If you are experiencing unusual or excessive bleeding, trauma or swelling, seek help immediately.
Call us during working hours and we will do everything we can to see you as soon as possible.
or Call the NHS out of hours– their 111 service is staffed by experienced advisers and healthcare professionals who will be able to direct you towards the best course of action. This could be an emergency dentist, a late-night pharmacy, a walk-in centre or even A&E.
Common urgent problems include toothache, lost fillings or crowns and denture problems. Please phone us on the day for availability and we will do our best to make sure you are seen as soon as possible.
Choose from the options below for help and advice on what to do in an emergency
Don’t worry, it’s generally easy to restore a damaged tooth. If it hurts, try to avoid biting in that area or eating hot or cold foods. Make an urgent appointment with us for assessment and treatment.
If you lose one or more of your teeth due to a blow or fall, you should recover it if possible and gently rinse it to remove any dirt or debris. To protect the fibres on the root surface, avoid handling the root. If you can keep it in its socket until you can get emergency dental treatment, your tooth will have a better chance of survival. If this isn’t possible, put it in a cup of milk. If it has been simply pushed out of place, don’t force it back into its socket; just apply light finger pressure to ease it back to its normal alignment. Use a moist tissue or gauze to hold it in its place and call us immediately.
If you have severe pain in your teeth or gums, that cannot be controlled by over the counter pain killers, call us immediately so we can assess the cause and treat the problem to relieve your discomfort.
If your mouth or gums are swollen, it’s usually due to an infection. An infected swelling would usually feel warm to the touch as well as being tender. Call us immediately so the source can be determined. After checking your teeth and gums thoroughly, we will prescribe an appropriate treatment and any necessary medications.
If a filling is loose, avoid touching it and call us to have it repaired or replaced. If it falls out, remove it from your mouth to avoid swallowing or choking on it. Call us for an appointment, where we will replace it with a new one.
If a crown is loose, you should have it re-cemented as soon as possible. If it falls out, keep it safe, as we may be able to cement it back into place.
This shouldn’t be alarming unless it is excessive or doesn’t stop. Apply pressure to the site with a handkerchief or gauze for at least 15 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after 1-2 hours, call us for further advice.
As many as four in ten of us don’t brush our teeth twice a day, and an alarming number say they don’t know how to prevent gum disease. At Beaufort Dental, we want to change that. There’s a proven link between good oral health and good overall health – so look after your teeth, and you’ll be looking after your wellbeing too.
Good brushing is essential to getting rid of the cavity-casuing plaque that builds up around the gumline during the day.
• Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening, for two minutes. Time yourself!
• If you’re using a manual toothbrush, start with outer and inner surfaces. Brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line using short horizontal strokes, taking care to reach the back teeth. Next, hold the brush flat and brush back and forth along the chewing surfaces. When you reach the inner sides of your front teeth, hold the brush vertically and brush the tip gently up and down.
• If you’re using an electric toothbrush, use circular movements to brush your teeth and don’t scrub too hard along the gum line; you’ll risk irritating your gums if you do.
• Don’t forget your tongue! Brush in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and the bacteria that cause bad breath.
Flossing isn’t just for removing food from between the teeth – it protects your gums and prevents bad breath too. Dentists strongly recommended that you incorporate flossing into your cleaning regime. Follow our technique for the best results.
• Take around 45cm of floss or dental tape, and wind it round your fingers so that you have a couple of inches taut between your hands.
• Push the taut floss or dental tape as far down as it will go between the teeth and into the area between your teeth and gums.
• Move the floss up and down between each tooth, 8-10 times, to remove food and plaque.
Cleaning around crowns, bridges, implants and dentures requires extra care – both to prevent gum disease and tooth decay, and to secure the financial investment you’ve made in your smile.
Carefully clean around the margins of the crowns to protect the area where the crown meets the gum. If you don’t, your gums may recede which will not only look unsightly, it may expose sensitive dentine. This is the part of the tooth that covers the nerve.
