Maintaining good oral health is an important step in preventing all types of toothache. So if you follow these simple procedures during a corona outbreak, you reduce the incidence of toothache?
On this page
- 7 tips on Dental Health
- Dental and oral health related symptoms and treatment
- Avoid potential emergencies
- Frequently Asked Questions
1) 7 tips on Dental Health
Brush twice a day
Every 12 hours, a leaf containing tooth germs and germs around the gums begins to accumulate over time without proper brushing. Therefore, plaque that accumulates can be removed by brushing teeth twice a day.
Because brushing teeth twice a day don’t let plaque institutionalize in teeth and mouth. Plaques contain millions of bacteria. Plaque that has accumulated in this way gradually starts causing problems related to teeth and gums.
It should take at least 2-3 minutes to brush. The toothbrush should be brushed gently on the outside and inside of the tooth at a gentle speed, which helps to remove the plaque that is trying to accumulate.
Use fluoridated toothpaste
When using fluoridated toothpaste, the fluoride in toothpaste is chemically incorporated into the tooth enamel and helps in the growth and development of calcium and phosphorus to keep the teeth strong.
A flush helps to clean the dirt that has accumulated between the teeth after eating. If you don’t flush, you are at risk for two major dental problems. First being gingivitis begins with tooth decay and other tooth caries.
Eat as little as possible of sweet and sour foods
Sweet and sour foods that you use on a daily basis help the bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria get their food and hence they result in tooth decay and toothache
Stop eating foods that stick to your teeth
Sticky foods such as hard candies and lollipops keep sugar in your mouth for a long time. The fact that sugar remains in the mouth for a long time is also linked to the decay process of teeth.
Drink plenty of water
Water not only helps keep your mouth clean but also prevents dry mouth. Water helps to flush out the residue between food and teeth remove bacteria that can cause diseases such as tooth decay.
Not only this, by drinking the proper amount of water from time to time, the bacteria also dilute the acids produced by the chemical reaction with sugar and help to prevent oral and dental diseases.
Today, most people pay special attention to the hygiene of teeth and mouth. But if there is a lack of dental and oral health care, the symptoms of a toothache may begin to appear.
If you have swelling around your mouth or throat, as well as severe pain or feeling more unwell, contact the helpline number immediately and get information about the timing of immediate treatment.
Patients with such problems may develop life-threatening conditions if proper treatment is not adopted in time. Hence it is very important to contact and dental doctor around you.
2) Dental and oral health-related symptoms and treatment
Find out the cause of the pain in consultation with the dentist. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics or painkillers. You can take 500 mg of paracetamol or 400 mg of ibuprofen. Remember, ibuprofen should only be taken if there are no symptoms of coronavirus.
If necessary, take painkillers and pay attention to oral health and hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Eat less sugary foods to prevent insects.
Bleeding from Gum
It is usually caused by gingivitis. This will not stop until your oral hygiene is improved. This can sometimes cause toothache.
Brush your teeth twice a day, giving priority to the bleeding area. Clean the area between the teeth using an interdental brush or floss.
Sensitivity, that is, feeling when eating hot or cold
The main causes are gingivitis, a feeling of the tooth being taller or larger, a broken part in a full tooth, a fracture or movement, and an insect infestation.
The use of hard brushes, the wrong way to brush teeth, the habit of brushing teeth for long periods of time, as well as the intake of acidic food and fluids are also factors of sensitivity.
If so, try brushing your teeth twice a day with desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne for 21 days. Pay attention to oral hygiene and eat fewer sweets. In the case of a filled tooth, consult a dentist, if part of the filled cement has been removed or tooth decay is still growing.
If you have a broken tooth, contact the Dental Helpline. when you feel the need to have your teeth extracted, you can consult a dentist at your nearest place. If the tooth is only normally cracked, it is not necessary to panic during the epidemic.
Filling broken or dropped
Don’t panic if the normal and clean feeling falls without pain. In case of severe pain, be sure to contact the Dental Helpline number and follow the appropriate advice.
Wisdom tooth pain
The pain is usually dull but can sometimes be sharp. Temperature changes or friction with food do make the pain worse, but if you pay attention to the cleanliness around the affected area, the pain can be reduced.
This problem can be improved by cleaning with a long-handled interdental or single tufted brush, which is also available at a nearby pharmacy.
Rinsing with warm water (saline) disinfects the area. You can also clean the gums by dipping the interdental brush in saline water. If the pain is unbearable and it is difficult to open the mouth, you may need to take antibiotics as advised by the dentist.
3) Avoid potential emergencies
The best way to avoid accidental dental problems is to pay attention to the cleanliness and hygiene of your mouth and check it from time to time. Self-screening is now an alternative to check.
Do’s and don’ts
- Always pay attention to oral health and hygiene.
- If some food is stuck between the teeth and it hurts, flush around the teeth.
- The pain may increase if a sharp object is used to extract food
- Consider whether the pain has been eliminated by rinsing the mouth with warm (salt) water.
- If your tooth is swollen, apply ice or ice pack.
- Toothache to use drugs such as paracetamol, ibuprofen.
- Do not use clove oil, alum, or lime as it can irritate the gums around the teeth.
- Use antibiotics only as advised by the dentist. Antibiotic resistance is a threat now.
- Do not use antibiotics kept open in place. Check the expiry date.
- Do not chew anything that can break teeth like ice, hard corn, chocolate, candy.
- Do not use teeth to cut or tear anything. Scissors can be used for convenience.
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Dental and oral health professionals and most dental care procedures are classified as high-risk occupations and procedures during an epidemic.
It is best to avoid seeing a dentist unless you have an emergency (increasing pain in the mouth and throat, uncontrolled bleeding, oral trauma, and severe pain that cannot be relieved by painkillers).
It is therefore advisable to follow simple home remedies during this period so that ‘we stay at home for doctors, hence they stay at work for us.’
5) Frequently Asked Questions
Ans.) Dental hygiene refers to the practice of keeping the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy to prevent disease. Dental hygiene and oral health are often taken for granted but are essential parts of our everyday lives.
Ans.) Tooth decay (cavities) is a common problem for people of all ages. For children, untreated cavities can cause pain, absence from school, difficulty concentrating on learning, and poor appearance, all problems that greatly affect the quality of life and ability to succeed. Children from lower-income families often do not receive timely treatment for tooth decay.
Ans.) Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection caused by bacteria under the gum tissue that begin to destroy the gums and bone. Teeth become loose, chewing becomes difficult, and teeth may have to be extracted.
Ans.) Urgent dental treatment: Facial swelling extending to eye or neck.
Bleeding following an extraction that does not stop after 20 mins solid pressure with a gauze/clean hankie. A small amount of oozing is normal, just as if you had grazed your knee.
Ans.) Bleeding from gums is NOT a dental emergency. Bleeding gums are usually due to gum disease and will not stop until brushing improves. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes, concentrating especially on the areas that are bleeding.