Manhattan Dental Care
Laura M. Aversano, D.D.S.

175 South State Street
Manhattan, IL 60442
(815) 478-7788

175 South State Street
Manhattan, IL 60442
(815) 478-7788

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June 15, 2010
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Toothache  

Tooth AcheA severe toothache can be difficult to bear, often times preventing you from participating in your daily activities or keeping you up through the night. The severity of a toothache can range from chronic and mild to sharp and excruciating. It's common for the pain to be aggravated by chewing, or sensitive to foods and beverages which are hot and cold.

Relieving Toothaches

When tooth pain comes your way, you'll want to know what steps you can take to alleviate the pain until you can see your dentist. The following tips from Manhattan Dental Care may provide temporary relief, but it's always best to contact our Manhattan, IL office for any dental problems, including a toothache. Numbing the pain is never a good substitute for professional dental care.

Here are a few simple remedies to cope with the pain until you can see your dentist.

  • Schedule an appointment with our Manhattan, IL office. Putting off treatment for tooth pain can lead to more serious dental problems.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medications to reduce the pain and swelling, but never place the medication directly on the affected tooth. Always consult with your dentist or physician first.
  • Apply a cold compress to the side of your cheek.
  • Floss to remove particles that may be lodged between your teeth causing the pain.
  • Elevate your head to reduce the pressure on the affected tooth.
  • Rinse with a mixture of salt and water to remove any food particles or debris that may be irritating your tooth.
  • Avoid foods that intensify the pain, such as foods with extreme temperature or foods that are hard to chew.
  • Take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly, and visit your dentist for routine check ups. This is the best way to avoid dental pain and keep your teeth healthy.

While it's possible to manage tooth pain, you should seek professional care from our Manhattan, IL office whenever you experience dental pain or unusual symptoms. In most instances, a toothache is caused by a dental problem, such as a cavity, a fractured tooth, or an infection. A thorough oral examination from Manhattan Dental Care can help determine the cause. Based on the problem, we can administer the appropriate treatment to ease your pain.

 


June 01, 2010
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Tooth Brush  

Selecting the right tooth brushBuying a new toothbrush can be difficult with so many different shapes, sizes and styles to choose from. Which toothbrush you use and how often you replace your toothbrush, however, is important for maintaining good oral health and a radiant smile. Here are some basic recommendations from Manhattan Dental Care to consider when selecting a toothbrush:

  • Your toothbrush should be the right size for your mouth and teeth; it should not be uncomfortable to clean your teeth.
  • Your toothbrush should have bristles that stand up straight.
  • Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles that are gentle on your teeth and gums.
  • Select a toothbrush with a handle that is easy to grip and long enough so as not to make the action of brushing awkward or difficult.
  • Your toothbrush should have a marginally small head so it can fit comfortably between the teeth and cheek. The head of the toothbrush should be small enough to clean the back molars and other hard to reach areas.

How to Care for Your Toothbrush:

  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or when the bristles look worn or bent.
  • After an illness, throw away your old toothbrush and buy a new one to avoid re-infection.
  • Never share toothbrushes as this increases the risk of infection and illnesses.
  • After brushing, thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with water to remove remaining toothpaste and debris.
  • Allow your toothbrush to air-dry by storing it in an upright position.

When you choose the toothbrush that is the right size and style for your mouth and dental care needs, you'll be able to clean your teeth more completely and help prevent the development of plaque and other dental diseases. If you need assistance deciding on the best toothbrush for your oral health needs, discuss your choice of toothbrush with our Manhattan, IL dental office.




Laura M. Aversano, D.D.S.
Dr. Aversano believes strongly in providing quality dental care to her patients. A big part of her dental philosophy is listening to her patients and ensuring their comfort. Read more...

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