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.

What can I do about my stained teeth?

We all want to feel confident showing off a bright white smile in photos and when we chat with others.

Over time our teeth can darken and yellow due to our age, as well as our eating and smoking habits.  Time for some teeth whitening!

When we want to achieve a whiter smile we can be quick to grab the first tooth whitening product we see on the supermarket shelf.

But bear in mind that a stock standard tooth whitening product can actually cause discomfort if there is a more serious dental problem underlying.  So it is quite important to know what has caused the tooth stain in the first place.

If you want to whiten your teeth, the best place to start is with a healthy mouth. So before you jump in and buy a whitener off-the-shelf or online, come and see us first for a check-up.

We can help work out the cause of the stain, treat any existing dental problems and advise you on different teeth whitening options.

Teeth whitening technology has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years. And remember that a teeth whitening consultation is FREE with us anytime –  check out our teeth whitening package HERE.

✔️ Common causes of tooth stain

Sadly, it’s things we tend to enjoy daily that are the main culprits – coffee, tea, red wine, some berries, tomato sauce, spices like turmeric or curry paste, brightly coloured lollies, and of course, smoking.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to say goodbye to these foods and beverages forever…… but there are a few things you can do to help minimise the impact.

✔️Tips to help reduce tooth stain

One suggestion is to use a straw because it reduces exposure to our teeth. However that may not always be practical, especially when it comes to coffee or red wine!  So the next best thing is to rinse your mouth with water and/or mouthwash after you’ve consumed your cappuccino or shiraz .

A simple ‘at home’ tip is to brush your teeth with baking powder. It does an excellent job at removing surface stains, but you should proceed with caution to prevent damage to your enamel. Baking powder is definitely NOT advised for everyday use, as it can be pretty abrasive.

The other simple tip is to stay on top of your general dental hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing and mouth wash.  Getting a check-up and teeth clean every 6 months is also a good habit to form.  And if you are a heavy coffee drinker or a smoker, consider cutting back, or quitting all together.

✔️Other causes of tooth stain

Some stains actually come from within the tooth – called intrinsic stains, and these are notoriously harder to remove.  There are a number of causes, such as:

  •      Small cracks in tooth enamel;
  •       Excessive teeth grinding;
  •       Some antibiotics and medications, such as doxycycline and tetracycline;
  •       Trauma or an accident;
  •       Excess fluoride intake either during pregnancy or by the child while his/her  permanent teeth are still developing.

To prevent intrinsic stains in children, avoid too much early exposure to fluorides. You can do this by purchasing age-appropriate toothpaste for your children.

If you see any change in your child’s normal tooth colour, it should definitely be checked out – so if your child has white spots on his/her teeth, or any other unusual stain, make an appointment and let our team at Jannali Dental Care take a close look.

As we get older, so do our teeth. The enamel that covers the teeth gets thinner with age, which then allows the inner structure of the tooth to show through, so our teeth naturally yellow with time.

Genetics also plays a lead role in oral health and some people are lucky to have thicker enamel then others, which means their teeth are less likely to show stain.

If you have deeply embedded stains in the structure of the tooth come and see us as at the clinic as the stains will probably need to be removed through a professional  teeth-whitening treatment like Zoom (which only takes about an hour in the chair).

✔️ How can we help?

Firstly, we will make sure your teeth and gums are healthy  before going ahead with any whitening treatments. A healthy mouth is the best place to start.

We offer a Teeth Whitening Package – witness your teeth whiten up to eight shades in about an hour.  You will see significant changes in just one treatment – and we can also provide you with a take-home kit to continue the whitening process in the comfort of your own home.

A teeth-whitening package also makes a great birthday gift or a treat for a bride-to-be (or the groom) !

Call us today  on (02) 9528 9204 to book a FREE whitening consultation for you or a friend. 

And of course, if you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth for ANY reason, please come and see our Sutherland Shire dentists at Jannali Dental Care.

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

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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.

Are You Living with a Sensitive Tooth?

It’s a beautiful day out and you decide to treat yourself to an ice-cream🍦…….you take the first mouthful and you’re hit with a jolt of extreme pain. OUCH!

Maybe this sounds a bit too familiar?

Many of us have experienced a sensitive tooth at some time in our life and perhaps you are living with one right now.

We do have great news though, tooth sensitivity is usually easy enough to fix if it’s treated early.

✔️ Understanding your teeth a little better

Each tooth has a hard enamel crown but every one of our teeth is hollow. Inside this hollow space is a group of blood vessels and nerves that connect to the main nerves of the jaw. These nerves, if they become exposed, cause us pain.

✔️ So, what are the causes of Sensitive Teeth?

There are several reasons and causes for sensitive teeth. Firstly, many people believe that only cold sweets like ice cream can trigger tooth sensitivity.

That is not true. When a sensitive tooth meets any food that is hot, cold, sweet or sour, it can trigger the nerves and cause the sudden piercing sensation in your teeth.

You may also think that it is a cavity or a hole that causes tooth sensitivity – and yes, you would be correct! But that’s not the only reason.

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the tooth enamel erodes or wears off gradually, which exposes the dentine (a softer material under the enamel). And when the dentine comes in direct contact with something it doesn’t like, it is agitated and that’s when it sends a sharp jolt of pain.

Tooth enamel can wear off due to brushing too hard, teeth grinding, gingivitis, and even receding gums. All of these things can leave you susceptible to a sensitive tooth.

Some other causes for a sensitive tooth include:

– defective fillings including when a previous older filling is loose or broken
– cracked, fractured or chipped teeth (sometimes a crack can be so incredibly fine you don’t know its there)
– cavities, if decay goes untreated the cavity gets larger and larger, and sensitivity will become increasingly worse. Decayed teeth also become sensitive to sweets, hot and, eventually, throbbing pain.
– grinding of your teeth that cause abnormal wear through the enamel, and
– a high acidic diet which corrodes the enamel so keep those high sugary soft drinks and sports drinks in check.

If you do have tooth sensitivity you must come and see our Jannali dental team.

You may have been living with a sensitive tooth for quiet some time and have gotten used to the discomfort and avoiding certain foods… but if you don’t take preventative action, trust me, it will get worse.

If left untreated, it can lead to major diseases like infection, swollen and bleeding gums, and gingivitis.

The best way to fix this problem is to get professional advice from your dentist.

✔️ What are the Treatment Options?

Depending upon the severity of the problem we will be able to give you an early treatment before the small symptoms become larger complications, which can become more painful and more expensive.

The treatment will depend on the initial problem. Here are a few treatment options:

– Filling or crowning decayed, fractured, or cracked teeth
– Treating receding gums which are exposing root surfaces
– Help you to eliminate habits which cause excessive wear on the teeth, such as a mouth-guard to stop teeth grinding
– Talk to you about special toothpastes which can help with sensitive teeth. We can also apply desensitising products as a more generalised sensitive-teeth procedure.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is, of course, also VERY important. Brush your teeth twice and floss at least once daily. Use a soft bristle toothbrush. And remember, don’t brush too hard. It will wear out the enamel faster.

Now that you have the answers to your sensitive tooth issue, please don’t let it fester. There is a cause and be sure to come and see us so we can identify it and fix the issue.

We can take a look at your diet, your dental health care routine, and family history to determine where your sensitivity comes from.

Call us at Jannali Dental Care on 📞 (02) 9528 9204 to make an appointment.