Dr Marques said: “Whilst we appreciate that the urgent dental care centres being opened by the government, it has been a very slow process leaving some patients without vital and urgent dental care.”
Following the recent news story of a man who pulled out his own tooth, Dr Marques has given his tips and advice on the following things you can do at home should a tooth get knocked out or become chipped.
Dr Marques’ tips include:
• If your tooth is knocked out, place it in a glass of milk until it can be treated (the milk helps keep an acid-alkali ratio meaning the tooth won’t swell)
• Dab a small amount of clove oil on the affected area to help reduce pain
• Take paracetamol (or if safe to do so, ibuprofen) to help reduce the immediate pain
• Hold an ice pack (or a pack of frozen veg) on areas of swelling
• Dissolve salt in warm water and rinse thoroughly for 60 seconds to help remove bacteria and clear infection