How to get wisdom teeth swelling down in minutes
Other ways to reduce wisdom teeth swelling include cold compresses, ice chips, or ice packs applied to the area or to the face. Over-the-counter pain relievers that contain an anti-inflammatory will also help reduce wisdom teeth swelling, which can make eating, opening your jaw, talking, and everyday life much more comfortable.
What causes tooth decay?
Decay is caused by bacteria that collect on teeth and feed on the carbohydrates in our diet. The bacteria produce acid that wears away at the enamel on our teeth. If decay is left untreated, it can cause pain, infection and even tooth loss. Protect your teeth against decay by brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, visiting your dentist regularly, and avoiding sugary foods.
What are the most common oral health problems?
Cavities and gum disease are the most common problems. Both can be prevented with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.
How often should I see a dentist?
Once every 6 months is good for most people, but some people with special conditions may need to see their dentist more often. Schedule an appointment to find out what’s best for you.
What's the difference between a DDS and DMD?
If you’re looking to find a dentist you may notice that while most are listed with a “DDS”, some may be listed as “DMD”. They both mean the same thing—your dentist graduated from an accredited dental school. The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. Dentists who have a DMD or DDS have the same education. The level of education and clinical training required to earn a dental degree, and the high academic standards of dental schools are on par with those of medical schools. Upon completion of their training, dentists must pass both a rigorous national written exam and a state or regional clinical licensing exam in order to practice. In order to keep their licenses, they must meet continuing education requirements for the remainder of their careers so that they may stay up to date on the latest scientific and clinical developments.
I'm not having any symptoms. Do I still need to see a dentist?
Yes. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you can still have dental health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Regular dental visits will also help prevent problems from developing. Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception. Keeping your mouth healthy is an essential piece of your overall health. It’s also important to keep your dentist informed of any changes in your overall health since many medical conditions can affect your dental health too.
Do I really need to floss?
Either waxed or unwaxed floss will do the job. Using floss picks or interdental brushes is another easy option.