If you’ve invested in implants, it’s imperative that you folllow a strict daily cleaning regime to prevent peri-implantitis – inflammation of the area around the implant. This not only causes the implant to fail, but also leads to catastrophic bone loss. As well as excellent cleaning at home, you will need to attend regular hygiene appointments for a more in-depth clean with specialist tools.
Dentures must be kept as clean as possible to protect against further tooth loss, gum disease and bacterial or fungal infections. Clean them at least once during the day, after meals if necessary, and extra-thoroughly at night time. Your dentist will give cleaning advice specific to the type of denture you’re using – but, as a general rule, the cleaning process involves brushing, soaking in effervescent denture cleaner, then brushing again as you would with your own teeth.
No matter how old you are, it’s never too early to understand which foods and drinks are the worst offenders when it comes to tooth decay – and there are lots out there that might surprise you. At Beaufort Dental Clinic, we strive to educate our patients on maintaining a healthy diet that doesn’t impact badly on their teeth – so here’s a rundown of what you need to know. And don’t forget to make an appointment with our hygienists for personalised advice on your diet.
Most people know that sweet foods and fizzy drinks cause cavities. And the two major culprits here are sugar and acid. While it’s easy to cut down on sweets and lemonade, there are lots of foods and drinks out there that you may not realise are bad for your teeth – so get educated on the best kind of diet for a healthy mouth.
Lots of everyday foods are a secret source of added sugar. Anything you buy from the supermarket that comes in a sauce is a likely candidate for hidden sugars. Common culprits include:
• Baked beans
• Ketchup, soy sauce, barbeque sauce
• Stir-in sauces
• Ready meals
• Tomato soup
• Pre-prepared sandwiches
• Salad dressing
• Cereals & breakfast bars
While we dentists would happily ban all sugary, acidic foods given the chance, we know that indulging a sweet tooth is an everyday reality. Cutting down on sugar and making wiser meal choices is the only way to ensure the longterm health of your mouth – but timing your sugar intake is also a clever way to mitigate against tooth decay. Dentists agree that if you’re going to eat sugary, acidic foods, it’s better to do it all at once, or at mealtimes, rather than constantly snacking on smaller portions throughout the day.
Think you have a healthy diet? Watch out for “healthier” alternatives – they might be kinder to your waistline, but they wreak havoc on your teeth. Good oral health is the proven key to good general health – so if you regularly consume any of the following, it might be time for a nutritional rethink.
It’s refreshing, calorie-free and a hundred times healthier than a cola – but the sparkle in your spring water erodes enamel, leaving your teeth vulnerable to decay.
Imagine the dental bill – then swap it for still!
A great option if you want to avoid the staining effects of red wine, right? Wrong. White wine is highly acidic, which causes enamel erosion – which in turn makes teeth more prone to staining.
Enjoy it with cheese, which can help reduce the risk of acid erosion.
They might be found in the health food aisle, but they’re often packed with more added sugar than the processed cereals you wouldn’t touch with a barge pole.
Always eat with milk or natural yoghurt – the calcium and vitamin D in dairy helps lessen the impact of sugar.
The Insta-friendly symbol of aspirational clean eating, green juices are nonetheless terrible for teeth! All that highly concentrated fruit is no magic bullet when it comes to oral health.
Sip it through a straw to reduce your juice’s contact with your teeth, and rinse with water afterwards.
Whereas fresh fruit ‘cushions’ its sugar in water and fibre, sticky dried fruit can be as damaging to teeth as a packet of sweets.
Snack on nuts instead – they’re rich in protein to fill you up, and their texture actually helps keep teeth clean.
Effervescent is a nice word for ‘fizzy’ – and we know that fizz erodes enamel, regardless of how healthy the rest of the drink is. Gummy vitamins might be tasty, but that’s because they contain seven times as much sugar as regular vitamins – plus, their gummy structure allows for fewer nutrients to be included.
Swap for a vitamin you can take with water. Even better, make sure you have a balanced diet and you won’t need vitamins at all!