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My molar began to hurt one night so much that it woke me up. I hadn't been to the dentist regularly, so I knew it was my bad habits catching up to me. I took pain relievers for a few days that dulled the pain, and then I developed a big bump on my gum. It scared me enough to finally go to the dentist. He told me the bump was an abscess from a bad tooth infection. He said that if I had waited too much longer, the infection could have spread to my sinuses and even my brain! He gave me antibiotics and in a few days he was able to save the tooth with a root canal. I created this blog to tell other people that if your tooth hurts, then go to the dentist immediately. You probably have an infection that will only keep getting worse.

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Weekend Emergencies: What To Do When Your Filling Falls Out Of A Large Cavity

by Violet Jensen

If a filling falls out of a tooth with a small cavity on the weekend, you probably can wait until your dentist's office reopens to receive treatment. But if the filling falls out of a tooth with a very large cavity, you must do something about it right now. A large cavity can create a host of dental problems if it's compromised by bacteria and food. There are things you may do to protect the tooth and prevent dental complications until you see the dentist, including flushing out the tooth.

Why Should You Flush Out the Cavity?

There are hundreds of different types of bacteria that may live in the human mouth. Although many of these microorganisms live in harmony with your mouth, other types of bacteria may travel inside your large tooth cavity and infect its roots. To keep this from happening to you, you need to flush the tooth out thoroughly with warm salt water.

Warm salt water may soothe the cavity if it hurts or feels sensitive to cool and hot liquids and food. The salt is also good for reducing bacteria in the mouth. If you're sensitive to salt, you may skip it and just use warm water to flush out your large tooth cavity. 

How Do You Flush Out the Tooth?

You don't have to purchase expensive dental equipment, such as an electric water flosser, to flush out your tooth. You can purchase a small squirt bottle from your local retail store instead.

You need to wash the outside and inside of the cap and bottle with hot, soapy water to sterilize them. Dry the bottle and cap with paper towels, then spread several clean paper towels out on a clean bathroom counter.

Place the squirt bottle and cap upside down on the paper towels to allow excess water to drain out of them. Be sure to follow the sanitizing tips completely to avoid introducing outside bacteria into the large tooth cavity. Remember to skip the salt if you need to do so.

Now, follow these steps below:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly in antibacterial soap, then dry them
  • Pour warm tap or bottled water into the squirt bottle
  • Add 1 teaspoon of table salt to the bottle, then place the cap back on the bottle
  • Place one finger over the tip of the cap to prevent spills, then gently shake the bottle to mix the contents
  • Use one finger of the hand that's not holding the squirt bottle to pull back the cheek that's closest to the bad tooth
  • Squeeze the bottle very slowly to flush out the tooth, squeezing the bottle too hard causes the water to shoot out and hurt the cavity

You want to flush out the tooth for at least two minutes or until the cavity looks clean. It's a good idea to flush out the tooth after every meal for the best results. However, you should discontinue the emergency flushing if it irritates or hurts your tooth.

Once your dental provider's office reopens, be sure to schedule your emergency appointment right away. For more information on this and other dental related issues, contact a professional like Franklin Dental Centre.

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