How to manage ulcers and broken teeth while self-isolating

How-to-manage-ulcers-and-broken-teethHow to manage ulcers and broken teeth wile self-isolating? Time Dental gives top tips to help while in lockdown:

How to manage pain from ulcers while self-isolating?

Mouth ulcers can occur for many reasons. They can be a sign for underlying medical conditions such as iron deficiency. They can occur after trauma from eating something too hot or too hard. They can also occur due to trauma from a sharp edge of a broken tooth.

To reduce the discomfort, you can try:

Anaesthetic gel such as Orajel or Bonjela. Take analgesics such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen. Always check that you are safe to take them.

To speed up the healing try:

A warm salt water rinse 3-4 times a day; using a mouthwash like Corsydyl, Curasept or Peroxyl twice a day for 10-14 days

How to manage pain from a broken tooth while self-isolating?

If a tooth or filling is broken, you may experience pain from the exposed tooth or pain to your tongue or cheek from the sharp edge.

Desensitise the tooth by using sensitive toothpaste such as Sensodyne rapid relief or Colgate sensitive pro relief.

Use clove oil (available from pharmacies) placed on a cotton bud and dab the exposed / broken tooth with it.

You may also need to protect the tongue/cheek from the sharp edge. Use a temporary dental filling (available from pharmacies) to plug the hole. The tip to placing this is to dry the tooth first with a small piece of cotton wool or tissue and then place the material and use your finger to smooth it into place. This filling material may need topping up over time until we are able to see you for definitive treatment. For more top tips as well as how to manage ulcers and broken teeth, keep checking our blog posts!

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