Managing Non-Emergency Dental Ailments During COVID-19

The American Dental Association (ADA) has recommended that dental offices postpone elective dental procedures, surgeries, and non-emergency dental visits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Urgent dental care services are still being provided by Elite Dental & Denture PC if you find yourself or a loved one facing a dental emergency; however, there are many non-emergency dental ailments that you may face during this uncertain time. 

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or an urgent dental issue, call your dentist immediately to determine the best course of action. Below, we have provided some tips on how to manage non-emergency dental ailments to help you care for your oral health. 

Broken Braces

Brackets and wires of traditional metal braces are fragile and can break for several common reasons. Often sharp and uncomfortable, a broken bracket or wire is typically categorized as a dental emergency. If you or your child experiences a mishap with orthodontic appliances, it's recommended to contact your dentist or orthodontist who can provide you with general advice. Your provider will help you determine if the situation requires emergency assistance or if it can be managed at home. 

Dry Mouth

There are several medications, including diuretics and antihistamines, that can cause dry mouth. If you take prescription medications that have dry mouth as a common side effect, be sure to keep your mouth moist by drinking plenty of water and chewing sugarless gum throughout the day. Using a saliva substitute can also assist in combating dry mouth. Saliva is an essential component in keeping your mouth healthy and cavity-free. 

Mouth Irritation 

Consuming an excessive amount of acidic beverages, including soda and carbonated waters, can lead to the sensitive tissue in your mouth to become irritated. If you are experiencing any type of irritation, try drinking fewer or less acidic beverages, and talk to your dentist about how your oral hygiene habits may be affecting your mouth. 

Bleeding Gums

Your daily hygiene routine should including brushing your teeth twice a day for a full two minutes each time and flossing once a day. If your gums bleed while flossing, this can be a common indication of inflammation and gum disease. Gingivitis or periodontitis leads to side effects, including bleeding gum tissue, pain, and inflammation. If your gums are sore, incorporate a warm salt water rinse to promote healing and find relief. 

Gingivitis

As previously mentioned, bleeding gums is a common sign of gingivitis. Typically reversible, gingivitis can be treated by improving your brushing and flossing habits. Additionally, incorporating a mouth rinse can be effective at reducing gingivitis. Your dentist can provide you with a comprehensive oral evaluation and develop an effective treatment plan once regular checkups and cleanings have resumed. 

Plaque Buildup 

Your mouth has bacterial complexes that live in the mouth and stick to the teeth. Commonly referred to as plaque, this type of build-up leads to tooth decay, cavities, and can also cause gum disease. To keep plaque from building up on your teeth, floss once a day to remove food particles and bacteria from between your teeth and use a mouthwash after brushing. 

Sensitivity 

A number of reasons can cause tooth sensitivity. Fortunately, there are several ways to help reduce tooth sensitivity at home. Switching to a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth, only using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and avoiding problematic foods and beverages may all help you find relief. Diseased or receding gums can be a significant cause of tooth sensitivity, so have your dentist examine your gums for gum disease once you can be seen for a routine exam. 

When To Seek Immediate Treatment 

Dental emergencies can be potentially life-threatening conditions. Uncontrolled bleeding, trauma to the face, or infections with facial or mouth swelling can affect the airways and your breathing. If you are experiencing a dental emergency or an urgent dental problem, contact your dentist immediately to determine the best course of action. Elite Dental & Denture PC is here to help keep you healthy and safe during this uncertain time, so contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your oral health. 

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