Caring for Your Teeth When You Can’t Get an Immediate Appointment

The worst feeling is when you’re eating normally and all of a sudden hear a crunch in your mouth like you’ve chomped down on a rock. You probably race to the mirror to check the damage but you know the damage is done whether you can see it or not. The next step is probably looking up your dentist’s number but even if you can get an appointment, it probably won’t be the same day and you will have to take care of your teeth from now until your appointment. Here are a few things you can do to help prevent your cavity or chipped tooth from getting worse.

RINSE: Immediately rinse your mouth with regular warm water or salt water. You want to remove as much bacteria from the chipped or decayed area as fast as possible. You also want to rinse after each meal to ensure that food doesn’t get stuck and breed more bacteria.

BRUSH/FLOSS: Be very, very diligent about your brushing and flossing routine. You want to make sure to brush gently around the area that’s affected because it will be extra sensitive. Make sure you’re using lukewarm water or your teeth may feel sensitive and uncomfortable.

DIET: Stay away from any hard foods until your appointment. Things like apples, carrots, or any other crunchy items maybe make your teeth more vulnerable. Also, stay away from teeth staining foods such as soda, coffee, and wine. When your teeth are not completely sealed, all of these foods can lead to more damage and decay.

WATER: Drink a lot of water to maximize saliva production in your mouth. The more saliva there is, the better your mouth can defend itself. Saliva will protect your teeth until your dentist appointment. A dry mouth is more likely to have harmful bacteria and less ability to prevent those bacteria from entering your body.

DENTAL CEMENT: If your tooth has a very large chip, try using dental cement available at most drugstores. Follow the instructions carefully and make sure to clean your teeth as much as you can before using the product.

Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating patients for over twenty-five years. If you have any questions call our New Fairfield, CT office at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here. Remember to make an appointment right away if you think you have a cavity or a chipped tooth.