Why Your Tooth May Hurt and What to Do Until We Can See You

There are many reasons you could wind up with a toothache. One of the most common is a cavity, or a small hole in your tooth that is starting to decay. This can let in a lot of bacteria and cause pain, especially if it forms down by the root or nerve of your tooth. However, that is not the only reason your tooth may hurt. The only way to know the cause for sure is to come in and let us take a look. Here are a few things you can do to manage your discomfort until your appointment with us. Ways of Easing a Toothache Assuming your tooth is not obviously cracked or broken, then the first thing you should do is to brush your teeth. That way, if the pain stems from an item stuck by your tooth, you may dislodge it and the pain could stop. You should also make sure to...

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Why You Might Have Bad Breath

Bad breath, also referred to as halitosis, is an issue by which many people around the world are affected. Studies have been completed showing that almost half of Americans suffer from bad breath, and only around 20% of those cases are caused by bad oral hygiene. This leaves a lot of people wondering what is causing their bad breath, and what steps can they take to help get rid of it. The fact is that there are many different ways that bad breath can be caused, as well as a number of different solutions. First and foremost, there are many different types of foods that are more likely to lead to bad breath. The first two that come to mind are onions and garlic, which are known to be bad breath causers. What happens is that the food particles get stuck in between...

Ways of Reducing Swelling After a Dental Procedure

There are quite a few dental procedures that require your mouth to be numbed, and leaves you with a bit of swelling after the procedure is over. If you just had one, or are scheduled to come in and see us for one in the near future, then you want to make sure you are taking care of your mouth following the procedure. Taking a few extra steps can make a big difference on how much your mouth swells, and how long your mouth stays sore. Reducing Swelling Following Any Procedure The first thing you want to do is to make sure that you are taking any and all medications that your River Valley Smile Center dentist gave you or instructed you to take. This will help keep the pain down and that alone can decrease the severity of any swelling. Next, you want to make sure...

Porcelain Veneers Can Improve Your Smile, But Is Caring for Them Unique?

Caring for porcelain veneers properly is what is going to help them last. When you get veneers put on by a River Valley Smile Center dentist, we make sure to tell you how to care for them so they can last as long as possible. With proper care, you may not need to replace your veneers for 10 or more years. Here are a few important things to know when it comes to keeping your veneers looking and functioning perfect. How to Properly Care for Porcelain Veneers Since the veneers are just thin sheets of porcelain adhered to the front of your teeth, you need to be gentle with them. Think about glass. The thicker the glass, the more impact it can take, but when glass is very thin, it is brittle. The same goes with veneers, so make sure you are not using them for any hard...

Why You May Want to Come In for a Fluoride Treatment

There has been a lot of research done on the benefits of fluoride when it comes to your oral health. It has shown that fluoride is very effective at preventing tooth decay, especially on those who take good care of their teeth on a daily basis. Fluoride is something you may be getting already, but if you are not getting enough, then a fluoride treatment may be the best option for you. Where You May Be Getting Fluoride Already Fluoride is probably something you are already getting. Between the toothpaste and mouthwash you use, the foods you eat, and any tap water you drink, your body is getting some fluoride from somewhere. The problem is, your body is also using up that fluoride on a regular basis. Each time acid or plaque is left up against your teeth, it is...