Top tips to tackle a toothache at home

Tackle a toothache in Jannali

Have you ever been wide awake at 3am with throbbing toothache pain that prevents you from sleep? Chances are, you have. Or will, sometime in the future.

Toothaches are likely to affect everyone at some stage in their lives. Sometimes the pain comes out of nowhere – and it can be in varying degrees, ranging from a dull throb to a sharp and severe stabbing pain.😧

No matter what level of pain your toothache is causing it can be pretty distressing. And a toothache at night, where it affects your ability to sleep, can be a really horrible experience.

What to do when you have a toothache

If you are experiencing severe pain, or any other extreme discomfort or swelling in your mouth teeth or gums, you should call us immediately and make an appointment to have it urgently reviewed.

If you’re experiencing toothache that is not extreme, and you can’t get to your dentist immediately, here are a few remedies you can try in order to ease the discomfort at home:

Rinse your mouth with warm salty water;
Brush with a toothpaste specially formulated for sensitive teeth, and floss thoroughly;
Apply a cold compress (or even a bag of frozen vegies) to the painful area;
Pain relievers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can help ease discomfort;
Oil of cloves, which is a product found in most health food stores, can be applied to the painful tooth with a cotton swab. Clove oil has numbing and antibacterial qualities that can help ease sensitivity.

One of the main reasons a toothache often gets worse at night, is due to blood flow when you lie down. 🛏️

Lying down horizontally means that all the blood flows towards your head and can cause pressure on the sensitive area where your sore tooth lies. The blood flow is what causes the intense throbbing sensation that keeps you awake.😫

So if this happens, try to sleep with your head in an elevated position – using pillows to prop your head up so the blood isn’t causing extra pressure on the sensitive areas. It’s a simple thing that will help.

Finally, if your toothache lasts more then 1-2 days don’t let it go untreated.  Our Jannali dentist Dr Brian Chen can sort you out in no time.

Do NOT put off your visit to the dentist. The best place to be, if you’re suffering toothache, especially one that doesn’t go away quickly, is in the dental chair.

Give us a call on 📞 (02) 9528 9204 to make an appointment – or leave us a message right here, and we will get back to you.

What do I do if my child knocks out a baby tooth?

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You were carefully watching your child playing but then in the blink of an eye, there was a fall, a bleeding mouth and a missing baby tooth. And probably alot of tears.

This can be a heart-stopping occasion for a parent, and it happens more then you realise.

Luckily, the management of a knocked out baby tooth is actually pretty simple if you follow these simple steps.  More often then not a missing baby tooth actually looks a lot worse than it actually is.

The first thing to do is don’t panic.

If you can, try and have a look inside your child’s mouth to gauge an idea about what has happened – there can be a lot of bleeding if the lips have been involved in the accident and this can make getting a visual tricky.

If there is a bit of blood, then apply direct pressure to the gum with a clean washcloth or rolled-up piece of sterile gauze. If the child is old enough to understand, have them bite down on it gently.

If it looks as though your child has injured more than just his or her tooth, go to Hospital Emergency, where a doctor can check things out thoroughly.

If it’s simply a missing baby tooth, and you have been able to find it, place it in a small container with milk or saliva (not water).  Be sure to handle the tooth carefully and avoid touching the root.

Do not attempt to clean the tooth and do not re-implant or replace the tooth back into the tooth socket because you can risk infection or damage to the emerging permanent tooth underneath.

It’s sensible to call us at Jannali Dental Care on  (02) 9528 9204 as soon as possible and explain to our receptionist what has happened to your child. We will make sure your child is seen immediately by our team.

If you haven’t been able to locate the baby tooth, it might be pushed under the gum.  But an examination, and a likely dental X-ray, will determine if there is any debris or broken tooth fragments remaining in your child’s mouth.

Your child may very likely be a little sore and shaken but with our caring team and a calm environment your child will be in very good hands. Remember, we are experts in children’s dentistry.

We can also advise you on your child’s after-care, for example, looking after any soft tissue wounds,  any soft dietary requirements, or pain management and relief.  We will also advise if your child will need to be reviewed.

Remember, management of a lost baby tooth from an accident in comparison to a lost adult tooth is very different. While it is highly unlikely that your child’s future adult teeth will be affected, calling, speaking and seeing us at Jannali Dental Care is important.  It’s precautionary if nothing else.

And of course, if you have concerns about your teeth, or your child’s teeth, for ANY reason, please come and see us at Jannali Dental Care.

Give us a call on  (02) 9528 9204 to make an appointment. We promise to look after you.

Dental Health Insurance. Use it. Don’t lose it.

Jannali dental insurance

46% of Australians have private health cover. If you are one of that 46% – are you making the most of your health insurance?

Many people who have private health insurance and extras don’t take full advantage of their cover, and that seems like a real waste.  It’s a bit like having an expensive gym membership you  never use……

In most cases, unused health fund benefits don’t roll over to the following year, so if you don’t use them, they are gone forever.

Check with your health fund to see what dental benefits you have and if they expire on a calendar year basis.  And understand what you are entitled to.

Typically, dental coverage in Australia is split across three areas:

  • Preventative (Checkups, X-Rays, Scale & Cleans)
  • General (Simple Fillings and Basic Extractions)
  • Major (Crowns, Root Canals and Complex fillings)

Exactly what is classified as preventative, general or major varies from one health insurance provider to the next.  So please check your own private health insurance to see what you are covered for.

If you’ve already paid for these benefits; make sure you use them! Here are four important reminders:

✔️Don’t procrastinate!

Delaying simple treatments when first detected could potentially be more expensive later. Prevent costly and serious treatments by making use of your dental insurance when the problem first pops up.

✔️Prevent, Prevent, Prevent

Prevention is the key. Keep your oral health on track. Preventative appointments, including 6-monthly check-ups and cleans, are typically covered by your insurance.

✔️Understand the Gap

The gap is the difference between the price of a dental treatment and what your insurer will pay. You pay the gap ‘out-of-pocket’.

Every insurance policy is different so have a good read of your policy.

✔️Understand what you are entitled to

Do  some research when looking for the best Private Health plan to suit you and your family. Ask about your annual limits for extras. And think about whether you are paying for extras you will just never use.

Ring your fund. Shop around. Maximise your policy.

At Jannali Dental Care, we are passionate about providing quality dental care that is as affordable and accessible as possible for singles, couples, and families.

Take an hour out of your busy schedule before the end of the year to use the benefits you are entitled to. Don’t let the rest of the year slip by without seeing us!

Remember: You’ve PAID for these benefits. Use them, don’t lose them!

Give us a call on  (02) 9528 9204 to make an appointment. We promise to look after you.