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What to do in Dental Emergency?

Emergency dentist orange countyDo you know what to do in a dental emergency?

As far as it may be from your mind, when a dental emergency strikes, some basic knowledge can mean the difference from saving your own tooth and financial expense to having to deal with elevated pain and treatment costs.

Sunrise Dental Center has put together an FAQ and some Quick Tips to help you be able to identify and react quickly in the case of most dental emergencies.

Quick Immediate Tips for Dental Emergencies

  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Do not apply aspirin to the area, as it may burn your gum tissue.
  • Cap a lost filling using a piece of sugarless gum.
  • If your tooth got knocked out, hold the tooth only by the crown (chewing edge) and keep it moist at all times with milk (or water if no milk is available). Having it treated within 1 hour is your best chance of recovering this tooth.
  • Gently apply gauze to stop any bleeding.
  • Apply cold compresses to the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling and pain.
  • For pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil.  Do not exceed recommended doses.

Our Dental Emergencies FAQ

Accidents can happen, and when they do, some basic knowledge could mean the difference between saving or losing your tooth. Our Dental Emergencies FAQ will go over some of the common mishaps. But ALL emergencies dictate you should see a dentist as soon as possible. If the case is very severe and you are unable to locate a dentist, consider visiting your local emergency room.

Q: How do I treat a toothache?
A:
This is a very common dental emergency. A toothache is often a sign of infection in or around the tooth. Rinse out your mouth with warm water to clean. You can floss gently to remove any food that might be caught between your teeth. Do not put aspirin on your aching tooth or gums as it may damage the gum tissue. If the pain continues, contact your dentist right away.

Q: What should I do if my tooth got knocked out?
A:
For knocked-out tooth is a permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times and hold it only by the crown (chewing edge). Do not attempt to clean the tooth, for risk of further damage. If possible, try placing the tooth back into the socket without touching the root. Bite down gently on gauze or a wet tea bag to help keep it in place. Be careful not to swallow the tooth. Otherwise, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk (or water if milk is not available), or use a tooth preservation product with the ADA Seal. Or try to place the tooth in a container and cover with a small amount of whole milk or saliva. Then get your and your tooth to your dentist as soon as possible. The best chance of successfully saving the tooth is to be seen within 1 hour. For the future, consider purchasing a tooth-saving storage device (Save-a-Tooth, EMT Tooth Saver) that may be available at your dentist's office. Such a kit contains a travel case and fluid solution and is a good piece to keep in your home first-aid kit.

If your tooth is badly broken, your nerve endings may be exposed. You will need immediate dental help to avoid infection and pain.

Visit our Dental Emergency page to finish reading the full FAQ and learn more...

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Guide to Teeth Whitening

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Guide to Teeth Whitening

 
Nowadays, the plethora of teeth whitening options are not only confusing, but also vary widely in their effectiveness, cost and comfort. To help our patients get a better grasp, today we're showcasing a guide to teeth whitening from Sunrise Dental Center, your Orange County dental office.

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Three Ways to Whiten Teeth

1. Professional Bleaching

Professional bleaching is done by a professional at a dental office. It requires an appointment and often will require multiple appointments to complete the process. Each appointment can last from 30-90 minutes. Bleaching is usually done by laser treatment where a bleaching gel is applied onto the teeth, then the laser activates the gel. The cost for properly done Professional Bleaching is anywhere between $500 to $1000.

2. Store-bought Kit

At the store, you can find many types of kits. The following are some of the types you will see in a store:

  • Strips: A strip for your mouth coated in a bleaching agent, that is applied to the teeth and left on for normally 30 minutes. Strips need to be applied every day until your desired shade is reached, which is usually around 14 days. Strips tend to be anywhere from $30-$60.
  • Gels: These typically come in a bottle and brushed onto the teeth with an applicator. Unlike the strips, there is no plastic strip covering the gel, but works similar to the strip. Gels tend to be the cheapest, starting around $10.
  • Trays: Trays tend to be considered the most effective in-home option. The bleaching agent is injected into the tray and then the tray is placed over the teeth. These typically stay on for 15-20 minutes. This procedure is normally repeated one or two more times to achieve the results. Trays tend to be the priciest, ranging from $80 to $300.

3. DIY Remedies

DIY remedies do not work nearly as well as store-bought or professional treatment. But most importantly are easily misused and results in damage to your oral health. Some home products that are used for this purpose includes, baking soda, lemon and etc. But again, these are easily misused and end up damaging the tooth enamel, whilst achieving weak results at best.

Whitening toothpate is another home remedy solution. While these do work over many weeks, whitening toothpaste is more abrasive than regular toothpaste, which helps whiten but also may damage the tooth enamal, causing worse problems down the road. If using a whitening toothpaste, make sure it has the ADA Seal of Approval and follow the instructions carefully.

