I’ve had something stuck between my teeth or gums for a while – what do I do?

Food or other pieces of debris can sometimes wedge themselves in between teeth or under your gums, which can be painful, annoying, and is likely to cause other problems!

Try to gently remove the object using dental floss or an interdental cleaner. Make sure to be very gentle, since aggressive or rough treatment can aggravate the area even further.

Always avoid using sharp objects to remove anything that is stuck between your teeth. This is dangerous and can cause more problems than it solves. If you are unable to remove the object using dental floss, book an emergency appointment with our team so we can help you dislodge it.

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I have a toothache or swelling – what should I do?

Severe toothache or swelling should be looked at by a dentist immediately. Pain is generally your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and the faster we are able to catch a problem, the faster we’ll be able to stop the problem from getting even worse.

Contact us for an emergency appointment with one of our dentists. In the meantime, there are steps you can take to make the pain more manageable:

  • Avoid eating or chewing on the side of your mouth that is experiencing the pain.
  • Swish with a bit of salt and warm water; salt is a natural disinfectant and can help reduce tissue swelling.
  • You may want to stick to soft or liquid foods, as well as avoid food or drink that is extremely hot or cold, as many dental problems can cause heightened sensitivity to temperature.
  • Take a pain medicine such as ibuprofen (if allowed), but be careful to stick to the recommended dosage.
  • Avoid putting aspirin or any other painkiller as a topical agent; painkillers should not be placed on your gums near the tooth, as they may potentially burn the gum tissue.

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I’ve broken or knocked out a tooth – what do I do?

First things first – don’t panic! If you’ve fractured or knocked out a tooth (or multiple teeth), it’s crucial to see the dentist as soon as possible. Call us to arrange an emergency appointment.

Try to gently place and hold the tooth in its socket (if possible and only if the tooth is clean), but if this isn’t an option, you can place the tooth on one side of your mouth (between your cheek and your teeth). You can also place the tooth in cold milk. Do not place your knocked-out tooth in water.

To alleviate any associated pain, take paracetamol or ibuprofen (if you are able to). However, be careful not to exceed the maximum recommended daily dosage.

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