Dental Advice During the Coronavirus Outbreak

This page offers advice on common dental problems which would often make people want to visit the dentist.

These include:

With all dental problems…
Good oral hygiene with a fluoride toothpaste and limiting sugar intake will help prevent dental problems.

The practice has now re-opened. We recommend you book an appointment so we can provide a thorough assessment and diagnosis.

Toothache

If you have toothache we recommend you take regular pain killers.

Paracetamol is preferred to Ibuprofen unless your GP has specifically advised you to avoid paracetamol. This is because there is an ongoing concern regarding the use of ibuprofen worsening Coronavirus. Please follow the dosage instructions on the packaging and DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE and DO NOT TAKE IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO ANY OF THE INGREDIENTS.

If regular pain killers are not relieving pain to a manageable level then please contact the practice.

Swelling

If you have a swelling on your gum it may be an abscess. An abscess can be present on a tooth for many months or even years before it is identified and treated so please do not panic.

If there is a spot on the swollen area, with gentle pressure you may be able to drain pus from the gum yourself. If the area drains easily you should use warm salt water mouthwashes to help keep the area clean.

If you are in pain, please follow the toothache advice above.

If you are not self-isolating and the swelling extends under your tongue, towards the floor of your mouth you must visit A&E. If you are self-isolating due to yourself or a member of your household having coronavirus symptoms you should phone 999 so extra precautions can be taken.

If your face is visibly swollen but you are able to breathe and swallow as normal, please send a photo to the practice email info@westburysmiles.co.uk and contact the practice on 0117 302 1478.

Lost Filling / Broken Tooth

If you have a broken tooth please do not panic. You may be able to obtain a temporary filling such as the Dentek Repair Kit from your local pharmacy. Please see: https://www.boots.com/dentek-temporary-filling-material-repair-kit-10197863

If there is a sharp edge try using an emery board to smooth the area.

If you have pain please read the Toothache section above.

Bleeding After Extraction

Bleeding tends to respond well to pressure. Bite on a clean hankerchief firmly for 30 minutes.

Pink saliva and a little bit of oozing from the extraction site are both normal. If the bleeding has not been controlled after 30 minutes, please call the practice on 0117 302 1478.

Bleeding Gums

Gums usually bleed as a result of gum disease caused by bacteria in dental plaque. Gums will not stop bleeding until regular, good-quality brushing is performed. Brush your teeth and gums twice a day spending extra time on the areas that bleed.

If you have interdental aids such as floss or TePe brushes you should use these twice daily also.

Denture Problems

If your dentures are rubbing you can adjust any sharp/rough areas with an emery board. Leave your dentures out if they are to sore to wear and try eating soft foods. If your dentures are loose consider using a fixative such as Fixadent, Polygrip or Seabond.

Lost Crown/Veneer

You may be able to temporarily recement your crown with a temporary filling material from your local pharmacy.
Please see: https://www.boots.com/dentek-temporary-filling-material-repair-kit-10197863.
If this is not possible, leave the crown off.

If you have pain please read the toothache advice above.

Sensitivity

Teeth can sometimes become sensitive if you have receding gums, large fillings or decay. Try rubbing some sensitive toothpaste like Sensodyne on the sensitive areas and leaving it on overnight.

If you have pain please read the toothache advice above.

Ulcers

Ulcers can flare up during stressful times. Try eating a soft diet and avoid spicy, salty and acidic foods if possible.

If you have recently changed your toothpaste you may be sensitive to an ingredient called Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) so try using a toothpaste which doesn’t contain SLS, such as Sensodyne Pronamel.

Your local pharmacy may stock Bonjela which can be applied every 3 hours to the sore area. Adult and child variants are available:
Adults and children over 16: https://www.boots.com/bonjela-15g-10007304
Children: https://www.boots.com/bonjela-junior-gel-15g-10173646

Alternatively you can try Difflam from your local pharmacy to ease the discomfort.
Please see: https://www.boots.com/difflam-throat-and-mouth-spray-30ml-p-10206819

Further Advice

If you require any further advice or reassurance please don't hesitate to email the practice at info@westburysmiles.co.uk and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.