Teeth whitening is a wonderful way to improve your smile and overall appearance. However, many home remedies and store-bought products are often misused and end up damaging your oral health instead. Regardless of which option you choose to go with, make sure to check first with your dentist about the pros and cons of each, as well as the safety of your pearly whites.

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The importance of wearing a sports guard

sports guard mouthguardWith sports season underway, we wanted to remind our patients about the importance of wearing a sports guard.

Q: What are sports guards?
A: Sports (athletic) mouthguards are a flexible, removable soft plastic dental appliances which can provide a degree of protection for both the mouth's soft tissues (lips, cheeks, gums, tongue) and hard tissues (teeth and jaw bones). They are adapted to fit comfortably with the shape of the upper teeth.

Q: Why are sport guards so important?
A: Sport guards provide protection for the teeth, the lips, cheeks, and tongue. They also help protect athletes from head and neck injuries, as well as concussions and jaw fractures. Many organized sports are requiring mouthguards to prevent injury to their athletes, and research has shown that most oral injuries occur when athletes are not wearing mouth protection. Having one means you'll avoid having call upon us as your emergency dentist for your used-to-be pearly whites.

Q: When should I wear my sport guard?
A: Whenever you are in an activity with a risk of falls or head contact with other players or equipment. Athletes participating in contact sports like basketball, football, boxing, soccer, rugby, martial arts, ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey, water polo, and wrestling should protect their mouth with a guard. Other sports, while not being true contact sports, can still provide ample potential for collisions with objects or other athletes. Participants in tennis, gymnastics, surfing, bicycling, handball, racquetball, baseball, skateboarding, volleyball, skiing, skydiving, rollerblading, squash, and acrobatics should consider obtaining and wearing mouth protection.

Q: How do I choose a mouthguard that is right for me?
A: In general there are three types of sports mouthpieces: stock, boil and bite, and custom.

Stock is one you purchase pre-made with no customization. While they are the cheapest type of guard, the level of protection they provide is typically minimal too. They're frequently only available in a few sizes (i.e. small, medium, and large). And as a result, they're often ill-fitting, uncomfortable to wear and don't stay in place well. Additionally, size limitations sometimes dictate that the wearer's back teeth aren't full covered as is required for maximum protection.

To compensate for their lack of retention, athletes are frequently forced to hold them in place by way of clenching their teeth, which can make it difficult for them to speak and breathe.

In some cases, the wearer may attempt to improve functionality or comfort by way of trimming their appliance. If taken to an extreme, this type of customization can unwittingly compromise the level of protection the product can provide.

Boil and bite is where you customize it by immersing it in hot water and then placing it in your mouth. Then using your fingers, lips, tongue, cheeks, and biting pressure to seat and mold its contours. A criticism of this type of mouthguard is that during the customization process the thickness of the plastic covering the chewing and biting surfaces of the teeth may become thinned out, thus compromising the amount of protection that the guard is capable of providing.

Additional criticisms include: 1) They are often bulky. 2) They may fail to cover over the wearer's teeth and jaws adequately, due product-size limitations, incorrect product selection or errors in the at-home customization process.

Custom is where your dentist custom creates ones for you, which will be more comfortable to wear and the most effective protection. The design is not only individualized just for the athlete but also as to the level of protection it needs to provide.

The fit and comfort of a custom sports mouthguard can be expected to be excellent, and therefore create minimal inconvenience when worn. The more comfortable and unobtrusive a protector is, the greater the likelihood that it will be worn.

Please give us a call if you have any other questions, or ask us on Facebook!
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Do germs live on my toothbrush?

toothbrush orange county dentistAnd the answer is... Yes!

With a severe flu season all around the country this year, even a few of our friends have been hit with the horrible bug. Just as we've been telling our friends, we want to remind our patients as well... that after you have recovered from your cold, one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming reinfected is by replacing your toothbrush.

In general, to practice good toothbrush hygiene make sure you:

1. Wash you hands before and after each brushing
2. Make sure your toothbrush is always airing dry after each use
3. Replace it at regular intervals (3-4 months)

Check with us at our Orange County dentist location if you have any questions!

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Supporting Young Ambassadors of Huntington Beach

Young Ambassadors dental raffle prizeSunrise Dental Center is happy to support the Young Ambassadors Org's event tomorrow at the Huntington Beach Central Library.

Tomorrow we'll be raffling off one complimentary custom Retainer or Sports/Mouthguard from your local Huntington Beach Dentist! Best of luck to the lucky winner tomorrow.

You can find out more about tomorrow's events at their website: youngambassadors.blog.com

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