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Summertime Dental: Taking Care of your Teeth

July 3, 2013

Filed under: Children,Dental Care,Emergencies,teens,Travel,Uncategorized — admin @ 4:26 pm

Summertime is for cookouts, going to the pool, swimming in the sea and lying in the sun.

However, researchers warn that during summer the number of dental related accidents and dental damages is much higher than throughout the rest of the year.

Children are involved in many collision injuries which result in damaged or even knocked out teeth, and they are at a higher risk of injuring their teeth at the side of the pool or by falling from the bike.

Call our office at 719-599-0700 should you encounter a dental emergency.

Additionally, summer is also the time for drinking sodas, white wine, and sports drinks in excess. Try to be careful and moderate your intake of these harmful beverages, which are highly acidic and destroy the dental enamel quickly. Instead, limit yourself to as much pure water as possible, and drink the favorite beverages only occasionally.

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design 719-599-0700

New Toothpaste Triumphs Over Airport Security

July 12, 2011

Filed under: Dental Care,Travel — admin @ 9:15 am

We’ve all experienced the anxiety of possibly having our toiletries confiscated at the airport security checkpoint.toothpaste tablets

Now there’s a way to conveniently freshen up during travel as well as confidently pass through security.

Toothpaste Tablets from Archtek are a chewable tablet that replaces paste in a tube and creates an incredibly clean feeling mouth. The tablet is placed in the mouth, chewed, followed by normal brushing and rinsing. This is an excellent choice for people on the go, and can be used without water.

They are available  on the Archtek website ($3.25 for 60) or at retailers such as REI.

Should you have a dental emergency while on vacation, please call 719-599-0700.

Handling a dental emergency while on vacation

June 28, 2011

Filed under: Dental Care,Holiday Dental Tips,Travel — admin @ 10:11 am

The suitcases are packed, the car is loaded, the dog is at the kennel – and it’s time for summer vacation!

While relaxing at the beach, exploring a fascinating city, or enjoying the outdoors, tooth emergencies can happen.

Here are a few tips for handling a dental emergency while on vacation.

Toothaches — Rinse mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If swelling appears, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin against the gums or on the sore tooth, because it may burn the gum tissue.

Chipped or broken tooth — Rinse mouth and any broken pieces with warm water. If bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek to reduce swelling and ease pain.

Knocked-out tooth — Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth) and rinse with warm water. Put the tooth in a small container of milk (or a cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt). A tooth that has been knocked out has the highest chance of being saved when it is returned to the socket within one hour.

Lost filling — Stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement.

Lost crown — If it is painful, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the tooth. Try to slip the crown back over the tooth. Before putting the crown back in place, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive to help hold it in place. Never use super glue!

Broken braces wire — If a wire breaks or sticks out and is poking you, use the eraser end of a pencil to move the wire. If that is not working, use orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze to cover the wire tip. Don’t cut the wire, because you risk swallowing it.

Cuts on gums, lips or tongue – Clean gauze or cloth. As with bleeding anywhere on the body, pressure with a clean gauze or cloth is the first line of treatment.

We encourage you to add the phone number for Dr. Ken Gasper and Aesthetic Dentistry by Design into your phone. 719-599-0700. Our after-hours call center can still get you in touch with Dr. Gasper for advice on dealing with emergencies.