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How to Treat Dental Emergencies During COVID-19

Dental Emergencies During A Pandemic

How to Treat Dental Emergencies During COVID-19

18 November 2020

Etwall Dental Practice understands the difficulty of dealing with dental issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are here to provide further guidance on what to do in a dental emergency when you are at home, prior to contacting us. You will learn how to manage common dental pain, as well as learn some best-practice tips to make sure your oral health is maintained as best as possible.

How To Relieve Toothache

The most common issue patients face is toothache. If you are experiencing toothache and are unable to reach a dentist immediately, ensure you follow the following steps to manage and alleviate some of the pain:

  • Keep the painful area cold using a bag of frozen vegetables or a cool pack wrapped in a towel. Do not apply ice directly to your tooth as this can increase pain and damage the tissues.
  • Avoid both acidic and sugary foods, particularly sweets and fizzy drinks as they tend to aggravate the pain.
  • Continue your regular oral health routine of brushing and flossing your teeth and rub toothpaste directly onto the affected area.
  • Gently massage the affected area
  • Keep your head elevated during the night to ensure blood pressure does not worsen your pain.

How To Relieve Wisdom Tooth Pain

Much like common toothache, wisdom tooth pain can become extremely painful and uncomfortable if not treated quickly. If you experience such a pain, Etwall Dental Practice recommends the following to manage the pain:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater at regular intervals
  • Use mouthwash that is suitable for gum problems, such as Corsodyl
  • Despite the pain, it is important to continue to continue cleaning your wisdom tooth as many times as possible
  • Keep the painful area cold using a bag of frozen vegetables or a cool pack wrapped in a towel. Do not apply ice directly to your tooth as this can increase pain and damage the tissues.

How To Treat Mouth Ulcers

Fortunately, mouth ulcers can be treated at home and are likely to heal after ten days. To relieve the pain of mouth ulcers, you can:

  • Clean the area with warm saltwater as much as possible
  • Mouth ulcer relief gel is available to purchase, such as Bonjela or Iglu
  • Use cotton wool to apply clove oil to the affected area

If you feel as though you have any dental problems, please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone on 01283 733391 or our contact form. We will do our utmost to accommodate on the same day of calling, we advise calling first thing in the morning as afternoons cannot guarantee same day appointments .

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COVID-19 update

Covid-19 Update 19.07.21

The rules about mask wearing and distancing are being removed as from 19th July.
However, healthcare establishments including dental practices will still request that you wear a mask when you attend, as our regulations are not changing as yet.
Etwall Dental Practice team are working extremely hard to provide a great service, thank you for bearing with us so far.
Due to the increase in dental care and, restrictions have not been changed for dental practices, waiting times for appointments have become longer.
We understand this may cause frustration, but we are doing our very best to accommodate your dental care.

Etwall Dental Practice supports the government’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ campaign for Health Service Staff