Taking Care of Your Teeth Until You Can Get to See a Dentist

There are few things more important to our overall health than maintaining good oral hygiene. That being said, in the wake of COVID-19, dentists across the state of New Jersey and elsewhere have been ordered to shut down outside of emergency procedures. However, let’s say you have a toothache, and it’s not so serious that it classifies as an “emergency,” however, it still causes you quite a bit of grief. What are you to do? Below, we have compiled a short list of various things you can do to ensure you keep your teeth clean and pain-free until you are able to get in to see our experienced New Jersey dental team once again. Please continue reading to learn more:

  • Brush your teeth regularly: This is the most basic form of dental hygiene, however, it is perhaps the most important. If you are experiencing teeth sensitivity or a toothache, consider using Sensodyne or another product recommended by your dentist.
  • Floss regularly: Flossing is not optional. Flossing clears away plaque and other food buildups from places where a toothbrush simply cannot reach. You should also consider using a fluoride-based mouthwash regularly.

For Tooth Pain

If you are experiencing a minor toothache, there are several things you can do to at least temporarily numb the pain until you are able to see a dentist once again. Some things you can do are as follows:

  • Use a warm salt water rinse. To do so, simply mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and swish. This should kill bacteria and reduce inflammation.
  • Hydrogen peroxide rinses also work to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. Mix 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water and ensure that you do not swallow the mixture.
  • In other cases, you may find simply using a cold compress will help reduce pain, especially if the toothache was caused by a hit from falling down or otherwise.
  • There are other over-the-counter products on the market designed to temporarily numb tooth pain, however, we recommend calling a trusted dentist before going ahead and purchasing them.

For any additional questions, please do not hesitate to give your experienced New Jersey dental team a call.

Contact the Dental Associates of Basking Ridge

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

Watch Our Videos

Why are my teeth sensitive? | Basking Ridge NJ Dentist

Are there alternatives to flossing? | Basking Ridge NJ Dentist

How can I get my teeth whiter? | Basking Ridge NJ Dentist

What are the causes of bad breath? | Basking Ridge NJ Dentist

How do I prevent cavities? | Basking Ridge NJ Dentist

How often should I get a dental checkup? | Basking Ridge NJ Dentist